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SUPERWOMEN at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

SUPERWOMEN @ Rose Wagner Theater

SUPERWOMEN, an evening of dance by Rachel Barker, with guest artists Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby and Liz Dibble, highlights the fresh and innovative choreography of three Utah-based woman artists as they take to the stage to speak their truths–however bold, zany, maternal, silly, or serious they may be.

SUPERWOMEN will showcase three works by Director Barker, including the Salt Lake City premiere of her award-winning dance film, ​​”Sedimented Here”, set in the jaw-dropping red rock cliffs of Moab, Utah, in addition to live works such as her absurd dance-theater-like duet, “McCall and Celine” where two dancers clad in fabulous 80’s-style fluorescent unitards alternate between giving supportive hugs after sharing heartfelt spoken stories, to hucking white-bread sandwiches during an enthusiastic clogging performance. Her large group work “Kaleidoscope” showcases her affinity for designing space in which twelve dancers (including Daniel Do and Jonathan Kim of Repertory Dance Theater) slosh from one end of the stage to another, arranging and rearranging their bodies and thirteen white geometric boxes inside a stark palate of neutral gray tones. Bradshaw-Yerby (former dancer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company) will perform her self-choreographed solo, “Dear Jane”, falling and soaring about the stage space to a sound score ranging from Schubert to Bonnie Tyler. “Zero Sum Game”, a duet by Liz Dibble features two dueling dancers who repeatedly argue and make peace through a series of impressive virtuosic balances, gestures, lifts, and displays of eloquent athleticism. 

SUPERWOMEN illuminates the journey to embrace our whole selves, in all of our vulnerable and inimitable glory. We hope that this evening will leave you with a visceral and palpable experience, and a desire to celebrate your own whole self, with all of its glittering facets.

Rachel Barker is an independent SLC-based artist and professor whose choreography and dance film work has received national and international acclaim. In speaking of Barker’s work, Edisa Weeks, Director of DELIRIOUS Dances, Brooklyn, NY says “[Barker] is a very facile movement inventor, who understands how to craft bodies in space. The strength was in the rhythm . . . the work was riveting.” Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist KT Neihoff states: “Transcending virtuosity. Making magic. [Barker] is also a teacher. They need to teach everywhere in the world.”

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