Saturday, November 26, 2022

On Repeat, an evening of dance produced by Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company

On Repeat, an evening of dance produced by Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company (WCDC), will be presented November 11 and 12 at the Orem Library Hall. From football to family and everything in between, On Repeat explores the traditions, habits and patterns that make us who we are.

On Repeat features the work of 7 different choreographers. Artistic Director Jessica Heaton joined forces with videographer Chase Busath and editor/directorAleisha Paspuel to create a dance film that captures the juncture between dance and football: “As I choreograph, I scribble formations on paper with X’s and O’s, showing where different dancers will be on stage and the pathways they will travel. My husband, who hails from a strong sports culture, often comments on how my notes look like football plays. This overlap from our seemingly very different worlds gave birth to the idea that football and dance could be combined in a playful way that could bring both worlds together.”

Two winning compositions from Movers+Makers, WCDC’s summer choreography intensive, will also be presented at On Repeat. KC Lyphout of Dayton, Ohio, who was awarded theAdjudicators’ Choice award at Movers+Makers, was inspired by the poem Two-Headed Calf by Laura Gilpin. Titled Pasture, Lyphout’s work explores themes such as the innocence of youth, shared grief, and finding beauty amidst tragedy.

The Director’s Choice award recipient, Mallory Pruitt, an MFAstudent studying at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, takes her inspiration from the symbol of the Tree of Life. About her work, Pruitt says, “The tree symbolizes both a centering of life and a simultaneous outpouring of life. This cyclical pattern of drawing in and releasing out keeps time passing and life continuing on. This piece explores the many facets and emotions that come with faith struggles and faith transitions. We are all walking towards the tree, partaking of the tree, and we all have times where we leave and walk away from the tree. The seasons change, the leaves fall and branches break, yet the trunk remains and steadies me. No matter how many times I leave, there is a gravitational pull that keeps me coming back to touch the bark again.”

On Repeat also features a number of other unique spotlights. Dancers expertly spin on specially crafted “lazy susans” in Heather Norton’s piece inspired by internet addiction. Associate Director Jocelyn Smith explores the use of fabric to connect a network of dancers to each other. Company member Christi Harris uses nostalgia and humor within a striking contemporary framework. New company memberAmy Symonds fromArizona explores the similarities between art making and tradition keeping, always striving towards innovation but often through comfortable processes we hold dear.

Tickets to On Repeat are on sale now at wasatchcontemporary.com. This performance is appropriate for a family audience and a minimum age of 8 is suggested. The show will run approximately 90 minutes. For a discount rate for your readers or followers, please contact us at jessicaheaton@wasatchcontemporary.com. You are welcome to use any of these photos on social media to help inform readers and followers of the event. Please include the text “Courtesy of @wasatchcontemporary” when posting on Instagram.

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