“In Prism, we will present a new piece, that investigates the state of mind of the Stand-up Comedian through the format of contemporary dance," says Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Ririe Woodbury artistic director.
The work is a collaboration between architect Nathan Webster, actor Ethan Phillips, writer David Kranes, video editor Hoda Peterson, the Ririe Woodbury dancers dancers and Boye-Christensen as the choreographer.
"The title of this work has proven to be one of the most thrilling challenges of my creative life, as I am not typically funny on stage but have managed to find a deeper understanding of myself as an artist through this process," Boye-Christensen says. "This work is at times humorous, edgy, moving, strange and poetic, and I think that we have broken new grounds with this piece and made the impossible possible."
Collaborations always present unique challenges, but they also result in a truly different experience for the audience. This work contains humor, playfulness and athleticism. It’s quite brilliant and I cannot wait to see the finished work.
Click the below video to watch a short interview with Brad Beakes and Alexandra Bradshaw, two of Ririe-Woodbury’s newest dancers.
"Prism" will be performed Dec. 8-10 at 7:30pm, with a matinee on Saturday, in the Black Box Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
Jennifer Hickman is an advisory board member for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Studio D, and Vivace and is an arts contributor to Salt Lake magazine.