Ririe-Woodbury's Spring Season (April 13 - 15)


Bryton Sampson, Marketing Director

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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2017

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company's SPRING SEASON Presents Elizabeth, the Dance, a Full-Evening World Premiere from Visionary Artist Ann Carlson


  • 7:30pm, April 13 - 15, 2017 with a matinée 2:00pm, Saturday April 15, 2017; The Leona Wagner Black Box at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
  • This is Ann Carlson’s first ever full-evening piece created on a dance company
  • Final show for dancer Alexandra Jane Bradshaw after six years with the Company
  • Tickets available at ArtTix.org or 801-355-ARTS. Suggested for ages 12 and up


Salt Lake City, Utah – Ririe-Woodbury’s SPRING SEASON (April 13-15, 2017) features the world premiere of Elizabeth, the dance, an evening-length performance conceived and choreographed by visionary multi-disciplinary artist Ann Carlson. This is Carlson’s first full-length piece for a dance company and the latest in her celebrated career.


Elizabeth, the dance emphasizes movement and theatricality and takes the viewer on an episodic journey through time and place, tracing personal and public histories through the lens of embodiment, desire, and delight. A set designed by Duke University Associate Professor Torry Bend acts almost as the seventh member of the Company and influences the piece in surprising ways. The dance is accompanied by an original soundscape conceived by Carlson and designed by Salt Lake City-based electronic music artist Matthew McMurray.


“My intention in this work is to pay homage to a present moment, to that which has come before, to teachers, to histories, to dancers and the powers of dancing, and to the joys, disappointments, and mysteries of desire,” Carlson said.


“Ann has created a playfully moving work that is layered with captivating imagery. It is incredibly whimsical, joyful, sad, profound, serious, ironic, and uplifting—all at the same time. She has artfully crafted a piece that juxtaposes movement sensibilities from different eras and cultures and packages them in a way that takes the viewer on a delightfully raucous and profound theatrical voyage. Through her deep explorations, she has woven together layers of movements and performative qualities that elegantly create a wonderfully distinctive dance experience,” said Daniel Charon, Company Artistic Director. 


The Company will tour Elizabeth, the dance through 2020 throughout the U.S. 


This will mark the final performance for Company Dancer Alexandra Jane Bradshaw. Through six seasons she has performed in the Company’s repertory and commissioned works and helped provide dance education to students throughout Utah.


Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s SPRING SEASON

Thursday – Saturday, April 13 – 15, 2017 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 2:00pm

The Leona Wagner Black Box at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

138 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT  84101

Individual Ticket: $35 / $40 day of show

Student/Senior: $15 / $20 day of show
Box Office Fees Apply

Suggested for ages 12 and up
Tickets at ArtTix.org or 801-355-ARTS

More information at www.ririewoodbury.com



Ann Carlson: Carlson is a choreographer, performer and interdisciplinary artist who borrows from the disciplines of dance, performance, theater, as well as visual, conceptual and social art practices. Ann's work takes the form of dance, performance, site-specific projects, ensemble theatrical works, and performance/video. Carlson's work has been seen through-out the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mexico. 


Carlson is the recipient of numerous awards and over thirty commissions for her artistic work. Awards include, 2016 Creative Capital Award, 2015 Doris Duke Award for Performing Artists, two American Masters awards, four Creative Capital’s MAPfund; a Rockefeller Seed Grant; a USA Artist Fellowship; a Guggenheim Fellowship; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and a Fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, among others. She was an artist fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship/Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Humanities Center. Carlson received the first Cal/Arts Alpert Award in Choreography; a prestigious three-year choreographic fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Carlson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah Modern Dance department where she was a student of Joan Woodbury.    





Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Founded in 1963, Ririe-Woodbury (Rī -ŕ ē - Woŏd -́ûr-ē) Dance Company furthers contemporary dance as an accessible and valued art form through performance and dance education. We strive to raise the standards, deepen the understanding, and promote personal connections with dance. The Company pursues this overall vision through performing innovative, original works and commissioning choreographers of exceptional talent; providing dance education for all levels; touring regionally, nationally and internationally; training artists as performers, educators and choreographers; and developing dance audiences.  www.ririewoodbury.com 

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