ABOUT THE COMPANY
Performing Dance Company (PDC) founded in 1978, provides a professional level performing experience for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing their degrees at the University of Utah. The Company showcases choreography from faculty and guest artists focusing on the creation of new works and the reconstruction of historical masterpieces.
PDC performs two regular home seasons each year at the Alice Sheet Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah as well as several performances yearly at various local venues and tours in the United States and abroad. Performing Dance Company has frequently been selected to represent the Northwestern Region of the American College Dance Festival at that organization’s National Festivals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. In 1988 the company represented the U.S. at three international dance festivals in Asia, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan. In 1995, PDC completed a highly successful three-week tour of Australia. More recently, the Company performed in Madrid Spain, as well as several venues in New York City including the New York City/Lincoln Center performance in Central Park, the John Ryan Theater in White Wave, as part of the d.u.m.b.o. and Cool New York Dance Festivals, and for the American Guild’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert. In 2007, PDC performed and taught Master Classes as part of The Part des Anges Festival in Artigues, France.
In addition to the new works from faculty choreographers, the Company has performed commissioned works, as well as works from the repertory of many distinguished artists including: Andrea Miller, Johannes Weiland, Trisha Brown, Doug Varone, Molissa Fenley, Ron Brown, David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons, Laura Dean, John Malashock, Deborah Hay, Sara Rudner, Tandy Beal, Della Davidson, Paul Madsen, Zeng Huanxing and Gabri Christa, among others. The Company has also performed reconstructions of historical work by Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, Viola Farber, Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, Hanya Holm, and Helen Tamiris.
PERFORMANCE AND RESIDENCY ACTIVITIES
Performing Dance Company and the directors who tour with the company offer a wide range of residency and performance activities. Touring repertory is selected from the current repertory of the Company. As a showcase for new works, PDC is able to present the finest in modern dance from a host of choreographers. This generous array of choreographic works allows PDC to present an evening of dance that would not be possible otherwise. Your audience can enjoy the works of several different choreographers in a single concert. A typical one-and-a-half to two hour concert would feature between four and six fully produced works.
Performing Dance Company also offers master classes and lecture/demonstration performances for any population. Classes in modern dance technique, composition and repertory are offered for dancers from secondary school level through university and professional levels. Master classes focused on creative movement may also be included for younger, elementary school age children. Lecture/demonstration performances are designed to introduce new audiences to modern dance or to present insights into the art form, and can be tailored for any specific population from child to adult, novice to devotee.
As a university-based dance company, Performing Dance Company’s goal is to create as many performance opportunities as possible for the student company members. With this goal in mind, we seek presenters who are able to cover the costs associated with producing the concert, which does not include any honorarium for the company. We are looking for presenting partners who can provide the venue, production crew, and marketing/promotional support we materials we provide. Any amount of additional support for extended travel and housing may be negotiated. Because PDC is an auxiliary of the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah all the combined residency (performances, master classes, lecture/demonstrations) are provided with no expectation for honoraria. Each residency is designed with the individual presenter to maximize the Company’s impact in your community. We are happy to discuss the many different residency possibilities with you.
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All residency and booking arrangements can be made through the department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah. You may contact us by phone, e-mail, or post.
Mail: 330 South 1500 East, Rm 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84112