[hw]The expanse and austerity muffle meaning,[/hw] absorb sound, and the stories that arise from the salt flats, the lake, quickly dissolve and slip into the distance. Without cultural ephemera to record its passing, time moves in larger increments than it does in the city. Here ephemera is a glacial imprint, the impression of an ancient body in a rock, a shoreline far above. Memories are held in the land: the ghost of a sea, extinct animals swimming above us, and the filmy outlines of partially remembered people whose impressions were too soft to fossilize. Stories turn to ghosts; already there are two ghosts of the Saltair layered under the first. Children and roller coasters no longer extant, slide into the vastness.
[hw]Charlotte just finished a new work "Shadows" at Tisch School of the Arts.[/hw] If you are in NYC this week, please check it out at 111 2nd Avenue, between 6th and 7th street. First cast performs Thursday and Saturday and second cast on Friday - at 7.30pm. A phenomenal group of dancers with an intense physicality and fearlessness! Not to be missed.
[hw]Recently, Charlotte and Nathan sat down with Alana Burman of KRCL's The Beehive [/hw] to discuss The Wedding. Listen to NOW's founding duo talk about the origins of the company and the exciting, unexpected path that has led them to this groundbreaking performance! Click here for the full interview.
I am sooo excited for this project and premiere as I am witness to the beginnings (to be a part of the first choreographic phrases being built, the excitement of the Kickstarter being produced, the costume fittings and so forth)... to the possibilities of the future performances (sold out shows, opportunity to work with artists outside of salt lake, the emotions of witnessing a grand union,... and the future collaborations that will be created). All in all, I am blessed to have worked with Charlotte over the last ten years... and I am more than excited to work with her and NOW in the future. --Jo Blake, NOW-ID Collaborator
Jo signing invitations to The Wedding
Our Kickstarter was a success! Thanks to all of you, we have reached our "goal" and have been fully funded to kick off our new project. We are so grateful and so excited to take the next step — stay tuned for information on ticket sales for The Wedding, with performances the 26th and 27th of July at the Masonic Temple in Salt Lake City, UT.
Most Kickstarters than hit the 60% mark succeed, and with your help we are well on our way! Thanks so much for your support. But, we're not home-free yet ... if you haven't checked it out yet, visit our Kickstarter page and check out the great thank-you gifts we have for you.
Announcing NOW: a brand-new interdisciplinary dance and arts company by internationally renowned choreographer, Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Canadian Architect, Nathan Webster. A Danish choreographer and dancer based in Salt Lake City, Boye-Christensen is creating a company similarly internationally positioned and connected while at the same time reflecting the unique beauty and culture of its base. We are eager to bring eyes and talents of the world to Salt Lake City, and a Salt Lake City perspective to the world, she says. Boye-Christensen, who recently stepped down after 11 years as Artistic Director of Utah's Ririe-Woodbury dance company, is excited to step forward and expand her unique vision in both the international and local landscapes. She is also excited to venture into an increasingly contemporary and experimental path. The company is titled NOW - The name functions as mission statement and mantra that reflects the company's commitment to constant renewal and leaning into the present. We have a dynamic Board of collaborators, who are crucial in moving this company forward." Current Board Members include: Gary Vlasic, Jesse Walker, Cody Derrick, Amie Tullius, Kay Cummings, Robert Wood and Scott Hinton.
The company is a framework for collaboration between local and international artists, designers and thinkers. In addition to dance, NOW will advance theater, visual art, music, site specific work and design. Boye-Christensen is committed to an innovative approach to her work, which includes the invention of unique forms that inspire and push the perception of what dance can be. Central in this commitment is her partnership with artist and architect Nathan Webster. The two have partnered on several successful experimental collaborations in the past, and Webster--who is a co-founder of NOW--is a key figure in NOW's inaugural project, which will be titled: The Wedding.
The performance will explore the space of ritual, and will be staged July 26 and 27 in the historic Salt Lake City Masonic Temple. The Wedding will showcase the talents of Joffrey Ballet's Yumelia Garcia, Ballet West's Katherine Lawrence, Ted Johnson, NY based dancer most recently seen in "Sleep No More" and Ririe Woodbury's Joseph Blake, with composers contributing from Australia and Denmark, along with local artists Gary Vlasic, Jesse Walker, and many more. The performance is a collaborative and context-driven work where the artists and site itself generate many of the fundamental ideas for the project. All together the various elements will combine to create a highly charged, intellectually and emotionally provocative experience.