AUGUST 9-14, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Dance West 2021 in its third year brings significant, influential artists to Utah to share their unique artistic perspectives, diverse aesthetics, and approaches to dance.
The summer of 2021 will be hosted only by Repertory Dance Theater and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City for 6 days.
Dance West Summer Fest is traditionally a three-week workshop/festival committed to the exploration of the creative process, contemporary and traditional techniques, and repertory work. It represents the collaborative efforts of three established artistic entities each with rich histories, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the University of Utah’s Salt Dance Fest. With participants from around the world, the workshop/festival nurtures and supports experimentation, exploration, curiosity, and collaboration with varied perspectives that span historical to contemporary points of view.
Block 1 technique classes will be assigned to registrants on an A/B alternating schedule. Registrants will select their Block 2 class for the entire week upon payment.
The selected class schedule will be carried out throughout the week in it's entirety.
Technique A - Kate Skarpetowska
Lar Lubovitch Repertory with Kate & RDT
Technique B - Daniel Charon
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Repertory Sampler
Choreographic Project - Time/Space/Mentorship
Katarzyna Skarpetowska started dancing at age 13 in her native city of Warsaw, Poland., Kate graduated from the NYC High School of Performing Arts in 1995 and then went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. After graduating with a BFA in Dance she immediately joined Parsons Dance where from 1999 until 2006 she performed lead roles in the company's repertory including the iconic CAUGHT.
From 2007 until 2014 she worked for The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performing at many reputable venues such as New York City's City Center, Washington DC's Kennedy Center and Moscow's Bolshoi Theater. She has had the privilege of working as a repetiteur and assistant choreographer to Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons and Robert Battle, setting works on many prestigious companies.
In 2018, Kate choreographed a Saint Louis Opera Theatre production of Orfeo, in collaboration with director Ron Daniels and maestro Pierre Vallet. In recognition for her choreographic efforts, she was named Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2016 and was nominated for a NY Dance and Performance Award, The Bessie, in the emerging choreographer category in 2017.. Skarpetowska is also a freelance teacher holding workshops throughout the world. She has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, American Ballet Theater summer program, School of American Ballet, Boston Conservatory summer program, Key West Modern Dance, Greenville Fine Arts Center, NJDTE, Peridance, Washington Ballet @THEARC, and most recently at UC Irvine.
Artistic Director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company since 2013, Daniel Charon has been active as a choreographer, teacher, and performer for over twenty-five years. While based in New York City, Daniel maintained a project-based company and danced with Doug Varone and Dancers and the Limón Dance Company. Additionally, he performed with Doug Elkins and Friends, the Metropolitan Opera, the Aquila Theater Company, and the Mary Anthony Dance Theater among others. He is a BFA graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in Choreography and Integrated Media.
As Ririe-Woodbury’s Artistic Director, Daniel has created original works for the stage, gallery installations (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art), and had designed video for his and other choreographers’ works. Daniel is the recipient of City Weekly's Best of Utah 2016 Award in Choreography for his Together Alone Trilogy. Independently in Salt Lake City, he has shown his work at Mudson and 12 Minutes Max and choreographed The Pearl Fishers and Aida at the Utah Opera. Daniel’s choreography has also been produced by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow, and the Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA) among others. He has presented multiple full evening concerts in New York City and has been commissioned to choreograph new works for many companies, universities, and festivals around the country.