Curiouser Oct 28-29

Fall Show October 28-29: Tickets on Sale September 28 through Covey Center ticketing

Dancer: Abby Brumbeloe, Photographed by Greg Baird, Design by Heather Young

Curiouser, an evening of dance produced by Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, will be presented October 28 and 29 at 7:30 PM at the Covey Center for the Arts. Exploring the classic novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Wasatch Contemporary Dance delves into the riveting moments of curiosity, playfulness and transformation found in this childhood favorite. 

About the show, company director Jessica Heaton says, “The book Alice in Wonderland speaks to themes of inclusion vs. exclusion, mental health, the need to “fit in”, and influence vs. manipulation, making it not only a nostalgic children’s book but a very poignant piece of literature for our world today. Just as Alice followed her curiosity down into Wonderland, we would like to take our audience down that same path with us to approach the changing world around us with curiosity, compassion and creativity.” 

About her work, choreographer Jaclyn Brown says, ‘Inner Me/Enemy is a work that investigates mental health issues and their physical manifestations in the body, as well as their impact on social interactions in both isolation and a group setting. Based on the Mad Hatter’s question “Have I gone mad?” from the novel Alice in Wonderland, we navigate this sensitive issue with respect to the community that it affects and an aim to destigmatize discussion of its related topics. During the process of creation, it has been difficult to probe questions about how to embody the various forms of mental illness in a way that deals with the elements of dance, rather than adopting a characterization we do not have experience with ourselves. Although discussions have been had with the dancers about our very real experiences with mental health crises, we have made an immense effort to abstract these concepts into a piece that displays a less-than literal interpretation.”

The concert will feature work from company directors Jessica Heaton, Heather Norton, and Jocelyn Smith with company choreographers Rachel Robison, Jaclyn Brown, and guest choreographer Elizabeth Dibble also presenting work. The show is appropriate for a family audience (ages 6 and up) and will run approximately 90 minutes with one intermission. On October 29 from 4-6:30 PM Wasatch Contemporary dancers and directors will also offer a workshop for dancers ages 14-18 in conjunction with the performance. For more info on the workshop, click here.  

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company is Utah County’s premier professional contemporary dance company under the direction of Jessica Heaton. Hailed by loveDANCEmore as “superbly articulate and joyfully evocative,” WCDC invigorates audiences with innovative and meaningful performances. Come celebrate the athleticism and fluidity of contemporary movement.

 

What do we have planned for this season? Save the dates!

  • Summer Soiree: Season kick-off event with dinner and performances at Conrad Ranch in Provo Canyon, August 31, 2021
  • Community Technique Classes (Intermediate-Advanced Level) every Thursday evening and Friday morning
  • Fall Show: Oct 28-29, 2021 at the Covey Center for the Arts
  • Wasatch Workshops for adult dancers (intermediate to advanced levels): February 19, 2022
  • RISE Youth Workshop for youth in Vernal area: March 2022
  • Spring Show: April 15-16, 2022 at the Valentine Theater
  • Movers and Makers: professional dance intensive for choreographers and dancers, June 1-4, 2022 with showcase on June 4