Nationally recognized, Ogden-based, choreographer Erik Stern will present Muscle Memories as part of Repertory Dance Theatre's LINK series.
Performances will be held March 21 and 22 at , with a Sunday matinee March 23 at , at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South,
Muscle Memories is a collection of Stern's best choreography from the past five years, featuring Stern along with ten superb performers, including RDT's Angela Banchero-Kelleher and
Among the evening's pieces are: "The Moat," a poignant war narrative about the friendship between a young woman and an old neighbor; "Table of Content," a gravity-defying duet for two dancers and a table; and "Pishogue," a fluid trio with props. Also on the bill is Stern's solo, "A Portrait of the Choreographer as a Misguided Gunslinger," praised by Karen Anne Webb of the Salt Lake Tribune as "One of the biggest treats... a gem of a piece integrating elements of good stand-up comedy with modern dance." Premiering in Muscle Memories is "The Swing of It," which includes a charming video (created by Stern and dancer Cardon) set on a playground, and a companion ensemble work set to a pair of French songs.
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Arts funding and will appear this spring at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., during a tour of North America.
Muscle Memories is supported in part by