Erik Stern Shares "Muscle Memories"

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 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee March 23 at 2:00 p.m., at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City). Tickets are $14/ $12 for students and seniors through ArtTix at 801-355-2787 or online at

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 University of Utah faculty member Meghan Cooley. The cast also includes Jennifer Beaumont, Jared Elliot Cardon, Aaron Chavez, Sara Christensen, Scott Halford, Marin Leggat, Eileen Wingfield and Jill Yeiter.

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.

A member of the Weber State University faculty since 1993, Stern is best known for creating with Karl Schaffer the California-based Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble. The ensemble has received National Endowment for the

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 Weber State University and is sponsored through Repertory Dance Theatre's LINK series, which encourages the development of choreography and provides opportunities for emerging and established artists to present their works. The project is funded in part by Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Arts and Parks Program, the Utah Arts Council and the Salt Lake City Arts Council.


Erik Stern, performing arts professor
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