Shaping Sound is Shaping Contemporary Dance

By Jaycen Eggleston

Shaping Sound will be performing “After the Curtain” on Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the Delta Performance Hall at Eccles Theater.

Nick Lazzarini, co-creator of the company, said “We’re all really excited to be back in Utah. Utah is a really good place for dance and a lot of good dancers come out of here.”

Shaping Sound came together in 2011 when Travis Wall was hired to do an art piece on Dancing with the Stars. He and his friends, Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, created a company themselves and made a name for their company through “All the Right Moves,” a reality show focused on the work they put into their company. Shaping Sound is now touring the United States performing their most recent show.

“After the Curtain” is a beautiful story about a man searching for his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Lazzarini describes the story as “a silent movie told through dance.” The story is told through a variety of music genres and dance styles to provide something for everyone with a fun twist to the perspective. The audience will see not only what goes on onstage, but what happens backstage over the course of the performance.

Lazzarini, his friends, and his company are all looking to revolutionize contemporary dance by combining theatrical aspects and telling new stories through the medium while finding new ways to inspire and encourage the next generation. “After the Curtain” will definitely help Shaping Sound accomplish that goal.

We want people to leave inspired because there are a lot of awful things happening in the world and this is a beautiful story. One of the coolest things we do in the story is that we have three different styles and they blend together,” Lazzarini says, “[People] walk away feeling different about dance than they did before the show.”

Tickets range from $35 to $65 and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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