The Daily Utah Chronicle

Excellence in the Community Brings Social Dancing Back to Utah

New Deal Swing. (Photo by Lex Anderson, Courtesy of Jeff Whiteley)

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

August 1, 2019

  Throughout history, social dancing has been an integral part of many communities. During times of struggle and hardship, people would join together with good music and dance it out. We now live in a generation where dancing isn’t as much of a cultural norm. Our world has had the wonderful...

Queer Spectra Arts Festival Opens Door to Vital Conversation

Queer Spectra Arts Festival Opens Door to Vital Conversation

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

June 11, 2019

  A panel of artists lines up, standing and sitting, against a white backdrop. The unusual suspects. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” Rhonda Kinard, a member of the Americana folk band Dillbilly, said in answer to one question from her audience. “My intersectional identities matter...

Summer Arts Events Calendar

Summer Arts Events Calendar

By Sofia Sant'Anna-Skites

May 12, 2019

  Now that summer is here, we have much more free time to enjoy events all around Utah. Music, art, theater and more — summer is the perfect time to celebrate art. This calendar highlights some of the many arts events happening around the valley. Grease May 10-25 | Pioneer Theatre Comp...

Classical Indian Dance in Salt Lake City

Classical Indian Dance in Salt Lake City

By Madge Slack

April 25, 2019

  The tradition of Indian dance goes back as far as the people's rich cultural history. It is deeply interwoven with Hinduism and is beautiful for its precision and comprehensive storytelling. Every minute detail from the angle of the eyes in relation to the tension in the fingers has a meaning. T...

A Scholar and an Artist: The Difficulty of Studying Fine Arts in the Honors College

(Courtesy of Nora Lang)

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

April 22, 2019

  “About 30% of honors students complete the Honors Bachelor Degree, the highest degree an undergraduate can earn at the University of Utah,” said Dean of the Honors College, Sylvia Torti. “This year, 175 students are scheduled to complete the degree and they will represent about 45 di...

Putting Their Best Foot Forward: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

(Courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet)

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

April 22, 2019

  Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company “blends methods, styles and cultures from across the globe, and the result is a continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world —  and all its cultures — as an interrelated whole” according to Gibney Dance. UtahPresents, ...

‘Silent Dancer’ Portrays Complete Collaboration

courtesy Joshua Black.

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

April 14, 2019

  Through an interwoven evening of dancing, movement and pure theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company waltzed through the world premiere of “Silent Dancer,” a new work by Kathleen Cahill. It is the story of 18-year-old Rosie Quinn, played by University of Utah Musical Theatre Program graduate Mikki ...

You’re Not Too Unsophisticated for Ballet West’s Production of “Onegin”

Principal Artists Beckanne Sisk and Chase O'Connell. (Photo by Beau Pears | Courtesy of Ballet West)

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

April 8, 2019

  For those of you who have challenged your friend to a duel, married a prince or at the very least experienced unrequited love, “Onegin” is the show for you. Ballet West presents this celebrated ballet at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake. The theater, designed to encapsulate the...

The Modern Dance Student Concert is Visually Captivating and Powerful

Dancers rehearse

By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

April 2, 2019

  There is something incredibly important about student-led work. It’s a culmination of all the training in an arts degree — proving an ability to not only do the work that someone hands to you, but to develop and shape your own creations. With the help of fine arts funding grants and th...

Chang Liu’s Journey Through the Dance World

Chang Liu performs in his own piece

By Sofia Sant'Anna-Skites

March 31, 2019

  Chang Liu is a third-year modern dance MFA candidate in the School of Dance at the University of Utah. His most recent accomplishment is the creation of a piece called “Ma (間)." Liu presented "Ma (間)" at the gala concert of the American College Dance Association Northwest Regional Conferenc...

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