The ideas for LUNA really came out of a staging challenge. We were interested in challenging some of the conventions of how dances often transition, with dancers going in and out of wings at the beginning and end of each section. That process created focus on a limited area of the stage that the dancers could work in and around. This eventually became a circle, and began a number of associations. We also had been working with various movement ideas around the opposing concepts of lost and found and give and take. The material from exploring these polarities was developed into a series of physical relationships which recombine and accumulate and offer us different facets in a cycle of experience. That cycle is like the moon as mysterious as it is familiar; the ways we get caught trying to hold onto things, and ultimately must come to terms with letting go in order to find something new.
“We find ourselves in a time of transition and unpredictable change,” says GWDT Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. Shimotakahara’s world-premiere work, titled “Against Night,” for GroundWorks’ 2017 Spring Series explores change, transitions and connectivity and
We are proud to reprise Salt Lake City-based choreographer Eric Handman’s highly-anticipated work “Remora” during our 2017 Spring Dance Series. Handman’s “Remora,” a critically-acclaimed “substantial and intensely physical work” first created with GroundWorks in 2015,
For GroundWorks, 2016 was a year filled with extraordinary creative opportunities including three live music collaborations within the production and presentation of an amazing range of groundbreaking work. From the creation of “Shadowbox” as part
While researching music for his new work for GWDT’s Fall Dance Series, Artistic Director David Shimotakahara came across Conlon Nancarrow’s work by accident. Immediately taken by the American composer’s idiosyncratic qualities and unique sound, Shimotakahara