A Rose is a Rose. . .
but there’s only one Rose Wagner, our home.
Affectionately known as “The Rose,” the brainchild of the
Performing Arts Coalition formed in part by RDT’s own Linda C. Smith, turns 20
this year. Read more about the history of The Rose on RDT’s blog EMERGE,here.
Since then, the Capital City of Utah has never been the
Yes, there are larger venues out there (the new Eccles
Theatre), and some more historic (Kingsbury Hall), but The Rose houses the
beating heart of local professional artists, community groups and small-venue
presenters from out-of-town. Even the world-famous Sundance Film Festival annually
secures The Rose as one of its prime venues.
Two decades ago when RDT was looking for a permanent home,
America’s premier repertory dance company became the catalyst for a string of
happenstance events that culminated in Phase 1 of The Rose: a black box theater
with two adjacent studios, dressing rooms and administrative offices. Four
years later, phase two, a 500-seat proscenium stage and more studios and office
space took its first bow and a total of six resident companies, including RDT,
put down their roots.
More than any other resident at The Rose, RDT has taken full
advantage of this new venture with a
main subscription season of 5-6 shows yearly, a children’s monthly series (Ring Around the Rose) and an 11-classes-per-week dance school for adults: RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway. From the hallowed halls of the Rose Wagner, RDT regularly
dispatches its dancers and personnel to every corner of the state where, this
next year, 50,000 students and teachers will receive arts education services
and arts experiences.
The Rose is a theater, a studio, a party venue and the home
of RDT and its 8 professional dancers, soon to kick it up and out in its 53rd
We love The Rose. And we hope you do too… as a temple of art
where the best, most exciting, most challenging aspects of the human story get brilliantly
transcribed, illuminated and brought to life, along with that very local story
that Salt Lakers, Utahns and westerners can call their own. The Rose is
everyone’s front room, and maybe the communal kitchen too where together we
laugh, cry and wonder at the world.
Celebrate The Rose during it’s 20th Anniversary
by helping RDT with its fiscal year-end fund-drive. To meet our goals and help
keep the lights of modern dance “on” at The Rose, we need your gift. Through
June 30th, the end of RDT’s fiscal year, your gift will be added to
the income column of one of RDT’s most spectacular seasons (2017-18) with an
unprecedented number of mainstage shows (6) and new commissions, including Zvi
Gothenier’s celebrated “Dancing the Bears Ears.”
Earmark your gift for any one of Repertory Dance Theatre’s
programs at The Rose: from new commissions, to historical rep. From a free
school matinee to a scholarship for a young dancer at one of our intensive
Thanks for two wonderful decades of RDT at The Rose which is
decidedly not a rose by any other name.
Make Rose proud. And celebrate her 20th today by
donating to RDT before June 30th.