Industrial Manufacturing Company is supporting Repertory Dance Theatre's new commission: "Dancing the Bears Ears."
IMC has generously provided a matching donation here as we end our crowdfunding campaign. For every dollar you donate up to $500 will be matched by IMC. So don't delay! We have just three days left to meet our goal! Donate today and double your impact.
Thanks to International Manufacturing Company and all of our matching donors!
Improvising in Bears Ears June 14, 2017
Want to see what it was like when Zvi initiated improv sessions? Check out the video from Marty Buhler below. Many of the movement themes the Zvi put into the new work grew out of these sessions.
There is still time to donate -- we are just over a week away from our deadline!
Behind-the-scenes: Ida's Song June 07, 2017
Ida Yellowman is a registered nurse for a contract outreach nursing service. Ida drives more than 300 miles per day serving uranium cancer victims on the Navajo reservation.
She and her uncle, Jonah Yellowman, served as our tour guides throughout our time in Bears Ears National Monument. They told us the history of the area, of their people, and how the land is sacred to them.
Here is a video by our videographer, Marty Buhler, showing Ida singing a song to the dancers of RDT & ZviDance at the Procession Panel. She told us it was a simple song, about a walk that one might take. It can be used to describe a journey or a spiritual walk. She just felt like sharing something simple yet beautiful with us.
An interview with Efren June 02, 2017
Multiple times throughout our week in Bears Ears National Monument, the dancers would spend time improvising. After hearing from the Dine guides at various sites, Zvi Gotheiner would then encourage improvisation between RDT dancers, ZviDance dancers, and even the guides.
Some of these experiences were then brought into the studio when we returned and integrated into the piece in some shape or form.
Here is Efren Corado Garcia speaking about an emotional experience he had with Linda (Executive/Artistic Director of RDT) during one of these improvisations.
And check out the RDT Blog to read Linda's day-by-day account of the trip.
Red Rock Stories - Giveaway! May 31, 2017
Torrey House Press has offered to donate a copy of their newest publication, Red Rock Stories to the next 5 donors of $100 or more to #DanceWithBearsEars.
Matching Donation - Double your money May 25, 2017
Thanks to some very generous donors, we made our first match from Lili & Ira Field! Now, with 29 days left, we have $3000 left to raise to meet our goal.
But don't worry, some other donors have stepped up. JulieAnna Facelli & Jonathan Vaas have agreed to match our next $1000 raised, if we can do it by June 9. That would put us within $1000 of our goal with 2 weeks to go. Thank you JulieAnna & Jonathan!!
So now is the time to donate. Your $25 becomes $50 and your $100 becomes $200!
Behind-the-scenes at Bears Ears May 24, 2017
Here's your first look at some snippets from our amazing trip to Bears Ears, May 8-12, 2017.
Our company traveled to the newly proclaimed national monument with Zvi Gotheiner and members of his company, ZviDance. We had three tour guides from the Utah Dine Bikeyah that took us to sacred & historical sites, and gave us a first-hand history of the land. Marty Buhler filmed the entire experience. These are some short clips one of our days in Southeastern Utah.
It was a transformative experience and we're still all trying to wrap our heads around what we saw, heard, and felt. Stay tuned for more videos and blog posts, as well as the actual dance that we created when we returned.
Matching Donation May 18, 2017
The dancers are hard at work in the studio with Zvi this week after they returned from Bears Ears National Monument last week. As dancer Tyler Orcutt said while they were exploring, " It's hard to imagine being able to create? anything like what we're seeing. The only thing that could create something so majestic, beautiful and beyond us as humans, is time."
Thanks to some very generous donors (Lili & Ira Field), we currently have a matching donation for DANCING THE BEARS EARS.
If we can raise $1000 by next Friday (May 26), Lili & Ira will match each donation dollar for dollar. That means that if you donate right now, your donation will be worth twice as much!
Help us reach this goal by May 26 by donating now.
May 11, 2017 // 4:00-8:00 pm
Bluff Community Center // 3rd E. Mulberry, Bluff Rd, Bluff, UT
free & open to the public
This program has received funding from Utah Humanities (UH). UH improves communities through active engagement in the humanities.
Join us for this public event featuring history, Native traditions, and envisioning a future through art & story for this living cultural landscape.
- Davis Filfred, Navajo Nation
- Malcolm Lehi, Ute Mountain Ute
- Sunny Dooley, Navajo Storyteller
- Alisha Anderson, Artist
- Repertory Dance Theatre
- Native American Dancers