The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company - a modern dance troupe based in Salt Lake City, Utah, for more than three decades - will bring its whimsical and upbeat repertoire to Sandpoint Saturday.
The six-dancer troupe last appeared in this region eight years ago. The program Saturday will showcase a new dance premiered last month in Salt Lake City, “Night Story,” choreographed by Della Davidson, a San Francisco choreographer. The 25-minute dance is based on a coming-of-age story written by Isabel Allende.
“It’s a very theatrical piece telling the story of a girl about 11 who gets a crush on a boarder at her mother’s boarding house,” said Shirley Ririe, co-artistic director of the company, during a phone interview this week. “Isabelle writes in magic realism, fantasy woven into reality. The dancer who portrays the girl is painted in shocking pink body paint to get that sense of magic realism.”
Narration in both English and Spanish will accompany the dance, “Della feels the rhythm of Spanish is more appropriate for this dance because the story was originally written in Spanish. But there will be English narration for those of us who don’t speak Spanish,” Ririe said.
The program will also include “Swirls, Splatters and Hiccups,” choreographed by University of Utah professor Donna White to music for piano by John Scoville. “This is a very light, inventive dance,” Ririe said. White danced with the company for nine years before joining the Utah dance faculty. Other dances to be staged are “Hoopla” and “50 Years.” Joan Woodbury, the other dance company artistic director, choreographed “Hoopla,” which utilizes hula hoops and is primarily a design dance of visual color and form. “It uses wonderful circular design in the Art Deco-style with wonderful lighting effects,” Ririe said.
“50 Years” was commissioned from New York performance artist Ann Carlson to mark the Utah state centennial celebration.
The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will give a one-hour free performance for children in first through eighth grades Friday at 10 a.m. at the Stidwell School gymnasium in Sandpoint. The performance is free.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: DANCE The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. Tickets are $12.50 ($7 for students), available in Sandpoint at Eve’s Leaves, Panhandle State Bank and the Lyman Gallery, or call (208) 263-6139.