Salt Dance Fest 2016 welcomes internationally renowned dance artists Jeanine Durning, Alex Ketley and Jennifer Nugent for two weeks of moving and dance making
The annual Salt Dance Fest brings together dance artists and dance makers Jeanine Durning, Alex Ketley and Jennifer Nugent, along with esteemed local dance artists Daniel Charon, Molly Heller and Stephen Koester for two weeks of moving, collaborating, dance making and the lively exchange of ideas, June 6-17, 2016 at the gorgeous Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah campus.
“Salt Dance Fest is unique among dance festivals in its commitment to the mature exploration of the creative process,” said Stephen Koester, festival founder and 2016 guest artist. “With participants from around the country and the world, the workshop is designed to be a laboratory that nurtures and supports experimentation, exploration, curiosity, collaboration and the development of innovative choreography,” he added.
Participants work intimately with esteemed artists on developing and exploring ideas in dance and choreography. Now in its sixth year, Salt Dance Fest 2016 offers classes in contemporary technique, composition, repertory, performance, improvisation, somatics, writing and partnering classes as well as performances and other events. This year promises to be another remarkable experience building upon the success of past years.
"Salt Dance Fest is a home for experienced artists to explore their edge side-by-side with committed students intent on claiming their expressive voice. There is a wonderful alchemical exchange,” described 2015 guest artist, Paul Matteson. “Based on its list of stellar teaching artists and word-of-mouth buzz, I knew that SDF had this reputation for out-of-bounds moving and making. Still, I was unprepared for the aliveness of the students and the rich fullness of the festival offerings during my two weeks of teaching last summer. I was simultaneously intimidated and rejuvenated by the immersive environment. I left with an even firmer resolve to dig deeper as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher into movement possibility stripped of pretense."
The festival is housed at the University of Utah, a hub of dance pedagogy, performance and choreographic creation for the American West. For more details, application information, and artist bios, visit saltdancefest.com.