RDT Presents Passage


March 22-24, 2012
Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

March 22-24, 2012 | 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee | 2:00 pm

Tickets available through ArtTix | 801-355-ARTS | www.artTix.org
Tickets $30* ($15* students/seniors)
Community Night (March 22) all tickets $15
*All tickets will increase $5 on the day of the show


Choreographers Satu Hummasti, Eric Handman, Natosha Washington & Nicholas Cendese create a sensuous movement journey - a PASSAGE through haunted memories to the ever-changing present. Explore the threshold of change and the echoes of a poetic and mysterious reality anchored in the human experience.

Pieces include:

Songs I Wanna Sing (to you) by Satu Hummasti
Hummasti explores the poetic underpinnings of five songs from very different genres which address themes of loneliness, nostalgia, desire, and the joy and difficulty of truly being with other people. Through subtle physical phrases, powerful group work, and singing, the dance asks: Isn't there always some degree of loneliness, no matter how close we are to someone? Isn't there always some degree of mystery in others, no matter how well we know them?

What You Leave Behind (world premiere) by Natosha Washington & Nicholas Cendese
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” ~ Pericles
Nicholas & Natosha created a live blog to document their process in creating this unique piece for RDT. Click here to visit the blog and see their day by day process and videos of rehearsal.

Ghost Ship by Eric Handman
Utilizing an original sound score with fragments of text, familiar and unfamiliar sounds, the work explores experiences of revisiting places and how we are connected to our sense of place. Haunted by an ever-present past and caught in the limbo of memory, the marooned dancers in Ghost Ship perform with a volcanic and sinuous energy under a torrent of 120 pounds of falling rice. Flying through the dense traffic of lashing limbs and skating over the rice-covered stage, the dancers leave traces of their presence: the hieroglyphics of a vanished tribe.

Karyo by (and in memory of) Susan McLain


Ghost Ship from RDT on Vimeo.



Satu Hummasti's Songs I Wanna Sing (to you)

Eric Handman's Ghost Ship





Natosha Washington and Nicholas Cendese are proud to call Salt Lake City home.  While Nicholas has always been here, Natosha is a born and raised Georgia peach.  They met eleven years ago and now consider themselves husband and wife – well, at least metaphorically.  They both attended the University of Utah where they received their BFA degrees in Modern Dance and are now passionately and ‘up-to-their-necks’ involved with dance in Utah.  Natosha teaches dance at Judge Memorial Catholic High School and regularly teaches and choreographs in schools around the state.  Nicholas has been dancing with Repertory Dance Theatre for 10 years and is thrilled to teach for Miss Margene’s Creative Classroom and Tami Knubel’s South Valley Creative Dance.  In 2004, Natosha and Nicholas started RawMoves, which won a SLAMMY in 2005 for best new dance company and has performed all over the state and even in exotic Idaho.  Nicholas and Natosha are thrilled and honored to be sharing their ‘raw moves’ with RDT and would like to thank the dancers for their passion and daring, Linda for her unending support, and Linda, Lynne Larson, and Lynne Wimmer for their feedback and suggestions.

Eric Handman hails from New York City, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah’s Department of Modern Dance. Prior to receiving his MFA from the University in 2003, he earned a bachelors degree in English from Skidmore College in 1991. He spent much of the nineties as a professional dancer in New York City as a member of such companies as Doug Varone and Dancers, Joy Kellman & Company and Nicholas Leichter Dance. He has also danced for choreographers David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Stephen Koester, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Pooh Kaye, Wendy Perron, Simone Forti, Debra Fernandez, Tim Harling & Lisa Giobbi, Eun Me Ahn, and Koosil-ja Hwang. He teaches domestically and internationally and specializes in technique, improvisation, contact improvisation, composition, qualitative research methods, criticism and theory. He is on the board of directors for the Congress on Research in Dance.

Satu Hummasti, originally from Helsinki, Finland, is a dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher who has performed and taught throughout the United States, South America and Europe. She has performed in New York City with Fred Darsow Dance, Barbara Grubel Projects and Sari Nordman, and has worked as a freelance dancer with Stephen Koester, Mary Fitzgerald, and A. Ludwig Dance Theater.  Her work has been presented in NYC at Dance New Amsterdam, Chashama, The Construction Company, Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon, and at The John Ryan Theater at White Wave, as a part of the d.u.m.b.o. and Cool New York Dance Festivals. Her choreography has also been performed in Medellin, Colombia; Edinburgh, Scotland (as a part of the 2007 Fringe Festival);  San Jose, Costa Rica; Bordeaux, France; Helsinki, Finland; and in Boston, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah.

Susan McLain was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1953 and raised in New York City. She was a graduate of the High School of the Performing Arts in New York City. A former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Pearl Lang Dance Company, she has also performed with Ballet West, Richard Move, Douglas Nielsen, Larry Richardson and danced extensively throughout the world and can be seen in the "Dance in America" series for public television. She worked as a solo artist while continuing her work for the Martha Graham Company as its Senior Artistic Associate where she mounted Graham works for university department of dances and has gave pre-curtain lectures for the Graham company’s performances.
Professor McLain received a B.A. in Dance Education and a M.F.A. from the Modern department of dance at the University of Utah where she also served as a faculty member for eight years. She taught a variety of courses for the Cal State University at Long Beach Dance Department where she has been a Professor for the last 18 years. During this last year she served as the Interim Chair. Susan was also an active member of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA).  Ms. McLain has taught at the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham School, and various other professional studios and universities. Her choreography has been seen in the repertoire of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theater and other professional companies in the United States.
Professor McLain’s published articles on Pilates-based research have been presented at several Dance and Sports Medicine Conferences. A biographical film, “Susan, A Dancer’s Life” directed by David Viera, has been presented at the New York City Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library Film Series and at the American Dance Festival Film Series in Durham, North Carolina.








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