After winning Repertory Dance Theatre’s choreographic competition Regalia earlier this year, Pruitt traveled to Salt Lake in October to create her newest work entitled, Hold. The work is for the full company of eight dancers and is set to the iconic American score, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber. Hold will premiere in Repertory Dance Theatre’s EMERGE concert January 7th-8th, featuring choreography all set to music from the 1930s and 1940s.
Pruitt’s work Hold Premieres in RDT’s Emerge Concert in Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, January 7th – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 8th – 2:00pm
Saturday, January 8th – 7:30pm
ABOUT THE PROCESS: I began the process for Hold by sharing my personal experiences during the pandemic and motivations in making a work that would reflect this moment of shared experience. I communicated my driving motivation to create a dynamic rehearsal space of healing, learning, and connection to each other and our present history. I welcomed that this latter priority would shift our “product” in a direction that I could not foresee nor take sole ownership of. The gift of working collaboratively with RDT’s amazingly talented and generous dancers in a rehearsal space unmasked, physically connecting after a year and a half of distanced, masked, and often digital interaction was not lost on us. The process that unfolded was cathartic. We explored the thin edge between our most personal experiences and the universal experience of the global pandemic. The creative process provided a space for reflection, embodied conversation, and liberating expression. I believe the finished work reflects a deepened sense of community and empathy, and I’m thrilled to share it with audiences in Salt Lake and those streaming from afar in January. -Kaley