Virtual Watch Party for “Hold” Saturday 2/19, 8pm EST

THE PLAN:
1) Purchase your virtual ticket to RDT’s Emerge Concert
2) Log Into Zoom on Saturday 2/19 at 8pm EST
3) Hear Kaley discuss her process and inspirations
4) Watch the streamed concert
5) Log back onto Zoom for a Q&A with Kaley and to share you thoughts
6) Hang out and catch up (it’s also Kaley’s birthday!)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Tickets $20

By purchasing a ticket, you will have access to the performance for up to two views until March 6, 2022. 

If you already had tickets purchased from the cancelled live performances in January, you should have received a separate email with a link to the performance. If not, contact rdt@rdtutah.org

Pruitt’s newest work, Hold, emerged from reflecting on what is personal but also universal to each of us.  The pandemic has brought on a shared global experience that is unprecedented.  The work looks at how this upheaval has allowed us to de-center our own narratives and realize our impact on the larger communities around us.  Set to Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Hold leaves space for doubt and hope simultaneously.  The piece asks what it means to not defeat something, but instead transform ourselves for the better because it remains.  Hold orients us inside this present moment with attuned awareness of our humanity and greater connections. 

ACCLAIM FOR “HOLD” IN THE UTAH REVIEW

“The rhythmic foundations shift as the music builds an arch and Pruitt replicates this with impressive effect in the dancers. The dance artists open up the movement space, replicating clearly the crossovers suggested in the music. Pruitt succeeds at heightening the already profound emotional foundation of the music, most notably at the melodic peak of the music where the bass line has been stripped out and the movement takes on a near-ethereal floating sensation. The company responded fully to the poignant demands of this outstanding interpretation.” – Les Roka of The Utah Review 

Photo by Sharon Kain

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

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