History - Education (1986)
Rehearsal September 1985 - Preparation for Residency
History | History Text | History Posters | 1986 | Educational
Out of This Comes... Rehearsal
Choreographer: Elizabeth A. Miklavcic
Rehearsal Dancers: Geneva Ann Moss and Wendy Thompson
Location: Studio 326 - "Old" Dance Building at the University of Utah
Length: 2:34 minutes
Just as a visual artist uses a sketch pad to rough out and investigate ideas, choreographers do the same in rehearsal with their dancers. In this case, Elizabeth had been invited by full-time dance instructor Jeanne Travers to choreograph a work for the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky. Having only ten days to set a fourteen minute work on seventeen High School students, grades 9-12, of varying skill levels, she felt the need to work out some ideas ahead of time.
Company dancers Geneva Ann Moss and Wendy Thompson helped Elizabeth develop the lifts and movement sequences of this second section within the larger dance of Four Movements depicting "a day in the life" of these marionette like beings. Elizabeth also had the idea that she might set a duet version of this dance on the Another Language company members, but that idea never came about do to varying circumstances.
This rehearsal was in Studio 326, which was on the third floor of the Old Dance Building. The Dance Building at the University of Utah in 1985 was like a fascinating maze with many levels and hidden rooms. It was originally the University of Utah's gymnasium. The University then built a Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) Complex on the upper part of campus specifically dedicated for the use and course work of the athletes and physical education students. The old gym then became the Dance Building. In 1990, a new dance building was built on campus just south of the Bookstore and, sadly, the Old Dance Building was torn down. Currently the HPER complex extends to several locations throughout the campus.