"The Wedding," a 60-minute dance-theater piece directed by choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen and produced by her debut company NOW ID, seemed not to be about the ritual of marriage as advertised but rather about change and contrast. One performer stalks the stage in long deliberate strides, turning back in search of something. Another dancer slowly extends her leg high above her head in a technical display, while her partner unaffectedly spirals his body to the floor.
In a style that looks and feels like the New York downtown dance scene, "The Wedding" is an evening-length work in a nontraditional setting, with D.J.-mixed music and a single theme. The mood shifts between deadly serious and playful as when the groomsmen from Boye-Christensen's actual wedding the previous day awkwardly swarm the stage. The nondancers enter after a beautiful, weighted duet between dancers Katherine Lawrence Orlowski and Jo Blake. The groomsmen portray the genuine discomfort real-life participants often display when shifting their stance at the altar.
Real weddings are choreographed and rehearsed for a specific group of invited guests. Similarly, "The Wedding's" magical staging was perhaps its most intriguing part. Entering the historic Masonic Temple on a sweltering evening in Salt Lake City surrounded by patrons with infants in arms and friends greeting one another in unfamiliar languages suggested a different voyage awaited.