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The Rose Exposed, a two-day festival featuring some of Salt Lake City's most prominent dance, music and theater companies, returns Aug. 30-31.
More than 1,000 people visited Salt Lake City's Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for the inaugural celebration last year.
"Last year's festival was such an astounding success that we've decided to make it an annual celebration every Labor Day," said Stephen Brown, director of SB Dance, one of the six groups that call the Rose Wagner home and have joined forces for the event. The other participants are Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Plan-B Theatre Company, Pygmalion Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
New this year will be The Rose Exposed Block Party, an outdoor festival that runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and will include food trucks, live bands and more. The party is in anticipation of the The Rose Exposed variety show, "a menagerie of world-class performances," said Jena Woodbury, managing director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
Attendees can see a performance from each of the six companies. Here's what you'll see:
• Twelve-year-old American pianist Allison To, winner of the 2012 Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, will play Liszt's "Faust" Waltz.
• Plan-B Theatre Company presents "Get Up Again," a comic monologue about bullies and what happens when a weakling stands up. Featuring Matthew Ivan Bennett (also the playwright) and Stephanie Howell, directed by Kirt Bateman.
• Pygmalion Theatre Company will perform "When Pygs Fly," two great tunes sung by folks who would never be cast to sing them in shows; and "Motherhood Out Loud," a comedic monologue.
• Repertory Dance Theatre performs "For Betty," choreographed in 1970 by former RDT dancer/choreographer Bill Evans with music by Antonio Vivaldi.
• Six dancers from Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will offer a glimpse into a new contemporary dance work choreographed by new artistic director Daniel Charon.
• SB Dance performs an excerpt from "Of Meat and Marrow," a rock opera dance circus coming this Halloween and featuring live music by Totem and Taboo.
The fun continues Saturday with a variety of classes and performances. Everything is free, but requires tickets. Here's the schedule:
9 a.m. • Adult movement class, open to all ages, but specifically for those 40 and older. Taught by RDT dancer Aaron Wood.
9 a.m. • Sporty yoga with SB Dance. Requires moderate level of fitness.
10 a.m. • Learn about "Life as a Pianist" from Allison To, winner of the 2012 Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition.
10:30 a.m. • Parent-child dance workshop by Ririe-Woodbury.
10:30 a.m. • African dancing and live drumming with Repertory Dance Theatre. Open to those 16 and older.
10:30 a.m. • Learn Halloween makeup and costume tricks from experts at Pygmalion Theatre.
Noon • "Peter and the Wolf" by Plan-B Theatre Company and Gina Bachauer.
1 p.m. • Staged reading of Plan-B Theatre's "Miasma," by Utah playwright Eric Samuelsen.
1 p.m. • Watch an open rehearsal of RDT.
3 p.m. • "Cultural Confidential": Playwrights Eric Samuelsen, Matthew Ivan Bennett and Debora Threedy discuss videos of art that influenced them and continues to delight them.
The Rose Exposed
The six performing-arts companies that call the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center home will offer a celebration of dance, theater and music.
When • Friday, Aug. 30, includes block party with food trucks, libations, live music and prizes for tickets and restaurant gift certificates, 6-10 p.m., with the variety show at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 31, free classes and performances, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where • The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • Variety show is $15 at roseXposed.org; ArtTix or 801-355-ARTS (2787).