Every June since 1996, SB Dance has presented an original new creation. These shows have built the company’s reputation as an adventurous polymath arts-maker. We’ve produced pure dance, pure theater, multi-disciplinary pieces, musicals and operettas, and strange brews of all these forms. You’ll never know what to expect next so please read on to find out what we’re up to this year…buy tickets show program
TWO SHOWS ONLY
June 14 and 15, 2019 at 8pm
Rose Wagner Blackbox Theater • 138 W 300 S in downtown SLC
PRICK POWER NAP PUCKER-UP
SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY / ESSENTIAL PICK
by Colette A Finney
…This year’s production of Sleeping Beauty remains true to the troupe’s unconventional style, which crosses genres and refuses to be categorized. “It occurs to me that it’s so odd and terrific to see how a more mature group of artists approach a fairy tale that’s all about virginity and young love,” Stephen Brown, director of SB Dance, says. “No giggling on a bench in a rose garden, I can tell you that.”
A story retold many times over, SB Dance’s Sleeping Beauty is far from any Disney version, with an unpredictable narrative and a clever assemblage of innovative artists. Conveying the freaky fairytale through an adventurous entanglement of dance, theater and little dialogue, this warped tale also features live music by pop duo MiNX, along with a score including Sinatra and Scarlatti.
In Brown’s creation, the familiar plot is meshed into a narrative that’s offbeat and humorous, but just as enchanting as the original. With similarities few and the twists many, those looking for a princess reeking of purity, pining away for a chaste prince, will be disappointed. Instead, a lecherous love triangle of danger and deceit (best suited for adults) rules the stage.
“It’s humorous, twisted and the characters— especially Aurora— are rich,” Brown adds. “It’s dance theater, which in this case means lots of dance but also a thru-line plot, occasionally moved forward with words.”