Nowadays, we’re used to wondering what a [dance] says about race or gender, even if the [dance] makes no explicit mention of race or gender. We will soon be accustomed to wondering what any [dance] says about the environment even if no animals or trees or mountains appear in it.
Utah is located at the heart of public lands debate. With our many state and national parks and monuments, our issue with air quality, our water scarcities, our huge (growing) urban sprawl (and its accompanying social & environmental impacts), and our love for outdoor recreation. Alongside all of these, I see the passion of many local dancemakers to present work outside of the proscenium and build dances on ideas of ‘natural’ body movement. In this time of climate change, ecocide, and environmental racism, in this place, what does it mean to dance about the environment? What does it mean to construct a ‘natural’ body, if anything? From my basement office in Glendale, the environment and dance is a crucial issue to address at this moment. Following the lead of the environmental justice movement, I want to expand the definition of ‘environment’ for this issue to include not just Wild Utah, but also all the places that people live, work, play, dance, and learn here.
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Published biannually, the journal features thematic essays and photos alongside reviews of the past season on the Wasatch Front. The journal has featured thirty local writers who range from professional critics and working artists to students at local universities. Alongside SLC based writers are critics and artists from across the country including: Deborah Jowitt, Karinne Keithley Syers, Gia Kourlas, Judy Hussie Taylor, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Ishmael Houston Jones, Miguel Gutierrez, Sarah Maxfield, Yvonne Rainer for itch and Victoria Looseleaf.
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