The Contemporary Dance Theatre performance will dance in and out of reality and find hope within it all
Once known as The Dancers’ Company, Contemporary Dance Theatre has been dancing and performing across the globe since 1975. They have traveled to a variety of locations, including the United States, Puerto Rico, South America, East Asia, South Africa, Turkey, Australia and Israel.
The group plays with various communication styles through both choreography and performance. On January 27–29, Contemporary Dance Theatre will present “Within Dreams,” exploring the space that lies between reality and escapism.
Director Keely Song said that audience members can look forward to an exciting dreamscape in the performance. Song said, “‘Within Dreams’ follows the story of ‘Todd,’ who must face his family after losing his job.” She continued, “Navigating the dreamscape of his subconscious, we join him as he tries to settle his anxiety, build a new life, and learn to dream again.”
The original dance script writer Benjamin Raymont was inspired by the numerous challenges individuals faced as a result of the global pandemic. Song’s hope for this concert is to have a positive impact on the audience, encouraging viewers to look forward to what lies ahead.
Song said, “In a time of uncertainty and anxiety, it can be painful to think about a future. … We hope this concert leaves the audience feeling that even if the current moment doesn’t look like what we expected, we can dream and hope for a better future. It’s there, waiting for us.”
The performance includes animations and designs created by students in the BYU Design and Illustration program, as well as ASL actors under the direction of Anne Fife. Additionally, the program will feature many internationally renowned choreographers and local artists.
Song encourages all to witness the “power of dance that makes dreams become a physical reality” and to “dream again.”
For ticket information, visit arts.byu.edu.
Harris Fine Arts Center Pardoe Theatre
January 27–28 at 7:30 p.m.
January 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
All patrons are required to wear a mask while indoors at campus performance venues, regardless of vaccination status.