Odyssey Dance Theatre (ODT) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this Spring. To celebrate this landmark occasion they are performing three different programs which will highlight ODT over the years and exciting new works. There is a large variety of dance styles; ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, ballroom and hip-hop. Such a wide range of styles that shows great diversity, skill and hard work that makes up ODT and shows the uniqueness of this dance company.
Chicago Nights – February 27, March 1, 7, 9 – 7:30 pm
The return of last year’s world-premiere full-length hit, directed and produced by Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager, tells the story of Chicago in the 1920’s, when the specter of Prohibition gave rise to speakeasys, jazz and gangsters. Men and women who brought corruption, racketeering, vice and murder to the headlines of the day. Al Capone meets Roxie Hart. And it all leads up to the most infamous mobster event of all – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Odyssey puts its unique stamp on these amazing stories from 1920’s Chicago.
Romeo+Juliet – February 28, March 2 – 7:30 pm, March 6, 8
One of my favorite full-length pieces of all time! The Deseret News said it was, “…to die for!” Based on the Shakespearean tale about star-crossed lovers, but in the Odyssey tradition: a hip-hop/latin/contemporary dance version. Choreographed by former Odyssey Principal Eldon Johnson, along with sections by Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello from So You Think You Can Dance, Derryl Yeager and others, this is a unique and powerful tour de force. And the audience will get to choose the ending—whether they live or die.
Reflections – 25 Years of Odyssey Dance – March 2 & 9 – 2 pm, March 5 – 7:30 pm
A collection of past pieces from the early years of Odyssey Dance Theatre, which will include amazing works by Mia Michaels, Christian Denice, Eldon Johnson, Janalyn Memmott and Derryl Yeager and will close with the Bee Gee’s favorite – Dance Fever! “The hardest thing for me was choosing what to put in the program – with 25 years under our belt there was soooo much great stuff to choose from! Ultimately, I decided to present pieces that were pivotal artistic achievements for the Company – and a chance for me to walk down memory lane,” said Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager.
After this season at Kingsbury, Odyssey will head out for its 14th consecutive European Tour.
See them all and get a 15 percent discount. (Senior, student, family and military discounts also available.) To buy tickets, go to www.odysseydance.com, tickets.utah.edu or call the Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, 801-581-7100.
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