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Odyssey Dance celebrates 25 years

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Odyssey Dance Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary Spring Repertory with a trio of performances, highlighting some of the great works created by Odyssey over the years. The popular Shut Up & Dance series is where the dancers stretch their artistic muscle and create new, exciting works.

This year’s Shut Up & Dance brings back some of Odyssey’s most popular and significant works, and will certainly be a dance lover’s buffet, with something for everyone.

PROGRAM ONE: 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 ODT’s Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager, tells the story of Chicago in the 1920s, when the specter of Prohibition gave rise to speakeasys, jazz, and gangsters. The 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 1920s Chicago.

PROGRAM TWO: Romeo+Juliet – February 28, March 2, 6, 8 – 7:30 pm

Based on the Shakespearean tale about star-crossed lovers, but with an unique Odyssey tradition: a hip-hop/Latin/contemporary dance version.  Choreographed by former ODT Principal Eldon Johnson, along with sections by Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello from So You Think You Can Dance, Yeager and others, this is a powerful tour de force. And with a twist, the audience chooses how the story ends — whether they live or die.

PROGRAM THREE: 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 ODT, which includes 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 so much great stuff to choose from,” says Yeager. “Ultimately, I decided to present pieces that were pivotal artistic achievements for the Company — and a chance for me to walk down memory lane.”

To buy tickets, go to www.odysseydance.comtickets.utah.edu or call the Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, 801-581-7100.

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