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The Sugar Show

Friday Nov. 19-Saturday Nov. 20 @ Sugar Space


There are two big reasons SB Dance decided to throw its independent weight behind the annual Sugar Show, co-produced by Sugar Space. According to Stephen Brown, productions such as The Sugar Show present a clear motive for artists (Sadie Carhartt and Larissa Trout are pictured) to create and experiment with new ideas without having to worry about the business end of producing a show. The small space and feedback portion of the program also create a unique opportunity for an audience to experience work of a certain type.

But, first and foremost, “The Sugar Show is about opportunity,” explains Brown. “Like most places, getting your work onstage (or hung or heard or seen) often depends on whom you know. That’s why most choreographers are former dancers—their employer might produce or at least be a supportive launching pad for their work. For The Sugar Show, you simply apply.”

Applicants including SLC Ballet, Arwen Rogers and Chantal Downing, Monica Campbell and The New Works Theatre Machine will present works aimed at capturing $1,000 and a full weekend of performances during Sugar Space’s next season. Liberty Valentine, one of this year’s choreographers, echoes Brown in her reasons for participating. “The Sugar Show is important because it gives all kinds of performing artists incentive to propel further in their work. It allows for discussion, feedback and direct access to an audience. It also gives the community a chance to view live and original work.”

The Sugar Show: Preliminaries @ Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave. (2190 South), 888-300-7898, Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m., $10-$12 day of show only; Finals @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, 801-355-2787, Dec. 4, 8 p.m., $12.,