Arts Fest Airborne: Presenting Vertical Dance Company BANDALOOP at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival

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SALT LAKE CITY: Vertical dance company BANDALOOP will perform twice daily at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival, June 21-24 at Library Square. The dancers will rappel off the side of the six-story glass wall of the City Library in downtown Salt Lake City with climbing ropes in a performance that is destined to be among the most memorable sights at this year’s Festival.

BANDALOOP, which last performed at the Festival in 2013, will unveil two new choreographed works this year, using the glass façade of the Library as its stage. The company is known especially for demonstrating the significant value of public art and theater.

BANDALOOP Performances  

Twice daily at the Utah Arts Festival June 21-24, 5:30 and 7PM
The Library Glass Wall above the Reflecting Pool

BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing—all by utilizing the unique six-story curving glass façade of the Library as their stage.

About BANDALOOP

The dancers of the Oakland, California-based BANDALOOP perform complex, dynamic choreography while suspended from climbing ropes. A pioneering ensemble in vertical performance, BANDALOOP works to honor nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance.

Founded in the early 1990s by Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP, based in Oakland, California, is well known for its performances as aerial dance artists. Shift, a short film project directed by Rudolph and Rachael Lincoln, featured the company performing in one of the Sierra Nevada's most rugged, remote locations in Yosemite high country, including Mt. Watkins, at an elevation of 8,500 feet.

One of BANDALOOP’s most recent works, Strings, highlighted the company’s unique flair for dance theater. Created with support from Meany Center for the Performing Arts Creative Fellowships Initiative, Strings featured a musical commission score created by Gabriel Prokofiev, the British composer and DJ who is grandson of Sergei Prokofiev, one of the 20th century’s most famous composers.

Join us at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival

Adult admission to the Utah Arts Festival is $15. Reduced adult admission is available with a $8 lunchtime special on Thursday and Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Seniors 65 and above and military are $8. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

Access to the Arts Fest Amplified concert series is $25 and includes same-day admission to the Utah Arts Festival. Learn more at artsfestamplified.com.

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The 42nd Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, from noon to 11 p.m. on Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.