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Ogden Art Scene: April 7-14

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Apr 7, 2022
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WSU presents Orchesis Dance Theater's spring production, "When Movement Merges," this weekend.
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Jordan Danielle (he/they; loveDANCEmore artist in residence) appears as Aaron and Annie Soleil Potter (she/her; "La Llorona," "Into The Woods") plays Luna in "Man and Moon."
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"Moonrise," by G. Russell Case, whose decadeslong work will be showcased in a new exhibit at Brigham City Museum of Art & History, opening next Thursday, April 14, 2022.

When Movement Merges: Orchesis Dance Theatre Spring ’22

Weber State’s Orchesis Dance presents a spring show, “When Movement Merges” premiering new contemporary dance created, choreographed, and performed by WSU Dance area students. “Intimate and innovative, this year’s concert explores themes of connection and community,” stated the WSU Dance website. “Connecting community voices” through movement, the performance features WSU dance alum Jonathan Guerra and commissioned works by nationally-recognized choreographers Natosha Washington (in collaboration with Orchesis Director Jo Blake) and Zim Zim for Moving Company. The Ogden MoveMeant Collective, founded by WSU dance alum Tawna Halbert, will also present work created for the Orchesis 2022 theme.

April 7-9, 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, The Eccles Theatre in WSU’s Val A Browning Center, 3950 W Campus Dr., $15/$12 students and children, weber.edu/artscalendar/

“Man and Moon,” a play by Siena Marilyn Ledger

It is the last weekend to see the rolling world premiere of “Man and Moon” by California playwright Siena Marilyn Ledger that made its first stop at Good Company Theatre in Ogden for a 10-show run. It is “a quiet, beautiful play about the events and changes that connect us,” says Good Company Theatre founder Alicia Washington. Aaron, a transitioning man, meets a 12-year-old outer space aficionado named Luna in the waiting room of a hospital’s oncology unit and together they learn about their own changing bodies and lives. Through the two seemingly different characters, “Man and Moon” explores themes that characterize much of Ledger’s work: the human experience through queer stories.

Through April 10, various days and times, Good Company Theatre, 2404 Wall Ave., $25, goodcotheatre.com

Utah: North to South Symposium and Opening Reception

G. Russell Case is a landscape artist of over thirty years whose work focuses heavily in Northern Utah where he resides. The beauty of the Wasatch Mountains and surrounding areas are among his favorite places to paint, often from his own backyard just west of Brigham City. A retrospective of his work, “Utah: North to South” hosted by Brigham City Museum of Art and History opening on Saturday, April 16, explores Case’s decades-long career through an expansive collection of his past and present work. The symposium and preview will feature a guided tour by Case and discussion about landscape painting in Utah with David Ericson, owner of David Ericson Fine Art, and Tim Newton, publisher of Western Art and Architecture Magazine, who says: “These are the glories of Creation that Russell reveals to us. They are narratives of beauty that are a balm to the human spirit, a much needed joy in an often challenging world.” The Museum will also host a panel discussion with Case and other special guest speakers on May 18 at 6:00 p.m. on the history of the Mountain West and the role the Utah landscape plays in those stories. “It was an honor, both at the institutional and the personal level, to work with Russell and our many brilliant collaborators to bring this project to life,” said Alana Blumenthal, Brigham City museums director. “I know that the brilliant expression and contagious enthusiasm of G. Russell Case will inspire our visitors.” The exhibit will run until June 18 and is free and open to the public during hours of operation.

Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m., Brigham City Museum of Art and History, 24 N 300 W, Brigham City, free, brighamcitymuseum.org

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