Artists from Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will be living, working and performing in Wickenburg, as part of an artists’ residency program.

The company will live at Wickenburg’s Flying E Dude and Cattle Ranch for two weeks, creating a new contemporary dance about the American frontier.

“The West as an idea will form the foundation of this project,” said Charlotte Boye-Christensen, artistic director. “It will begin with the associations we have with the Wild West, an area with very few rules and regulations, a place of endless vistas, spaces that are untouched by modern civilization, challenging living conditions, independence and a free-spirituality.”

Boye-Christensen began building the dance for the six dancers in the company Monday at the Benner Nawman warehouse.

“To be able to create this kind of work in a setting where the source of inspiration is literally outside the studio door is quite exhilarating and will catapult the work forward.” Boye-Christensen said.

The residency will conclude Oct. 28 with a full evening of dance at the Webb Center at 7:30 p.m. Their performance will feature the world premiere of this new piece, titled “Polychromatic,” and other dances from their repertoire, providing the audience with a variety of choreographic styles from pure dance to multimedia pieces. Tickets are free, but need to be reserved through the box office.

This residency project curated by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is designed to foster creative, collaborative and performance projects of established and emerging performing artists, allowing them the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work or partner with other artists. The focus is on the artists and their work, making this project distinctive to the artistic community.

This Utah-based contemporary dance company has received direct funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to engage the community of Wickenburg in the experience of dance. Rehearsals are open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Oct. 21 and 25.

Their accommodations and meals at the Flying E are provided by the Wellik Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation. Wickenburg-based manufacturing company Benner Nawman has donated warehouse space for dance rehearsals. The Warehouse Studio is at 3450 Sabin Brown Road, Wickenburg.

For information on the residency program and outreach, go to

To reserve tickets to the free performance of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company on Oct. 28 at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, call the Webb Center Box Office at 928-684-6624. The box office is at 2001 W, Wickenburg Way, Suite 3.

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