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Orchesis Dance Theatre

Orchesis Dance Theatre has been a tradition in Ogden since it premiered at Weber State University in 1963. This biannual concert provides performance and production opportunities for qualified students and community members who demonstrate technical abilities in dance.

Orchesis activities include on-campus and dance festival concerts. Its repertoire consists of traditional and experimental modern dances, contemporary ballets and theatrical and performance works. The show is choreographed and directed by dance faculty and students, who are often joined by guest artists.

Orchesis Auditions

Spring 2023 Orchesis Dance Theatre Audition:
Jan. 13, 2:30-4 p.m.
Browning Center, Room 38
Check-in at 2:30 p.m. 

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Orchesis Dance Theatre Presents Primavera

Created on the idea of new beginnings, in the light of hope, growth, progress and the breeze of hope, Primavera (springtime) brings a colorful array of artists' narratives to connect with all audiences in an effort to build community and trust for the future.

Director: Juan Carlos Claudio

Technical Direction: Christopher Phillion

Works by: Jo Blake (Program Director), Juan Carlos Claudio (Faculty), Karlies Kelley (Guest Choreographer), Stacee Perry, Kaya Priest and Patricia Tomaz (Synthesis in Dance students)

Event Details

Location: Allred Theatre, Browning Center

Dates: March 30, 31, and April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15 for adults; $12 for children under 18, military members and senior citizens; $5 for WSU students; $10 group rate for groups of 10+ patrons

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Family, Sensory and ASL Friendly Performance

April 1 at 2 p.m. Location and ticket prices are the same as the above listing.

A sensory-friendly performance is a truncated version of an evening 90-minute concert that welcomes individuals with various needs, including, but not limited to, young children and their families. These include people on the autism spectrum, people with ADHD, people with tics and Tourette's syndromes, people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as first-time theatergoers and seniors who are sensitive to loud noises. 

The performance is wiggle-friendly and modified from the evening (dimmed lights) to reduce the affective factors and allow audience movement and vocal reactions. The staff and dancers are trained to accommodate audience needs and responses. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the dance performance in their own unique way, in a safe, non-judgmental environment—often, the performance is about 50-60 minutes with no intermission.

Things to expect in a sensory-friendly performance:

  • An ASL interpreter.
  • A relaxed and inclusive atmosphere where the audience can feel comfortable during the performance.
  • Permission to enter or exit the theater during the performance, with the assistance of ushers.
  • The house lights are partially on during the performance rather than being turned completely off.
  • The intensity of the theatrical lighting and sound effects will be reduced to help those with sensitive audition-less loud.
  • Tablets and smartphones will be permitted to help non-verbal audience members communicate.
  • Comfort kits and earmuffs are available upon request. These are boxes with items for children to play with, as well as fidgety toys.

Note: While attending this performance, the audience often avoids wearing perfume and products such as strongly scented perfume, deodorants and lotions in respect of those sensitive to smells.

For tickets, please visit the link above.