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'Contours' Celebrates Beauty of Great Salt Lake

'Contours' Celebrates Beauty of Great Salt Lake

Posted - Nov. 12, 2004 at 4:43 p.m.



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Shelley Osterloh ReportingAn unusual group of artists has come together to create a multi-media experience inspired by the Great Salt Lake. "Contours" celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of the lake through music, dance, photography and stories.

It's been said that the Great Salt Lake is not a pretty place, but a beautiful place. Amy McDonald Sanyer brought together artists from different mediums to express its nourishing beauty in art.

Amy McDonald Sanyer, Brolly Arts: "Contours is inspired by the birds and the habitat of the Great Salt Lake, and we invited artists to come together to express their experience and their impressions of the lake or the birds and the habitat."

The lobby of the Jeanea Wagner Theatre is filled with bird shaped kites by Australian kite maker Robert Brasington, and birds and bird houses from the youth arts program, Bad Dog Rediscovers.

The performance includes the internationally acclaimed Ahn Trio, three Korean born sisters who collaborated with British composer Michael Nyman on music written just for "Contours." The backdrop is photos from Steven Trimble, along with dance and stories.

The artists say it has been a rich and rewarding collaboration.

Angella Ahn, Violinist Ahn Trio: "So many different inspirations, you know just the awareness of the Great Salt Lake of course, but how we as people and humans relate to the rest of the earth and just how much beauty there is everywhere."

Stephen Trimble, Photographer and Writer:: “And we really take you on a journey, just to the Great Salt Lake, but on a journey into the artistic response to the lake that forms the core of the contours performance.”

"Contours" promises to challenge the way the audience sees the Great Salt Lake, andincrease awareness and appreciation of it's beauty through art.

"Contours" premiers tonight at 8:00 at the Jeanne Wagner Theater. There's another performance tomorrow night and Sunday at 4:00.

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