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VERVE: Living the Creative Life | Season 4
Some would call Molly Heller’s work as a dancer and choreographer avant-garde. Molly breaks general norms of what performance means and how dance and movement can be experienced as a form of communication. Her choreographic structure, in part, is about building connections and intersections between the performers, collaborators, and audiences.
At the age of 19, he was accepted into Parsons Paris The New School For Design, where he mentored in draping under Cecile Pelous, a retired Mater Draper for notable couture houses like Christian Dior and Nina Ricci. His talent, acute attention to detail, and obsessive work ethic earned him an acceptance into the prestigious École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He was one of three American’s accepted that year.
When Latoya was 14 years old she surprised her Jr. High School theatre teacher when she asked to be in her acting class because Latoya was such a quiet and shy girl. But as soon as she stepped on the stage for the first time, something shifted inside her. “It was the first time I had heard my voice.” Latoya said, and she has been pursuing the stage and acting sense then.
Most of Gretchen’s contemporary work involves cross-disciplinary collaboration in which she works closely with artists, dancers, directors and musicians in visualizing and creating a work. “Any kind of collaboration, but especially cross-disciplinary collaboration, your really acquiescing to another set of sensibilities.” she explains “It’s a freaky feeling because you are giving up control." But for Gretchen, she wouldn't have the outcome any other way.
Michael Edwards began his career in Fine Arts with a focus on drawing, eventually evolving his drawings into the medium of animation. He is largely influenced by Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Russian Suprematism, Buddhism, and Existential philosophy. “I think my most recent films fall under the genera Absolute Film."
In 1884 Albert Fisher opened A. Fisher Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City. It remained one of Utah’s largest breweries well into the 20th century. 133 years later, Albert’s great-great-grandson Tom Riemondy has resurrected the family business and re-opened Fisher Brewing Co. We had a chance to interview him, as well as co-founders Tim Dwyer, Colby Frazier, and Steven Brown.
For Katie, making art was a relaxing and therapeutic pathway out of pain and worry while she was a patient at Primary Children’s Hospital, and has led her to a fulfilling life creating and teaching art to people with disabilities.
Steven Jeffery, Director of Routesetting at Momentum Indoor Climbing, has a peculiar take on setting routes, and it’s not just throwing plastic molds up on a wall in chaos. It’s dance, and style, that make creative, climbable, and challenging routes that pro climbers and newbies alike can enjoy.
Angela Dean is a native New Yorker who was transplanted to Utah at the age of 15. She fell in love with the state as well as a local boy and is now firmly rooted in Salt Lake City. Angela founded AMD Architecture in 1997 with the goal of providing quality architecture that is equally responsible to her clients and the greater environment.
After a traumatic brain injury denied James of his aspirations to become a professional soccer player, he withdrew from the sport. James reinvented himself as a drill choreographer, turning his talent and passion for the sport into a successful business mentoring young players. His intricate training drills push the kids in his program to amazing levels of skill and athleticism.
Now in its 6th season, KUED’s online video series VERVE, has interviewed over 50 unique creators living in Utah. Each episode profiles local artists, innovators, musicians, dancers, chefs, authors, scientists and others about their work and their creative process.
VERVE was born out of the need to explore artistic inspiration. We all have the desire to create – that drive isn’t limited to visual artists. VERVE delves into that spark of innovation that lives in us all. What does your creativity look like? What does it mean to live a creative life? Watch all VERVE episodes here and meet some of Utah’s creative minds.
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein