MFA in Dance Alumni Ashley Mott Participates in Annual Choreography Competition

Ashley was chosen as one of four choreographers from national submissions to create original work for Repertory Dance Theatre's annual choreography competition Regalia! For this event, the audience gets to vote on the four choreographers' works, and the winning choreographer is given a commission for Repertory Dance Theatre's 2022-23 season!

Ashley Mott is a teaching artist, choreographer, yoga practitioner, and dance performer currently based in Utah. She is also currently a performing member of Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective, a national collective based out of Ohio.  She holds an MFA in Dance, Creative Practice degree (with Somatics, Phenomenological Theory, and Design emphasis) from Saint Mary’s College of California, and a Master’s degree in Education and a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.  She is currently the dance program director at Park City High School.

To watch and vote on Ashley's piece, you can watch the virtual show. The event is hybrid, so anyone, anywhere in the world, can watch the show for FREE from Feb. 27 through Mar. 5. Voting includes a donation of $25.00.  A culminating Regalia event will be held virtually on Saturday March 5, 2022, when the results will be tallied, and Repertory Dance Theatre will announce the winner and grant the commission! 

Each of the choreographers had to follow an exciting process to create these works. On Feb. 6, each choreographer had four hours to create an original, 5-7 minute-long modern dance work, entirely over Zoom, with six dancers they did not know until the moment the rehearsal began. The music had to be public domain, or used with permission from the composer.  Ashley describes the process as,  "daunting but also really fun!" Ashley obtained rights to use Leif Vollebekk's music in her work. 

Ashley commented on the process, exclaiming: "I was incredibly impressed by the work ethic and willingness of the dancers in my cast. They did an amazing job taking remote direction, adapting material, and making significant collaborative contributions to the artistic process of generating a relatively long piece in a relatively short amount of time. RDT's lighting designer, Pilar, then aptly took the work from the studio to the stage, after I had to "leave the meeting."  Filmmaker Fernando Lara recorded the staged performance of the work, conducted a Zoom interview with me a week later, and has been tasked with editing this footage, as well as some B roll from the rehearsal day, together to create the virtual show."

"I am excited for the launch of this event and to see the final filmed performance of the piece, along with you, the audience. I sincerely appreciate your vote in support of my work and my choreographic career."

Ashley appreciates  you considering watching the show and seeing her work and interview!

Congratulations Ashley!