The Music of The Bridge
“The Bridge isn’t just a dance concert and it isn’t just a concert. It’s a long-form story told in a fresh way, from beginning to end, through dance and music. The score reflects that—it’s part song, part sound design, part ambient music.”
– Composer Andrew Maxfield
If you’ve been a music fan in Utah during the past decade, chances are you’ve heard the virtuosic rock band Fictionist.
They’ve opened for Imagine Dragons and toured with Neon Trees and more…
But you might not know about some of the band’s creative offshoots—like The Bridge — an evening length dance performance, created with SALT Contemporary Dance, will premiere at Kingsbury Hall on November 8, 9, 10, 2018.
Though many people know Fictionist frontman Stuart Maxfield as a ferocious bassist and singer, he is equally a violinist, producer, and versatile composer.
The Bridge features an entirely new show-length score composed by Stuart Maxfield and his brother Andrew Maxfield, a classical composer.
“We wanted to make something totally different,” explains Andrew. “The Bridge isn’t just a dance concert and it isn’t just a concert. It’s a long-form story told in a fresh way, from beginning to end, through dance and music. The score reflects that—it’s part song, part sound design, part ambient music.”
The Bridge also features Stuart Maxfield onstage, a new kind of role for a rock performer.
Although the narrative unfolds primarily through the choreography of SALT favorite Brendan Duggan, Maxfield provides oblique meta-commentary through the music, as a kind of Greek chorus-turned DJ.
“This kind of collaboration is the first of its kind for SALT,” says Michelle Nielsen, SALT Artistic Director. “And we’re excited to show something that SALT fans and Fictionist fans and everyone else will find really beautiful and profound.”
“SALT Contemporary Dance brings the region such a fresh and compelling approach to dance,” says Brooke Horejsi, Assistant Dean / Executive Director of Kingsbury Hall. “When the opportunity to support their smart, interdisciplinary, collaboration with artists from Fictionist came along, it made absolute sense to welcome them to the UtahPresents 2018-2019 Season of offerings.”
The Bridge runs from November 8-10 at Kingsbury Hall.
Tickets start at $20
Youth 18 and under $10
University of Utah students $5 (purchase at box office w/ U ID)
Non-University of Utah students $10 (purchase at box office w/ school ID)
U staff/faculty save 10% (purchase at box office w/ U ID)