Park City Institute 2018/2019 Season

Park City Institute just announced its 21st season of Main Stage shows at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. The 2018-19 season continues the Institute’s mission to entertain, educate and illuminate with a lineup of world-renowned dance companies, musicians, authors, thinkers, adventurers and leaders—both legendary and emerging.

“This season is rich in ideas and performers who take you out of your comfort zone,” said Teri Orr, Executive Director of the Park City Institute. “Our music lineup is all about discovery. Our speakers continue to push the boundaries of how we think—about social media, sexual assault, politics, and addiction. And we are charting some new territory, as we’re part of the inaugural season of National Geographic Explorer Live! Which is a multimedia experience—led on our stage, by expert adventurers.”

The Main Stage season begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues through the end of April.

The lineup is as follows:

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8th Annual Saints and Sinners Ball
Saturday March 16, 2019

Mischief, mayhem and perhaps a little madness take over as we gather, once again, at the St. Regis Deer Valley, for the Saints and Sinners Ball to support the Student Outreach Programs of the Park City Institute. Shenanigans and high-jinx, auctions, a champagne sabering, plus traditional Irish fare and libations conspire to create an evening that is decidedly whimsical. Clever costumes abound.

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Birds of Chicago
Saturday March 23, 2019

Get ready to discover “secular gospel” - a new brand of Americana music which evolved from a professional/personal merger. JT Nero and Allison Russell are the husband-and-wife team who first met when he was with JT and the Clouds, and she was with Po’ Girl, and their bands took turns opening for each other at gigs on either side of the US/Canadian border. Along the way, they became creative parters, life partners, and forged ahead to front a new band: Birds of Chicago Through elbow grease, Kickstarter campaigns, guerilla-style performances at festivals, they found finding critical acclaim from NPR, the London Telegraph, Paste, and Slant—and a major label debut. Their music itself is about discovery—including the ways in which Americana music absorbs our many cultures and ideas, turning it into tunes that are by turns fun, flirty, thoughtful and romantic.


Parsons Dance
Saturday March 30, 2019

China. Italy. Park City. The legendary, award-winning contemporary dance company returns from international tours, to our stage. Their brand of energized, athletic ensemble work is the signature of founders David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley. The company has toured more than 445 cities, 30 countries, 5 continents, and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice, and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Founding Artistic Director David Parsons has collaborated with artists from music, design, fashion, and more. This troupe of extraordinary dancers brings stories to tell, through the powerful medium of dance. Click here to learn more about Parsons Dance


Triumph of Spirit
Friday April 5, 2019

Park City Institute presents Triumph of Spirit: Two driven athletes. Two moving films. Friday April 5, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, in Park City, UT. “Sound of Silence - Born Severely Deaf,” Robin Gillon found success—and happiness—on skis. Born severely deaf, Gillon faced bullying and struggles at school, but refused to let the actions of others, and his disability, hold him back. “Return to Paradise - A Skier’s Journey.” Mike Vowels, once a champion freestyle skier, shares his mental and physical journey, returning to skiing, 28 years after a paralyzing accident. 

Mike and Robin will join us onstage. 


Dorrance Dance
Saturday April 13, 2019

Tap…Tap…BOOM. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” Founded by Artistic Director, 2015 MacArthur fellow and 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Michelle Dorrance, the company has, in less than a decade, forged a brand which honors tap dance’s uniquely American history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context. —blending traditional technique with cutting-edge choreography, inventive rhythms and concepts, to challenge expectations. Click here to learn more about Dorrance Dance