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Ann Arbor Dance Works Presents "Into the Wind" Previews


How might the arts contribute to our understandings and reframe our perceptions of our evolving landscapes as we transition towards renewable energy sources? This question guides Into the Wind, a dance, music and poetry performance presented by Ann Arbor Dance Works, the resident professional dance company of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). The program explores this increasingly important energy source in the state of Michigan, one that frequently stirs controversy when wind turbine sites are proposed and debated.

Detroit and Ann Arbor-area audiences can enjoy a sneak peek at Into the Wind on Wednesday, June 11 and Thursday June 12 at 7:30 PM at the University of Michigan Department of Dance's Betty Pease Studio Theater, 1310 N. University Court, Ann Arbor. Tickets are $5 general admission. Seating is limited and advance sales are recommended. The previews provide audiences with the opportunity to learn from the interdisciplinary team of collaborators about the creation of the work.

The full performance of Into the Wind will be presented in August in Muskegon, Michigan at the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), a central site for offshore wind energy research in the Great Lakes.

Conceived and directed by Jessica Fogel, professor of dance at SMTD and artistic director of Ann Arbor Dance Works, Into the Wind is being created in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University. Collaborators include:

  • Sara Adlerstein, associate research scientist and visual artist, U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Robert Alexander, composer, NASA JPFP Fellow, sonification specialist, design science PhD candidate at U-M
  • Patty Branam, freelance costume designer
  • Shawn Bible, choreographer, associate professor of dance, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and SMTD MFA dance alumnus
  • Dave Biedenbender, composer, lecturer at SMTD
  • T. Arnold (Arn) Boezaart, executive director of the Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), Muskegon, MI
  • Sarah Mills, doctoral candidate, U-M Urban and Regional Planning Program
  • Kasia Mrozewska, freelance set designer
  • Erik Nordman, associate professor of Natural Resources Management, GVSU
  • Keith Taylor, poet; coordinator of Undergraduate Creative Writing, U-M Dept. of English (LSA); director Bear River Writers Conference

This project received generous funding from the U-M Third Century Initiative, U-M Office of Research, Grand Valley State University, U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance Faculty Research Fund, U-M Gay Delanghe Endowment, U-M Department of Dance, and U-M Office of the Vice President for Global Communications.

Visit MLive to read an in depth article about Into the Wind.

Advance tickets for the previews can be purchased in person or charged by phone at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO), located on the ground floor of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, (734) 763-858. Tickets can also be purchased online at Tickets can be purchased at the door, but seating is limited and advance sales are recommended. For further information, please visit Ann Arbor Dance Works. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @AADanceWorks. University of Michigan Dance Department Events Line: (734) 763-5461. 


Formed in 1985, Ann Arbor Dance Works is the resident professional dance company of the University of Michigan Department of Dance at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Dedicated to the collaborative process, the company shares a wide-ranging repertory with audiences. In addition to producing works by resident SMTD dance faculty choreographers, the company hosts guest choreographers from the United States and abroad. Designers, poets, videographers, visual artists, scholars and composers collaborate with company members, contributing to the creation of innovative and multi-layered works of resonance, depth and beauty. Since its inception, Ann Arbor Dance Works has produced choreography to critical and popular acclaim in New York City, throughout the Midwest, and internationally. The company has also produced unique projects in the Ann Arbor community, including the creation of several large-scale site dances with a variety of community partners. Artistic director for the company is Jessica Fogel.  

"Audience members could feel an intimate connection with all the performers. [The program's works] were exhilarating.... evocative.... glowing.... radiantly danced" -- Kate O'Neill, Dance Magazine    

"Wonderful dancing,...clever choreography, smart and witty, artful and artless, ...evocative...beautiful"  -- Susan Isaacs Nisbett,



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November 2015
October 2014

Anisha Nandi, from The Michigan Daily, sat down with professor Michael Gould to talk about his "Remember Me" show. The video can be seen on the Michigan Daily website.   10/01/2014

July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

Music theory professor Walter Everett's role as an expert on the music of the Beatles was the subject of an article in      06/06/2013

Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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