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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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