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Student-Choreographed Dance Concert Set for November


The Department of Dance at the University of Michigan presents From the Deepest Chest, a dance concert with works by Catherine 'Caty' Raupp, Jimi Loc Nguyen, Deanna "Dee" Tomasetta, Emma Fath, and Honora Wood. The performance will be held at the Betty Pease Studio Theater, 1310 North University Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, on November 20, 21, & 22 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $7 and are available for purchase one hour before the show each night. For more information, please call the University of Michigan Department of Dance Events Line at (734) 763-5461 or visit

Imitate What They Contain, Obtain What They Promise, a piece choreographed by Catherine 'Caty' Raupp, analyzes the nature of sin through the relationship of virtues and vices. This highly athletic and theatrical group plays with elements of humor and self-indulgence as it navigates the darker emotions of human nature. Self-indulgence should be satiated is a solo inspired by a statue of the water nymph Undine, who is heartbroken over the loss of the lover she killed. Raupp portrays Undine in this work, conveying the complexity of selfishness and the catalyst to revenge.

A new work, choreography by Jimi Loc Nguyen, incorporating the fusion of contemporary, modern, and hip-hop styles, is based on the idea of behavioral shifts and personality alterations due to different and specific social settings.  In his solo, Nguyen cracks open the essence of "balance" to question when an overachieving and workaholic individual tips into a dangerous realm. 

Where the Sea and Land Meet, choreographed by Deanna "Dee" Tomasetta, dives head first into an unknown world of mischief and innocent play with a 1920s twist. In addition, Tomasetta presents With One Hand Waving Free, a solo inspired by the Pont des Art "lovelock" bridge in Paris, which embodies a gypsy soul unraveling love and the choice to move forward on a destined path.

Emma Fath's work Truthiness explores the contrasts between public and private personas. Inspired by the character and real-life Stephen Colbert, this work uses the framework of a late-night comedy show as the springboard for this exploration. Through the interactions between hosts and guests we see what it means to be in the public and the private.

Mrs. Darling's Guesses, choreographed by Honora Wood, personifies innocence and its inevitable loss through the lens of the 'Lost Boys' from J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan. The work presents a world of childhood playfulness where the tragedy of loss lurks just beneath the surface. In her solo work, Subrosa, Wood draws upon the symbolism of the rose and the interplay between secrecy and unveiling. 

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SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

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Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

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

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Dee Tomasetta, one of the dancer-choreographers featured in "From the Deepest Chest"
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