The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
Jamie Colburn and Jessica Gomes-Ng will perform the roles of Tony and Maria, respectively, in selections from West Side Story as part of one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 18
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished Professor of Dance
Peter Sparling is the Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor of Dance and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance at University of Michigan. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling was a member of the José Limón Dance Company and principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company. He has performed and staged Graham's works all over the world and on PBS's Dance in America. He has had extensive experience as artistic director, (Peter Sparling Dance Company/Dance Gallery Foundation), choreographer, performer, teacher (U-M Distinguished Faculty Award, Governor's Michigan Artist Award), lecturer, video artist, writer (Ballet Review), collaborator, administrator (former chair, U-M Dance Department) and dance/arts consultant.
A videographer and teacher of screendance at U-M, his videodance Babel was selected for the 2007 New York Dance on Camera Festival, the 2008 American Dance Festival Dance Film & Video Festival and has toured the world. His made-for-TV work, Climbing Sainte-Victoire, was broadcast on Michigan Television in April 2009, and his screen dance, The Snowy Owl, was featured at the Short Film Corner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. He has presented at Society of Dance History Scholars, Southeastern College Art Conference, and co-chaired Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance at U-M in 2012. He is resident artist at both U-M Life Sciences Institute and North Campus Research Complex. which houses his Pop-Up Projection Pavilion, a 3-screen video projection system. He lives with his partner, John Gutoskey, a visual artist.
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