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Stravinsky Revisited

Choreography by guest artists Rennie Harris, Daniel Gwirtzman, and Ginger Thatcher with faculty Amy Chavasse, and Jessica Fogel

University Dance Company

Power Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, January 31- Sunday, February 3


Igor Stravinsky’s music has inspired many of the most innovative choreographers of the 20th Century. Following the success of Viva Stravinsky in 1989, the University Dance Company creates another vivacious concert paying homage to the composer. Jessica Fogel creates a choreographic mosaic of her works set to an original score by Stephen Rush based on a musical fragment from Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms.” Amy Chavasse premieres a work set to Stravinsky waltzes, polkas and tangos. The dance will combine movement, video, and text to relate historical events of the 1920s and 40s. Village by guest Daniel Gwirtzman is set to seven brief movements from four Stravinsky compositions. Inspired by the folkloric traditions of Eastern European cultures, Village honors the unions of new lovers, the rituals of a cohesive community, and the presence of tragedy among life’s joys. Guest Ginger Thatcher explores the idea of light, shadows, the cut out motifs of Matisse, and the realms in between in her work Shadow Dances, set to Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto.” Highlighting the concert is a brand new work by hip-hop dance choreographer Rennie Harris, Artistic Director of Puremovement based in Philadelphia. Known for his ground-breaking all-male adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic story, “Rome & Jewels,” Mr. Harris will take a new look at Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” The Philadelphia Inquirer declared “Harris has built a wedge that will open the doors of America’s art centers, displaying hip-hop as clear cultural expression, compelling to all races and generations.”



stravinsky revisited

Scenic Designer Kasia Mrozewska
Costume Designers

Rebecca Turk,

Lena Sands

Lighting Designer Mary Cole
Stage Manager

Stephanie Anderson

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower