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Dancing Americas

Premiere choreography by guest Dianne McIntyre and faculty Melissa Beck and Sandra Torijano, and a MinEvent by Merce Cunningham

University Dance Company

Power Center

February 3 - 6, 2011


The University Dance Company’s 2011 concert celebrates the intertwining of music and culture throughout the Americas. Acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre creates a new work set to music inspired by Bo Diddley, Eric Dolphy, and Dizzy Gillespie played by students in the UM Jazz Department. McIntyre’s extensive career has stretched from performing to choreographing for modern dance, theatre, television, and film, as well as winning numerous awards, including the 2009 American Dance Festival Award for Distinguished Teaching. “One of the most engaging [dancers] you'll see anywhere…McIntyre whips together narrative, exceptionally fluid dancing, and music.” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post) Sandra Torijano premieres Tango con la vida, a work examining the deep, shared spirit underlying Latin America’s rich dance and music cultures. Towards a sudden silence by Melissa Beck is inspired by the poems of American poet, UM graduate, and Hopwood Award winner Marge Piercy. Rounding out the evening will be a MinEvent, presenting an uninterrupted sequence of excerpts from masterworks by Merce Cunningham, accompanied by John Cage’s “Cartridge Music” played live by the Digital Music Ensemble.


Additional Events
Curtain Call Friday

Post-show discussion featuring choreographers, and dancers; moderated by Judy Rice. Friday, Feb.4, following the performance, Power Center.

Collaborations: Dianne McIntyre

On Saturday, February 5, from 7:00-7:45 PM in the Reception Room at the Power Center, the Department of Dance presents Collaborations: Dianne McIntyre, a panel discussion examining Dianne McIntyre’s long history of collaboration with musicians, directors, and dancers as a choreographer in dance, film, and theater, as well as through her former Harlem based ompany and school, Sounds in Motion. Panelists include Professor Steven Rush (SMTD, Departments of Dance and Performing Arts Technology), Professor Glenda Dickerson (SMTD, Dept. of Theatre & Drama), and Alde Lewis (former Sounds in Motion company member) moderated by Assoc. Professor Robin Wilson (SMTD Dept. of Dance).



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Artistic Staff

Artistic Director Judy Rice
Scenic Designer Kasia Mrozewska
Costume Designer

Christianne Myers

Lighting Designer Mary Cole
Stage Managers

Michelle Elias,

Ingrid Olson


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower