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Choreography by Bill T. Jones and faculty

Amy Chavasse, Jessica Fogel, and Sandra Torijano

Department of Dance
Power Center
February 7 - 10, 2013


The Department of Dance presents Translation, a concert featuring four works by Bill T. Jones and faculty. Choreographer Jessica Fogel presents Hath Purest Wit: Anagrams for Eight Dancers and Thirteen Letters, inspired by the writings of Marcel Danesi (The Puzzle Instinct). Dancers embody anagrams invoking the act of puzzle solving and insight thinking. Lighthearted and whimsical, the dance includes narration from Danesi’s writings and Lewis Carroll. Intrigued by the sideshow celebrities at state fairs, Amy Chavasse creates Headless Woman, an homage to the curiosities that scintillate our imaginations. A new work by Sandra Torijano explores Latin American art and poetry. Highlighting the concert is the first movement of the 1989 Bessie Award-winner for Choreography, D-Man in the Waters, by the multi-talented Bill T. Jones. Created shortly after the death of his partner Arnie Zane from AIDS and dedicated to a dancer fighting his own battle against the disease, D-Man in the Waters celebrates the resilience and survival of the human spirit. Set to Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings in E-flat,” the dance is a “joyously defiant affirmation of life. (NY Times)”

Artistic Staff

Artistic Director Judy Rice
Scenic Designer Kasia Mrozewska
Costume Designer Suzanne Young
Lighting Designer Mary Cole
Stage Manager Michael Barbour



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower