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Moving Pictures

Choreography by guest Andrea Miller and faculty
Melissa Beck, Bill DeYoung, and Peter Sparling


Department of Dance

Power Center
February 6-9, 2014


The Department of Dance presents Moving Pictures, a concert featuring four works by faculty Melissa Beck, Bill De Young, and Peter Sparling and a work by the vibrant and inventive Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance. Peter Sparling celebrates the expressive power of women’s voices in GirlTalk, a set of three dances to vocal music ranging from G. F. Handel to the Stovall Sisters, a 70’s Southern Gospel funk girl group to New York City R&B icon Laura Nyro. In the dance tradition of music visualization, each song evokes its own landscape of dancing populations, framed and amplified between two projection screens of highly kinetic video imagery designed by Sparling. Beautiful Wreck, by Melissa Beck, explores themes of architecture both of the body and of bridges.Dancers’ bodies move in spiraling arches as they create architectural formations, which exhibit the strength as well as the breath and movement inherent in such seemingly solid structures. Bill De Young creates a new dance work inspired by the musical composition “The Unbearable Lightness,” by Matti Kovler, originally commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Festival (listen at Scored for seven double basses, “The Unbearable Lightness” will be played live by the SMTD Double Bass Studio,featuring U-M Professor Emerita Diana Gannett. Highlighting the concert is Miller’s joyous romp Pupil Suite, a wildly quirky work set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. The Village Voice declared, “[Miller] is “one of those young choreographers you want to keep in your sights. Her ideas are intriguing, and her movement style lusty, and daring.”

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Photo by Peter Smith, Graphic design by Don Hammond.

Artistic Staff

Artistic Director Judy Rice
Scenic Designer Kasia Mrozewska-Fenz
Costume Designers Tara Ellis, Sarah Korn, Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Mary Cole
Sound Designer Roger Arnett
Stage Manager Jenn Jacobs



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower