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Guest Lecture: Eryn Rosenthal

Tuesday, September 26 - 6:00pm
East Quadrangle, Room 1405
Free, registration required

Dance and Dialogue: Human Contact and Democracy

How can the body be a laboratory for examining dialogue, choice-making, roles and habits? In this interactive workshop, choreographer and King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Artist Eryn Rosenthal will share some of her research on the connections between a dance form called Contact Improvisation and the political writings of Steve Biko, Ada Colau, Paolo Freire, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Judith Butler, and others. What can the body bring to larger discussions of dialogue-building, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment?

This workshop is made possible through funding from the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI); the King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professorship; ArtsEngine; the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund; the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s DEI Fund; the African Studies Center; the LSA Democracy in Action Fund; the W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center; and the Center for World Performance Studies.

Register here: http://umich.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c8ed201fb948f971cefc964dd&id=dc4e1ba569&e=e7ee58fc81

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Ann Arbor Dance Works Performance

Tuesday, September 26 - 7:30pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets $10 general/$7 student/seniors available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office

Ann Arbor Dance Works, the resident professional dance company of the Department of Dance, presents its 32nd Annual Season, featuring exciting new and recent dance works choreographed and performed by guest artists, faculty, alumni, and students. Included is choreography by NYC’s Shannon Gillen, a screen dance by Professor Peter Sparling, a solo by U-M faculty Tzveta Kassabova, and duets by U-M alumni Ali Woerner & Thayer Jonutz (with music composed/performed by Jon Anderson), Colin Mysliwiec Raybin & Michael Spencer Phillips (with piano performance by Shalva Vashakashvili), and Sean Hoskins & Molly Paberzs.
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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Michael Spencer Phillips

Friday, September 29 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Michael Spencer Phillips will lead a modern dance class anchored in the Martha Graham technique but widely influenced by his performing career with Pascal Rioult and Robert Battle. Phillips's class is musical, rhythmic, and extremely athletic using Graham's technique as the backbone to contemporary yet technically classical movement. He also focuses on varying quality and texture to build a dancer for performance on stage, camera, or site-specific locations. His belief is in utilizing the classic Graham technique in the dance world of today and beyond.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Cat Coury

Friday, October 6 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Catherine Coury is a native of Detroit and a graduate of SMTD, Coury’s dance career consisted of extensive international touring with New York City’s Shen Wei Dance Arts, Shannon Gillen, Gallim Dance, and LoudHoundMovement. Coury will teach gaga for warm-up and then Marcat Rep from her new piece Codara and Preludio.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Laura Pettibone and Catherine Tharin

Friday, October 13 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Laura Pettibone Wright and Catherine Tharin were in Erick Hawkins Dance Company and will be teaching Hawkins Rep. Tharin was a soloist in the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from 1988–1994, where she originated roles, toured nationally and internationally, and danced at the Kennedy Center.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Maija Garcia

Friday, October 20 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Garcia’s workshop will focus on integrating storytelling into movement practice. A full warm up concentrates breath and presence in the body, awakening the senses through improvisation that initiates from the spine. Dancers will play with partnering and group work, composing phrases that interact and incorporate sound and speaking. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the interplay of movement and storytelling, and to enliven conscious artistic practice.

Garcia is a Cuban-American director and choreographer based in Harlem, NYC. Currently devising a Storytelling Production with Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, Garcia developed Heather Henson’s puppet play Crane, directed Salsa, Mambo Cha Cha Cha in Havana, Cuba, and FELA! The Concert in Australia and New Zealand.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Third Century Screens Expo

10/26/2017-10/28/2017 @ 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
U-M Alumni Center, Founders Room
Free - no tickets required

The Pop-Up Projection Pavilion (PUPP), a five-screen projection system for multi-layered video works, has been completed to serve as a vehicle for inspired creativity and invention. Three prizes of $3,000 each will be awarded to a U-M student, alumnus/a, and faculty member for works created specifically for the PUPP.
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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonuts

Friday, October 27 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Take Root is known for their connection through untraditional partnering technique. The class will consist of a thorough warm-up based off of Take Root’s principles of partnering and awareness. Following the warm-up, the class will organically move into repertory work from Take Root. Although the work is set, the class will discover their own voices and connections throughout the teachings, a journey the Take Root company members experience when creating new works, resulting in the classes’ version of Take Root’s repertory.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

A-maize-ing SMTD

Friday, October 27 - 6:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

A 90-minute concert featuring student talent from SMTD including instrumental soloists, dancers, actors, and chamber ensembles. Audience members may come and go between individual performances. This special event will be part of the U-M Bicentennial’s UMich200 Fall Festival.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Cat Coury and Mario Bermudez Gil

Friday, November 3 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

MFA alumnus Sean Hoskins guides people through the compositional process he developed/used to come up with much of his materials: "Dancing the Place." Hoskins will also emphasize choice- making and agency as a performer, improviser, dance maker, etc. Phrase material will be taught from the multi-media work that he is choreographing at EMU this Fall.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

Faculty Lecture: Amy Chavasse, dance

Saturday, November 4 - 6:00pm
East Quadrangle, Room 1405
Free - no tickets required

Professor Chavasse presents research from her travels to the Malta Festival in Poznan, Poland, and to Berlin, Germany where she created a new dance work for Tanz Tangente. In Poznan, the panoply of dance, music and theater events focused on the festival theme--The Balkans Platform, (Platforma Blakany), with
the title of "We The People," analogous to our "not my president" protests. Chavasse will discuss the highly politicized works she witnessed as an audience member, posing questions about gender politics and social inequality and autocracy. She will also discuss the genesis of a new dance created with Tanz
Tangente in Berlin, called "Little Monsters,” in which the movement exploration is centered around pulsing, agitation, manipulation and absence.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn Rosenthal

Friday, November 10 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

MFA alumna Eryn Rosenthal teaches this class where students reach inside movements big and small, activating flux in the membrane between figure and abstraction. They will also play with movement, questions, puzzles and opposites sourced from recent works Au bout du petit matin and La buena chaquetera y los cuatro caballos (Solo Dancing Does Not Exist).

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Tracy Pearson

Friday, November 17 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: 2nd year SMTD graduate students

Friday, December 1 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

Al Evangelista, Sydney Schiff, and Fabiola Torralba will be sharing movement materials from the Graduate Studio—wherein each MFA student works to develop materials for their upcoming Thesis concert in the Spring 2018. 

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Dance & Related Arts Concert

12/1/2017 & 12/2/2017 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 students/seniors

The Annual Dance and Related Arts Concert showcases the projects of semester-long collaborations between students from SMTD.

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Dance Composition Class Showing

Thursday, December 7 - 2:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Freshman and sophomore dance majors present choreography created during their semester-long composition class with Associate Professor of Dance Amy Chavasse and Professor of Dance Peter Sparling.

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BFA Dance Concert #1

12/7/2017-12/9/2017 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
$7 general admission

Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts students in Dance present a joint concert of their choreography at the conclusion of their studies in the Dance program. Danielle "DeeDee" Fattore, Yoshiko Iwai, and Callie Munn each perform a solo and present a group work.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: SMTD Asst. Professor Robert Najarian

Friday, December 8 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

Robert Najarian is an actor, instructor, fight director, and author hailing from the East Coast. As a performer, Najarian has been seen in more than 40 productions in cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Boston with such companies as The American Repertory Theatre, Washington National Opera, and Punchdrunk, where he was an original cast member of the critically acclaimed show Sleep No More in New York. The class will be an extension of previous mod labs starting with a brief overview of partnering concepts leading into group dynamics focusing on ocular focus and kinesthetic response.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Congolese Class Showing

Sunday, December 10 - 2:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

A presentation of Congolese dances performed by students in classes led by master teacher Jean-Claude (Biza) Sompa. The rhythmic, dynamic dancing is accompanied by live drumming.

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Performance Improvisation Class Showing

Sunday, December 10 - 4:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

A showing of dances and music created in the moment. Performance Improvisation, led by Amy Chavasse highlights the ensemble work of MFA dance students, upper-level BFA dance majors, and students in the art & design, music composition, and performing arts technology departments.

Collage Concert

Saturday, January 13 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $34/$28/$12 with student ID

The Collage Concert is a non-stop evening of virtuosic performances, featuring students from all parts of the SMTD.
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Dancing Globally

February 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM
February 2 & 3, 2018 at 8 PM
February 4, 2018 at 2 PM
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Reserved seating $30/$24/$12 with student ID

Department of Dance
Choreography by guest Shannon Gillen and faculty Missy Beck and Sandra Torijano

A program of modern dance featuring works by innovative global choreographers and faculty.
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past events

September 2017

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Scholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required

As beneficiaries of the generous support of SMTD scholarship donors, students representing the best of SMTD perform a wide range of repertoire in music, theatre, and dance in an “intimate Collage Concert.”
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Third Century Screens (3CS) Colloquium

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00am
U-M Alumni Center, Founders Room
Free - no tickets required

Guest artists and scholars mingle with U-M students and faculty and share their understanding of screen culture and its histories, ideas, and practices in the arts, humanities, entertainment industry, sciences, and commerce. Featured guest speakers are Alison Griffiths, (author of Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinemas, Museums and the Immersive View; Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture; and Screens Behind Bars: Cinema, Prisons, and the Making of Modern America) and Ricardo Rivera, artistic director of Klip Collective, a Philadelphia-based collective of video projection artists. Participants will then ride together to Detroit to witness DLECTRICITY, the light spectacle staged on the city’s streets.

Register for the Colloquium at http://myumi.ch/J7ekA

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Marly Spieser-Schneider

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

SMTD alumna Marly Spieser-Schneider is, among many things, a dance artist who currently teaches, choreographs, performs, and experiments in various locations, primarily Vermont, New York, and Michigan. As usual, she is constantly embarking on a multitude of projects and at the moment she is working on an evening-length collaborative work with Avi Waring and Paul Besaw, a duet work with Trina Mannino, a solo show entitled Mantra.Math.Marrow, and a series of ongoing projects with various multi-media artists, including Ona Schneider and Jamie Killen. Spieser-Schneider seeks to connect with people and engage in collaborative processes that inspire creative problem solving and open-minded investigation.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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SMTD@UMMA

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 8:00pm
Museum of Art, Front Lawn
Free - no tickets required

Heart of Tones

Inspired by Random International’s LED-light and motion-sensing dynamic sculpture, “Swarm Study / II,” featured in UMMA's exhibition Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors-Part II: Abstraction, SMTD professors Stephen Rush and Amy Chavasse lead students in an outdoor performance of interactive works by Pauline Oliveros and John Cage.

“Heart of Tones” is presented in partnership with Kerrytown Concert House as a preview to its 21st annual Edgefest, October 18-21, 2017.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: William Crowley

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

SMTD alumnus William Crowley introduces students to Graham Technique, its basic principle of “contraction and release”, spirals, and proper breathing patterns, demonstrating the beneficial knowledge that comes from the awareness of one’s own center and core strength. Crowley will then teach A Dance in Search of a Title, a work originally intended as a solo but taught as an ensemble piece, which explores the ties that bind beyond the physical realm. It is a dance of loss and longing, contrasted with the hope and faith stemming from of a love that is eternal

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Faculty/Guest Recital: Amy Chavasse, dance, Sarah Konner, and Austin Selden

9/9/2017 @ 8:00 PM
9/10/2017 @ 2:00 PM
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Associate Professor of Dance Amy Chavasse brings together colleagues from the Department of Theatre & Drama Tzveta Kassobova and Malcolm Tulip, along with New York-based BFA dance alums Sarah Konner and Austin Selden to present three original works of movement, text, and theatre.

Emi, Amy and Mimi, the Celebrated Love Partners, and their Bicycle, Emi Nomo is a new trio by Amy Chavasse, Sarah Konner, and Austin Selden that imagines three characters bound together through a shared memory of something lost. Constructed around tightly hewn rhythms that draw the performers together in ecstatic proximity, a fantastical narrative emerges. deux dogtooth is a duet for Chavasse and Tulip that moves between precise gesture and text, and improvisational tasks that question categories and the names of things, To Scale is a duet performed by Tzveta Kassabova and visual artist Heimo Wallner, which was developed in Bulgaria in 2016.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Sarah Konner and Austin Selden

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

SMTD alumni Sarah Konner and Austin Selden teach a warm-up which will include partnering, technique exercises for strength and stability, and some experiential anatomy, building towards teaching phrase material from recent work.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

August 2017

SMTD Undergraduate Student Welcome

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 6:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

Come meet the Dean, members of the faculty, and your student colleagues at this unique event. There will be student performances, free swag, and good food. Start building your network of friends, and learn to sing The Victors!

This event will be live-streamed here: myumi.ch/aMkRD

MPulse Dance Institute Performance

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:30am
Walgreen Drama Center, Studio One
Free - no tickets required

July 2017

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Paul Taylor Summer Intensive Final Showing

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:30pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Students from the seventh intensive hosted at U-M will provide a brief demonstration of the Taylor Technique followed by sections of four dances choreographed by Paul Taylor. Expcerpts include Aureole (1962), Scudorama (1963), Speaking in Tongues (1988), and Promethean Fire (2002)

April 2017

SMTD Commencement

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Doors open at 3:15 PM.

View the livestream below.
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Emerging Dance Artists Concert

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

This concert showcases the creative work of our dance majors, who exhibit dance works they have been creating outside of other formal performances. These are often collaborations with musicians, elaborations of class studies into fuller works, and more.

EXCELebration

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Student Commons
Free - no tickets required

Back by popular demand, EXCEL will offer free tacos provided by Tios! Stop by to grab a bite and join us for brief program starting at 3:30PM, where we will summarize EXCEL's activities and outcomes from this past year, announce the 2017 EXCELprize, and share some exciting plans for 2017-18.


More info

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Choreography, Performance, Production & Design Concert

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Encoded

This performance features new original choreography by first year Master of Fine Arts candidates in the Department of Dance Al Evangelista, Sydney Schiff, and Fabiola Torralba.

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Congolese Class Showing

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

A presentation of Congolese dances performed by students in classes led by master teacher Jean-Claude (Biza) Sompa. The rhythmic, dynamic dancing is accompanied by live drumming.

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BFA Dance Performance #2

4/13/2017 - 4/15/2017 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7, available at the door

Round Seven

BFA senior dance majors Alayna Baron, Luna Lemus-Bromley, Beynji Marshall, and Selena Moeljadi present original works in this shared concert. Comprising solos and group dances, their choreography marks the culmination of their studies in the Department of Dance.

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Dance Composition Class Showing

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 2:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Freshman and sophomore dance majors present choreography created during their semester-long composition class with Associate Professor of Dance Amy Chavasse and Professor of Dance Peter Sparling.

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True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating -$50/$30/$25 and $20/$15 with Student ID

True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan incorporates live music, theatre and dance, and features faculty and students from across many U-M schools and colleges, along with celebrated alumni. The show also features new music composed by faculty and alumni specifically for the bicentennial.

There are no more tickets available online. Contact the University of Michigan, Michigan Union Ticket Office box office for information on additional ticket availability.

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BFA Dance Performance #1

4/6/2017 - 4/8/2017 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7, available at the door

BFA senior dance majors Dee Evasic, Noie Porat, KC Shonk, and Ellen Wallace present original works in this shared concert. Comprising solo and group dances, the students’ choreography marks the culmination of their studies in the Department of Dance.

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MFA Dance Thesis Work: Robert Daniel Holmes Maynard

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 12:00am
Dance Building
Free - no tickets required

Haus of Bambi

Online screen dance platform launching April 1, view at hausofbambi.com
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March 2017

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MFA Dance Performance: Sadie Lehmker and Molly Paberzs

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 8:00pm
North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, Dining Hall
Free tickets required

Tonight Only, and again tomorrow

Pre-performance reception starts at 7:30 PM.

Second-year MFA Dance candidates Sadie Lehmker & Molly Paberzs present their MFA thesis performance, Tonight Only, and again tomorrow, which weaves together two worlds: one defined by mapping memory, identity and place, the other unfolding in the moment through improvisational choices. The evening will showcase collaborative work between dance, music, film, design, and technology.

Free, but tickets are required and can be reserved at lehmkerdance.com
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Musicology Lecture: Prof. Stephanie Jordan (RE-SCHEDULED FROM 2/17)

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

For a dance historian, analyst, or musicologist writing about dance, what are the implications of knowing about artists’ working processes? In this presentation, Jordan will begin by revisiting interviews she conducted for her 2015 book Mark Morris: Musician-Choreographer. Morris has taken a variety of approaches to music, such that his “choreomusical” styles and strategies have helped dancers and audiences to hear musical scores in new ways. Recent studies of the practices of other contemporary choreographers reveal an intensification in the sharing of “process information.” To illustrate this intensification and its results, Jordan draws from recent choreomusical analyses, as well as interviews with other choreographers. Her research raises a number of questions about how to negotiate a way through the conflicting values and terminologies of interviewers and interviewees, and the mix of rational choices and instinctive decision-making in the creative artistic process. For Jordan, the “genetic” information in the process can be invaluable to a general understanding of dance, while potentially enriching the analysis of individual dances. Asking what sort of relationship might, or might not, exist between the genesis of a work and its final form, she also brings into play musicologist Nicolas Marston’s theory of “dangerous liaisons.”

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Guest Recital: Courtney Miller, oboe and Kristin Mars, dance

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Dr. Courtney Miller is currently assistant professor of oboe at the University of Iowa where she teaches private oboe lessons, reed classes, master classes and chamber music. Miller made her solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at age 17, and continues to be a devoted performer traveling throughout the United States and abroad as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.

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MFA Dance Program: GIVE

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required

This multi-media performance is the thesis project created and coordinated by second year MFA in dance candidate Carlos Funn. Along with contributors from performing arts technology and music departments, the work weaves together deeply felt movement and a dynamic sonic and illuminated environment.

February 2017

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Glancing Back, Dancing Forward

Feb. 2 at 7:30 PM
Feb. 3 & 4 at 8 PM
Feb. 5 at 2 PM
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Reserved seating $28/$22/$12 with student ID

The Dept. of Dance celebrates the U-M Bicentennial. Choreography by guests Meredith Monk, and alumni Xan Burley and Alex Springer. Additional choreography by faculty Missy Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Susan Filipiak, Jessica Fogel, Jillian Hopper, Jean-Claude Biza Sompa, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, Amy West, and Robin Wilson. Historical exhibit curated by Jessica Fogel.


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January 2017

SMTD Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia (SOLD OUT/WAITLIST AVAILABLE)

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - registration required

Social Justice and the Arts

As part of the U-M Bicentennial, Michigan will welcome Justice Susanne Baer (LLM ’93), of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to participate in the first of three 2017 Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia. Presented in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, the event will feature a conversation with Justices Baer and Sotomayor that highlights the prominence of the performing arts in promoting social justice, as well as scholarly work that illustrates the influence of the arts on the overall University community and society in general. The discussion will focus on the impact of the performing arts on generating awareness, building community, and motivating individuals to pursue social change. The event will also feature a tribute performance by distinguished SMTD alumna and recipient of Sphinx Medal of Excellence, mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales (BM ‘02, voice), along with performances by SMTD students and the U-M Men’s Glee Club.
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Collage Concert

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved Seating $32/$26 Students $12 w/ID

The much-anticipated, annual Collage Concert never fails to amaze. This year, the Collage Concert kicks off a yearlong celebration of the U-M’s Bicentennial, looking back to 1817, and looking forward. In addition, the concert will honor the late Gustav Meier, Professor Emeritus of Conducting. An internationally celebrated conductor and teacher, Meier’s time at Michigan ushered in a new era of symphonic and operatic excellence along with initiating a number of SMTD annual traditions including the Collage Concert. The concert’s distinctive format features the incredible range of SMTD ensembles and programs performing one riveting work after another without pause, while showcasing student talent from across all performing arts disciplines. It’s a non-stop, exhilarating evening of virtuoso performances.

The 2016-2017 Hill Concert Series is sponsored by Meijer Corporation.
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December 2016

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Performance Improvisation Class Showing

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

A showing of dances and music created in the moment. Performance Improvisation, led by Amy Chavasse highlights the ensemble work of MFA dance students, upper-level BFA dance majors, and students in the art & design, music composition, and performing arts technology departments.

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BFA Dance Performance

12/8/2016 @ 8:00 PM
12/9/2016 @ 8:00 PM
12/10/2016 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7, available at the door one hour before the show

"Within Perception"

Original dance works presented by Claire Crause, Chloe Gonzales, Paula Modafferi, Kasia Reilly and Soultana Schiavi.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Alan Good

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Alan Good will lead a class featuring part of Merce Cunningham’s Torse (1976). Good grew up in Ann Arbor and Munich, Germany and danced with the Cunningham company from 1978 to 1994. The Wall Street Journal wrote of a New York season, “most memorable of all is Alan Good, who dances like an unpredictable force of nature.”

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.
In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Composition Class Showing

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 2:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

An informal showing of new dance compositions and studies created throughout the Fall semester by freshmen, sophomore, and first-year graduate student dance majors in the U-M Department of Dance. The choreography of visiting Chinese scholar, performer, and choreographer Ni Jin will also be presented.

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Panel Discussion: Diversity Next!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 5:00pm
North Quad, Room 2435
Free - no tickets required

Expanding the Diversity Conversation Through the Arts

Diversity Next! is an arts-inspired series of conversations convened by the Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) that seeks to broaden the horizons of diversity deliberations on the U-M campus and beyond. The arts cut across wide-ranging cultural and disciplinary boundaries, harness the expressive power of creativity in new modes of perception and understanding, and help individuals and communities critically interrogate and liberate from conditioned assumptions and behavior that run counter to diversity. This invites new perspectives on familiar topics and also helps place front and center areas that may elude diversity discourse altogether.

Featuring Anita Gonzalez, Professor, Dept. of Theatre & Drama; Ed Sarath, Professor, Dept of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, Interim Director, Center for World Performance Studies; and Robin Wilson, Professor of Dance

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Dance and Related Arts Concert

12/2/2016 @ 8:00 PM
12/3/2016 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7, available at the door one hour before the show

Come see exciting new collaborative works created by interdisciplinary students from dance, music, performing arts technology, and engineering. The results often push the boundaries of those individual forms.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Cat Coury and Mario Bermudez Gil

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Cat Coury will teach a Gaga warm-up followed by repertory from a recent evening length piece, ALANDA (choreography by Mario Bermudez Gil). The movement language combines elements of Hofesh Schecter, Ohad Naharin, Flamenco, and Floor Work. See November 4 for more information on the Modern Lab Series. This dance master class repertory series is co-sponsored by the EXCEL Program.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This dance master class repertory series is co-sponsored by the EXCEL Program.

November 2016

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Beth Graczyk

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

“We will warm-up through physical actions that cause us to sweat, think, see, hear, and feel more rigorously as we simultaneously tune our attention into our surroundings. We will utilize the energy generated to find unusual, yet natural portals into an infinite range of possibilities within our imagination to concoct worlds, scenarios, and physical scores that illuminate the seemingly unseen. We will learn how to physically enter and exit these worlds to generate architectures of the imagination.” The culmination of the class will have dancers embody a segment of movement from Graczyk’s solo Beast, which she premiered this past April in New York.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Beth Graczyk Teaching Residency: Performance Improvisation

11/15/2016 @ 12:10 PM
11/17/206 @ 12:10 PM
Dance Building, Studio A
Free - no tickets required

Beth Graczyk is a New York-based dance artist and scientist whose research bridges the worlds of dance and science through inquiry into the creative process and its ramifications on societal issues and outcomes. She works as both a choreographer/performer and a published scientist. She writes: “Sustaining a dual-career as a dance artist and a published scientist, I attempt to live in-between systems, not adhering fully to any set of proposed rules, values or constructs and at the risk of being unseen, irrelevant, or dismissed for non-adherence. Moving between these spaces allows me to use one system to observe and understand another.” Each master class addresses dance/ theater creation and improvisation, along with discussion of performance research and ways that the creative process in the sciences merge and cross-pollinate with dance-making.

Sponsored by the Department of Dance, Center for Research, Learning and Teaching and Course Connections

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Alexander Springer and Xan Burley

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required observe

This technique master class, co-taught by SMTD alums Xan Burley and Alex Springer, explores their collaborative body of work as the Median Movement. Warm-up attends to the shifting weight of the body at rest and in motion, generating heat for endurance, strength, and stability. Class exercises work to develop alignment and intelligent corporeal engagement in preparation for complex material. Improvisation practices, wherein we regard the body as a receptive vessel, instigate authentic embodiment of both individual and collective creative identities. Class will include phrase material drawn from Burley’s and Springer’s current repertory.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

EXCEL Trainings

9/22/2016 @ 1:40 PM
11/8/2016 @ 1:40 PM
Dance Building, Faculty Lounge
Free - no tickets required to observe

How to Craft Your Best EXCEL Funding Proposal

Led by Jonathan Kuuskoski

Have a project that needs some funding support? Interested in the EXCEL micro grants but have questions on how to make your proposal stand out? EXCEL can help you! In this session we will cover basic aspects of the grant-writing process, and provide tips on how to optimize your prose and craft the best possible EXCEL funding proposal.

Offered conveniently for Dance students in the Faculty Lounge, first floor of the Dance Building.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Malcolm Tulip

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Taught by SMTD theatre faculty member Malcolm Tulip. “In this workshop we will examine some of the core exercises in the Lecoq pedagogy and look at how we can use a physical vocabulary and ‘play’ to create character, image, or situation. We will find out what it means to be ‘disponible’ (French for ‘ready for anything’). We will also look at the connection between structure and spontaneity.”

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

October 2016

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Danny L. Reid and Jillian Hooper

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Reid's master class will be rooted in recent explorations of gender through two principal avenues; first, by extracting and reconstructing movement materials from choreographic works Plasma (2015) and Vines of Duty (2009), and second, by embodying the findings of an upcoming week of movement research in the SMTD Department of Dance with lecturer of dance, Jillian Hopper.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.
Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ricki Mason “Lou Henry Hoover”

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

SMTD Dance Alumna Ricki Mason, who will receive an “Emerging Artist Award” at this year’s SMTD Alumni Awards Ceremony, leads a workshop in which dancers use their bodies to reveal tiny stories about themselves through scores and choreography from Mason’s current repertory. Mason is a choreographer and performance artist who combines a decade-long dance career with a deep love of drag to create work that comes straight from the gut, wrapped in deliciously campy candy coating, not to obscure the truth, but to hyper-color it.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Technique Class: Project Bandaloop

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Mark Stuver and Melecio Estrella, dance and aerial artists with Project Bandaloop, will be teaching in Prof. Bill DeYoung's technique class. This will be an improvisation/ technique class-- not aerial work, but you will have a chance to talk with them about their work in Project Bandaloop-- internationally recognized "pioneers in vertical dance.”

Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Matthew Rose and Lesley Garrison

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Department of Dance Alumnus Matthew Rose and Lesley Garrison will teach a masterclass which will include an excerpt from Layla and Majnun, the piece the Mark Morris Dance Group is performing here in Ann Arbor.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.
Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Liz Riga

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

SMTD Department of Dance alumna Elizabeth Riga will teach excerpts from the repertory of Keigwin & Company, one of NYC’s major dance companies.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.
Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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SMTD Community Gathering

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

In order to process and overcome the recent racist incident on campus, we are providing the opportunity for students to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Furthermore, we want to encourage students to consider ways the SMTD community can rise above such acts of hate through our personal interactions with each other and through the work we produce together. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend and to join whenever you are able.

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Dance Modern Technique Class: Zhao Jilong

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 2:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe the class

In this workshop, participants will learn some of the fundamentals of Qigong, which can help align mind and body for an enlightened approach to physical skill, grace, and power. Qigong is an ancient Chinese art form of exploring and mastering subtle movement in our bodies. In traditional Chinese dance, many of the concepts of movement and structure are adapted from Qigong. Zhao Jilong has been practicing Qigong and Kung Fu since he was five years old. His specialty is internal power, which includes things similar to the “five-point-palm-exploding-heart-technique” from Kill Bill, but also seemingly unrelated skills, such as writing calligraphy and playing the zither. Master Zhao is also the host of several popular Chinese TV documentaries about traditional Chinese martial arts, as well as the K-1 Global Kung Fu Ambassador.

The Zhao Jilong Residency is sponsored by Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Men’s Glee Club presents The Young Turks on FUSION

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom
Free - no tickets required

The weekly, hour-long live election-focused show from TYT Network and FUSION – broadcasts LIVE from Rogel Ballroom on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, marking the show’s fourth episode in a national 12-campus tour.

Hosts Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola of The Young Turks will be joined by FUSION anchor Alicia Menendez and Flint activist, Laura MacIntyre.

The episode, which will air on FUSION’s cable channel and digital properties, will focus on the presidential election.

The Young Turks on FUSION aims to discuss the most important issues facing young people this election season. From in-depth discussions on education reform and international terrorism, to man-on-the-street Q&As and game show segments, The Young Turks on FUSION is engaging college students and viewers nationwide leading up to the presidential election.

RSVP for your FREE tickets at the link below! Share with your friends!

As this is a LIVE TV show broadcast, please arrive by 7 PM to be seated by 7:30 PM.

Digital pre-show festivities begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Show begins promptly at 8 PM ET.
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South Asian Dance Concert: Kathakali

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
East Quadrangle, Residential College- Keene Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Famed South Indian Kathakali dancer Manoj Kumar from the premier tertiary conservatory of South Indian music and dance, Kerala Kalamandalam, will dance the character of Ravana from the Ramayana, in full make up and costumes. Viswanath Kaladharan, a South Indian dance critic/scholar, will introduce the concert.

Sponsored by the LSA Residential College and the Department of Dance

September 2016

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Kathakali

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

A small dance troupe from Kerala, South India, will conduct a workshop for Kathakali, one of the major forms of classical Indian dance drama. It is distinguished by its colorful make-up, elaborate costumes and face masks, and strong movements. Three masters of Kathakali--a dancer, a dance historian, and a make-up artist--will explain Kathakali’s history, cultural context and gesture language, and teach Kathakali dance technique to the students. See September 9 for more information on the Modern Lab Series. Sponsored by the LSA Residential College and the Department of Dance

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Linda Goodrich

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

SMTD musical theatre faculty and SMTD Department of Dance alumna Linda Goodrich teaches the choreography of Jerome Robbins, from West Side Story.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.
Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Anita Gonzalez

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

“Rituals”

Taught by SMTD theatre faculty member Anita Gonzalez. “In the performing arts, we use rituals of performance to discipline voice and body. We draw from western training styles, but we also draw from many other traditions. This workshop helps participants to experience song/dance/stories as a communal act. The warm up incorporates African diaspora traditions and unites students through chants and circle dances. Dancers then use movement and song to collectively shape choreographic space. Later, they explore how each student’s personal rituals can expand to become fragments of choreography. At the end of the class, dancers share their work and create a new devised piece of collaborative storytelling.”
Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.
Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Tzveta Kassabova

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

SMTD’s newest theatre faculty hire Tzveta Kassabova leads the first Modern Lab Master Class Repertory Series of the school year. Kassabova will present one of her works, The Opposite of Killing, which brings participants together, expands their knowledge of dance, encourages their creativity, and simultaneously introduces them to her aesthetic and movement style. The class will use improvisation, creative tasks, and theatrical structures so students can build and perform their own version of the piece.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.

Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

July 2016

MPulse Final Institute Performance: Dance

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:30am
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

As part of the MPulse Summer Program.

June 2016

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Ann Arbor Dance Works 31st Annual Spring Season Performances

6/9/16 @ 8:00 PM
6/10/16 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets $7 students/seniors; $10 general admission

Original dance works presented by guest artists Alessio Silvestrin (Tokyo), Sarah Konner (NYC), Austin Selden (NYC), and University of Michigan Dance faculty Missy Beck, Bill DeYoung, and Sean Hoskins. Performers include faculty, guest artists, alumni, and U-M dance and music students.

Tickets available at Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO) or 734-763-8587
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April 2016

Emerging Dance Artists Performance

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free tickets required - available at front door one hour prior to show

U-M Dance majors present projects of new choreography and works-in-progress.

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MFA Presentation: Four-mation

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free tickets required - available at the door one hour prior to show

First year MFA candidates Carlos Funn, Sadie Lehmker, Robert Daniel Holmes Maynard, and Molly Paberzs present dance works generated in the Choreography, Performance, Production & Design course.

Freshman Touring Company Performance

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

First-year dance majors work with invited guest artists throughout the Winter term to learn new dances that are then performed throughout the Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit area.

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Congolese Dance Class Showing

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:30pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Dancers in Congolese classes led by renowned African dance master teacher Biza Sompa give a presentation of dances learned this semester. These exciting and rhythmic dances are accompanied by live drumming.

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BFA Dance Concert: In A Quandary

4/14/2016 @ 8:00 PM
4/15/2016 @ 8:00 PM
4/16/2016 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets $7 available at the door one hour prior to show.

Original dance works presented by Maeve McEwen, Ayana McPherson, and Lena Oren.

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Dance Lecture Demonstration: Bosmat Nossan

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Free - no tickets required

The Influences of Gaga

Bosmat Nossan, visiting Israeli dance artist, is joined by professor and chair of the Department of Dance Jessica Fogel and U-M dancers.

As a part of the annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival, U-M dance majors and graduate students will perform new repertory created by Nossan, who has been in residence at U-M during the Winter 2016 term, teaching courses in dance repertory and Gaga technique.

Sponsored by the U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, the Israel Institute Schusterman Visiting Artist Program, U-M Center for World Performance Studies, and U-M Department of Dance.

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Intro-Level Dance Class Showing

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 5:30pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

The U-M Department of Dance offers classes in modern dance, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and improvisation to the general student body. Taught by first and second-year graduate students, the members of these classes present individual compositions and group dances during this end-of-semester showing.

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MFA Dance Concert: Cadwallader & Parmelee: Dances

4/7/2016 @ 8:00 PM
4/8/2016 @ 8:00 PM
4/9/2016 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets $7 available at the door one hour prior to show.

Second year Master of Fine Arts candidates Amy Cadwallader and Michael Parmelee present original dance works in partial fulfillment of their MFA theses.

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MFA Dance Concert: New Beginnings to the Endings We Always Wanted

4/1/2016 @ 7:30 PM
4/2/2016 @ 7:30 PM
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free tickets required

Second year MFA candidates Anthony Alterio and Charles Gushue present original dance works in partial fulfillment of their MFA theses.

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Hip Hop Dance Master Class: Teena Marie Custer

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
Dance Building, Studio A
Free - no tickets required

February 2016

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Screendance Exhibition: Pop-Up Projection Pavilion

2/24/2016 - 2/26/2016 @ 12:00PM - 6:00 PM
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required

To See is to Believe: The Body Made Visible

Peter Sparling, Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor of Dance, shares recent video works for multiple screens on the Pop-Up Projection Pavilion. Dance, video, and art installation merge in a demonstration of kinetic counterpoint and enhanced depth perception.

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Distinguished University Professorship Lecture: Peter Sparling, dance

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 4:00pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required

To See is to Believe: The Body Made Visible

Spanning a 45-year history of performing his craft within the frames of proscenium, camera, screen and canvas, Sparling shares a life of making the body visible on multiple screens.

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Guest Chinese Dance Workshops: Jin Ni, Jilin University of the Arts

1/24/2016 @ 3:00 PM
1/31/2016 @ 3:00 PM
2/7/2016 @ 3:00 PM
2/21/2016 @ 3:00 PM
North Quad, Space 2435
Free - no tickets required

Workshops will be jointly taught by visiting scholar Jin Ni and her husband Yao Lei, Lecturer in the Folk Dance Teaching and Research Section of the Department of Dance at Northeast Normal University.

The workshops will each include one hour of Chinese-style Korean folk dance (taught by Jin Ni) and one hour of Chinese-style Mongol folk dance and Donebei Yangge (taught by Yao Lei). Both female and male styles will be taught, and there is no experience required.

This is a series of 4 different dance workshops. The preregistration is open for students only at this time. Please send your registration request directly to jiyoungl@umich.edu

Co-sponsored by the U-M Confucius Institute.

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BFA Design & Production Portfolio Exhibit

2/1/2016 - 2/5/2016 @ 12:15 PM
2/7/2016 - 2/12/2016 @ 12:15 PM
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required

An exhibit of BFA (theatre) design & production students’ work showing both class work and designs from realized productions. Scenic models, costume renderings, costumes, lighting plots, prop designs, and production photos from SMTD productions including dramas, musicals, opera, and dance. This exhibit runs Sunday through Friday.

U-M Dance Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:30am
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets $8 (includes concert, classes, and lunch)

This event is for High School Dance students

Schedule:
9:30-10:30 am- Arrival, Backstage Tour

11:00 am- 12:15 pm- Dance Master Class with Bosmat Nossan or Robin Wilson

12:30 -1:30 pm Pizza Lunch and Admissions Talk

2:00 pm- Attend performance of Momentum

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Momentum

Feb. 4 at 7:30 PM
Feb. 5 & 6 at 8 PM
Feb. 7 at 2 PM
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Reserved seating $28/$22/$12 with student ID

Choreography by guest artist Camille A. Brown, and faculty Amy Chavasse, Peter Sparling, & Bill DeYoung
Dept. of Dance

Momentum combines four new dance works revealing four distinct visions of motion.
More info

December 2015

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Improvisational Dance Performance

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 5:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Composing in the Moment, Dancing on the Fly

Students in Amy Chavasse's Performance Improv class will create dance compositions in the moment of performance, crafting the works and materials as they emerge. Using a heightened ensemble awareness developed through the term, come and witness the dancers as they co-contribute in improvisational dance-making.

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BFA Dance Concert: Sonder

Dec. 10 - Dec. 12 @ 8PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets $7 available at the door

Choreographers Meri Bobber, Kula Batahgan, Riley O’Donnell, and Irene Vandenberghe present their BFA concert. Their works explore the relationships between people, cultures, identities, and time.

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Gamelan Performance- Javanese Dance

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Santosa Soewarlan, guest director.

A distinguished musician from Java, Indonesia, Santosa Soewarlan, will be leading the U-M Gamelan Ensemble and student dancers in a performance of Javanese traditional music and dance. The elegant and refined dance movements depicting ancient epic stories will be accompanied by the traditional musical sounds of a full gamelan ensemble. Often lauded as the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement in Indonesia, Javanese dance is one of the world’s great classical dance forms. Gamelan music has been indispensible to the important Javanese rituals and cultural forms throughout Javanese history. The glittering cast bronze instruments of the gamelan ensemble match every detail of the dancing with elaborate musical responses embedding ritualistic power.

This performance is sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Residential College, and SMTD.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Peter Kalivas, The PGK Dance Project

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Horton Inspired Contemporary

Beginning with standing exercises to engage and develop the body center, students will then practice clearly defined, efficient movement and approaches. Strongly influenced by classic concepts found in Horton, Graham, Ballet, and Taylor, the class expands to include challenging extended phrases, then moves across the floor with jumps and stretches, and finally choreography encompassing all of the above, which will be a section from a new solo work Kalivas recently created for one of his dancers titled Ode.


Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Dance & Related Arts Annual Show

12/4/15 & 12/5/15 @8PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets $7 available at the door

The Annual Dance and Related Arts Concert showcases the projects of semester-long collaborations between students from SMTD.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Rob Najarian

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Making Contact

Whether it's physical, emotional, or psychological, meaningful contact between performers transforms movement from an athletic exercise to something that reveals story and character. The work for this week's lab will be the exploration of how to intensify this contact through multiple means primarily through movement games. These games will bring into contrast the relationship between competition and cooperation, how focus can affect relationship, and the meaning of real strength.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

November 2015

Dance Master Class Repertory Series: MFA Dance Students

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Second year MFA students Anthony Alterio, Amy Cadwallader, Charles Gushue, and Michael Parmelee will be teaching excerpts/movement sketches from their choreographic works that are in development for their MFA thesis concerts to be held in March and April 2016.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Dance Master Class: Alan Good

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
Dance Building, Studio D
Free - no tickets required

Alan Good performed with Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 16 years (1978-1994). He also presented his own work as artistic director of Alan Good Dance from 2006-09.

Good set works at U-M on the University Dance Company at Power Center and for Ann Arbor Dance Works.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Edwin Olvera

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Edwin Olvera has danced for over a decade as the dance captain of the world renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre/Pilobolus Creative Services. He is also the founder of a small business in which he offers dance and creative services to both public and private schools, as well as corporate clients. Olvera will take students through a mock audition, emulating the Pilobolus experience. He will also inform and educate students on the basics of partnering through duet partnering phrases based on his original choreography. Session concludes with the results of the mock audition.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Wild Music From the Heart of Poland Series: Concert

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:00pm
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.), Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Anyone who has ever been to a village wedding in Poland will remember the intensity of the music, singing and dancing. Swinging songs, melodies and rhythms, simple but sophisticated in its polyrhythms, become visible and clear through the steps and movements of the dancers. This "wild music" carries both the experience of something really ancient yet authentically rooted in the here and now. We would like to share the music we learned from our Village Masters that we love with all our hearts: mazureks, obereks, kujawiaks, wiwats and polonaises - played, sung and danced.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Come early and find a seat!

Wild Music from the Heart of Poland is part of Campus Project, organized by culture-pl. Additional co-sponsors include CPPS and the Department of Dance.

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Wild Music From the Heart of Poland Series: Piano Recital

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Museum of Art, Stern Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Secret Key to Chopin- Lost and Found

Featuring SMTD Professor Arthur Greene, piano.

Are there universal “grammatical” rules that connect Frederic Chopin’s mazurkas to Polish traditional music? This concert is a search for practical answers to these questions. We will return to the source of “rubato style” by creating dialogues between instruments and dancers' steps - and by singing songs that inspired the great Polish composer himself. Perhaps the lost key to Chopin’s music could be found in traditional dances, passed through generations to us, the people of the twenty-first century.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Come early and find a seat!

Wild Music from the Heart of Poland is part of Campus Project, organized by culture-pl. Additional co-sponsors include CPPS and the Department of Dance.

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Wild Music From the Heart of Poland: Dance Workshop

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 1:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

This dance workshop class with Robin Wilson is part of a week-long residency with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania. The Janusz Prusinowski Kompania is comprised of musicians and dancers who specialize in Mazurka music and Polish folk dance.

Wild Music from the Heart of Poland is part of Campus Project, organized by culture-pl. Additional co-sponsors include CPPS and the Department of Dance.

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Wild Music From the Heart of Poland Series: Workshop

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:00pm
Michigan League, Ballroom
Free - no tickets required

Instrumental and Vocal Workshop

Using the fiddle, wind instruments (wood and brass), percussion instruments, the Polish cello, accordion and singing, we will practice playing and singing simple (and sophisticated) mazurka phrases and rhythmical patterns. First we will play as instrumental groups. After learning the basics of improvisation, a crucial part of mazurka music, we will play as a band.

Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1d743gJGUR1f8JAfz20U7i-p6Y1PK497jpsxX8niGRhk/viewform?c=0&w=1

Wild Music from the Heart of Poland is part of Campus Project, organized by culture-pl. Additional co-sponsors include CPPS and the Department of Dance.

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Wild Music from the Heart of Poland Series: Lecture

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 5:30pm
Museum of Art, Stern Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Mazurek: Musical Language from Another World

People living in Central Poland have created songs and dances that express their lives and values. The poetry of the Polish tongue influences and shapes melodies - which are interpreted and improvised by instruments. Dancers turn instrumental melodies into movements, which again changes the music. In this lecture, we will observe the process of creating mazurek as a musical language from archived recordings through the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania’s interpretation - to experiments with the public. Perhaps we’ll come to Chopin’s version from this musical grammar!

Wild Music from the Heart of Poland is part of Campus Project, organized by culture-pl. Additional co-sponsors include CPPS and the Department of Dance.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ron De Jesús

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Ron De Jesús, founder and director of Ron De Jesús Dance, joined the SMTD Department of Musical Theatre as assistant professor in 2012. De Jesús is the artistic ambassador of Northeastern Illinois University and artistic associate for StagePlays Theater Company in New York. He has received many awards including the New York Musical Theater Festival Award for Excellence for Best Choreography and the Chicago Music & Dance Alliance Award for Best Choreographer.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

October 2015

Early Music Workshop

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:30am
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Intro to Baroque Dance and Dance Music

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Mayte Natalio, Camille A. Brown

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Mayte Natalio attended the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as well as Ballet Hispanico and Dance Theater of Harlem. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance. Natalio has toured internationally with the Parsons Dance Company, was a member Ogunquit Playhouse’s Production of Elton John’s Aida, performed with Roger C. Jeffrey’s Subtle Changes Inc., Nathan Trice’s Rituals, and Kyle Abraham/A.I.M. She toured with the French pop star, Mylene Farmer and has performed with Kanye West. Natalio has danced the works of choreographers Jose Limon, Kevin Wynn, Megan Williams, Michael Blake, Margie Gillis, and Shawn Hounsell. She first worked with Camille A. Brown around 2004 and has been a member of CAB&D since 2010.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Early Music Workshop: Julie Andrijeski, violinist and dancer

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 1:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Room 2026
Free - no tickets required

Intro to Baroque String Playing

Featuring Julie Andrijeski, Case Western Reserve University, Quicksilver, and Les Delices.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Trina Mannino, U-M Dance Alumna

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Upon graduation from U-M Trina Mannino relocated to New York, and has performed with Anabella Lenzu’s Dance/Drama, Dance Elixir, and Laura Peterson Choreography. She presently studies under and dances for Barbara Mahler and is a member of the multi-generational performing arts collective ArtBark International.

Most recently, the collective completed a month-long residency in Slovenia, culminating with performances at the country’s premiere opera house, The Cankarjev Dom. Her performance in ArtBark’s Alma.Alone was described as “subtle, intellectual, and sophisticated” in the Slovenian publication Parada Plesa.

In addition to performing, Mannino works as a freelance dance writer. Her writing first appeared in The Michigan Daily and she has since contributed to The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Europe Magazine, Hour Detroit Magazine, and The Dance Enthusiast.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Jennifer Harge, Harge Dance Stories

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Alumna Jennifer Harge (BFA ‘02) is the artistic director of Detroit-based Harge Dance Stories. This fall she will share excerpts of her company’s premiere work the line between heaven and here with the Department of Dance. The piece traverses the historic and cultural implications of loss within the African American experience, paying close attention to how black bodies live when they experience death and dying so frequently and often violently. The movement was developed using a question by dance scholar Susan Foster in her essay Choreographies of Protest. In regards to the black bodies in question, Foster asks: “How have these bodies been trained, and how has that training mastered, cultivated, or facilitated their impulses?” the line between heaven and here works to answer these questions using contemporary modern dance, text, and song.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

Ann Arbor Dance Works Encore Performance

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

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Guest Recital: Svetozar Ivanov, piano and Bliss Kohlmyer, dance

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

Romance Sentimentale

Ivanov and Kohlmyer present a multimedia recital inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930 film Romance Sentimentale and Dimitri Kirsanoff’s 1929 film Brumes D’Autumne. Featuring music by Berio, Scriabin, Schoenberg, Ustvolskaya, and Crumb.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Rodney Brown, Ohio State University

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

Dancing is part of the African and American way of life and has become a prime means of artistic expression, with dance companies expanding and exploring new territories. In the USA, U-M Dance (MFA ’07) and Pedagogy of Action (POA) Alumnus Rodney A. Brown engages choreography as a means to address the global health problem of HIV/ AIDS. This master-class will demonstrate how Brown has used Modern (or Contemporary) dance to share the POA oral HIV prevention method. We know information can be shared through movement and words, so we seek to understand if it can through dance.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

Queer Ecologies: Dance as Interdisciplinary Research Method

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 3:00pm
TBD
Free - no tickets required

A Public Sharing

Directed by Jennifer Monson in collaboration with students from the Departments of Dance and Women’s Studies.

Sponsored by the Vice Provost’s Office for Global and Engaged Education

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Leyya Tawil

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

SMTD alumna Leyya Tawil (BDA ’97, dance) will do a laboratory is based on her dance score "Day of the Innocents". Students will be led through a series of movement and conceptual experiments dealing with time repetition, and curiosity. The practice will begin with experiential anatomy and techniques addressing the nervous system. Tawil will then teach material from "Day of the innocents" as a way of investigating how and why to approach movement in the context of a research-based performance. "Day of the Innocents" was recently workshopped in Berlin at DOCK11 and continues its development in Suomenlinna-Finland with Jason Lescalleet and Heidi Alasuvanto.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Guest Dance Artist Talk: Jennifer Monson and Elliot Maltby

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 2:30pm
Lane Hall, Room 2239
Free - no tickets required

Collaboration

Choreographer and dancer Jennifer Monson, artistic director and founder of interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance (iLAND) in conversation with designer Elliott Maltby of threadcollective.

In this discussion Maltby and Monson will share the research processes developed and activated in NYC urban ecologies in the past 10 years of iLAB residencies as well as pose questions about the intersections of choreographic practice and landscape design as they relate to urban development.

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

September 2015

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Guest Dance Performance: Jennifer Monson with Elliott Maltby

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 6:30pm
Dance Building, Studio A
Free - no tickets required

Jennifer Monson will perform excerpts of Live Dancing Archive, an ongoing project that proposes that the dancing body has the possibility of archiving and revisiting multiple scales of ecological experience. Monson looks at how experiences of environment and ecological dependencies are registered through improvisational movement scores. Live Dancing Archive negotiates and explores what a queer ecology might offer for dancing bodies and rapidly shifting conceptions of place. The choreography draws upon more than a decade of Monson’s own dance-based environmental research, particularly her 2002 piece BIRD BRAIN Osprey Migration.

The Living Room Series engagement includes a 20-minute performance followed by a conversation with landscape architect and collaborator Elliott Maltby, moderated by SMTD Prof. Clare Croft.

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Gu Jiani Chinese Contemporary Dance Residency Performance

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 7:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free - no tickets required

This dance performance will include a Q&A session with the dancers after the program.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Gu Jiani

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

The Gu Jiani Chinese Contemporary Residency is presented by the U-M Confucius Institute.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

Dance Lecture & Performance

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
Michigan League, Vandenberg Room
Free - no tickets required

Join Prof. of Dance Amy Chavasse for a lecture and student performance centered around Chinese dance.

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Gu Jiani Chinese Contemporary Dance Residency: Artist Reception & Talk

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
Michigan League, Hussey Room
Free - no tickets required

An Introduction to Gu Jiani’s Right & Left

Emily Wilcox, U-M will speak.

Gender and female sexuality in Chinese contemporary dance is often constructed in a way that reinforces patriarchal and heterosexual social norms. Through a comparison with Wang Mei’s 2002 Thunder and Rain, this talk will discuss ways in which Gu Jiani’s work Right & Left disrupts such norms and offers a new approach to the representation of women’s bodies through dance.

The talk will last approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by 20 minute Q&A.

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Scholarship Showcase - SOLD OUT

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required

Beneficiaries of the generous support of SMTD scholarship donors, students representing the best of SMTD perform a wide range of selections in music, theatre, and dance in an “intimate Collage.”

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Amy Chavasse

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Amy Chavasse will teach a section of a solo entitled: Conspiracy Going, (Amy needs a lot of empathy) that she toured with SOLA in 2014-15.

Sola is an evening of solo dances choreographed for and by women. Curated by University of South Florida assistant professor Andee Scott and sponsored by the USF School of Theatre and Dance, the performance showcases the work of choreographers from around the country, including Amy Chavasse (MI), Tzveta Kassabova (VT), Pam Pietro (NY), Mary Williford-Shade (TX), and Bliss Kohlmyer and Andee Scott (FL).

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects

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Renovated E.V. Moore Building Opening Celebration

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building
Free - no tickets required

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance celebrates the opening of the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Pavilion and the newly renovated Earl V. Moore Building with a musical open house. Students and faculty will perform, rehearse, and deliver mini-lectures throughout the building, showcasing the new performance, learning, and rehearsal spaces.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Robin Wilson and Anita Gonzalez

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

SMTD faculty members Robin Wilson and Anita Gonzalez, both members of Urban Bush Women dance group of NYC, will teach sections of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s choreography.

Founded in 1984, UBW seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. They do this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a masterclass and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

June 2015

Ann Arbor Dance Works: A Feast of Dances

June 18 & 19, 2015 7:30 PM
Museum of Art
Limited Seating. Free tickets required (mutotix.com or 734.763.8587).

30th Anniversary Season

Savor exciting new dance works and revivals by U-M Dance Works founding and resident choreographers, including an excerpt from the exuberant “Dancin’ Fats” to the music of Fats Waller, choreographed by Gay Delanghe (1940-2006) and performed on the company’s inaugural concert in 1985.

Travel through the Museum spaces to view a rich array of dance delicacies. The event will conclude with a dessert reception--with real cake--to celebrate this festive occasion.

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April 2015

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BFA Dance Concert

Thursday, April 9 - Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Dance Studio
Tickets $7 available at the door one hour prior to the show.

________: this is what the show is

Original dance works presented by Sumi Matsumoto, Hillary Kooistra, Ambika Raina, and Hannah Schon.

Sola: Dances by and for Women- RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 9 & 10

April 16 & April 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video and Performance Studio
Free - no tickets required

Sola brings together six women choreographer/performers from across the U.S. to perform original works in five cities in 2014-15. As a creative enterprise launched by and for women dance artists, it confronts the limitations that exist for professional women working in the field of contemporary dance and academia. Andee Scott, an assistant professor of dance at the University of South Florida, spearheaded the first phase of the project as a mechanism to highlight the biases that exist against women choreographers. Sola is a mechanism that promotes ways to be disobedient to the dominant narrative through lively, vibrant, complicated, and luscious performance.

March 2015

MFA Dance Concert

Thursday, March 26 - Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Betty Pease Dance Studio
Tickets $7 available at the door one hour prior to the show.

Wishes, Lies, and Dreams

The Department of Dance presents a double bill concert by Patty L. Solórzano and Eryn Rosenthal.

In Footprints (There are Sweeter Reasons), Solórzano uses text, movement, and video to explore the relationship and impact of human behavior to the natural environment and the pressing need for behavior change in order to address the current environmental crisis. Featuring music by Chris Sies and costumes by Katherine Nelson. Figure/Ground, choreographed and directed by Rosenthal in collaboration with U-M alumna Jennifer Harge (BFA’08) and Bubu Mazibuko (SABC: Gaz’lam, Yizo Yizo), is a response to her research with anti-Apartheid activists in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The work melds movement, text, and freedom songs with music by South African composer and vocalist Gabisile Motuba and her jazz quartet The Trip.

February 2015

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Guest Dance Performance: Hou Ying and Peng Zhang

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Residential College, Keene Theater
Free - no tickets required

Hou Ying is a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts, choreographer, and artistic director of HouYingDance based in Beijing.

Zhang Peng, is the professor of dance at the Shanghai University of Sport, choreographer, and vocalist focusing on traditional folk music of the Tujia ethnic group from southwestern Hunan Province, China.

This performance is part of the Chinese Dance and Music Residency

SMTD@UMMA: Dance on Camera

Feb. 21 & 22, 2015 6:00pm
Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association’s 43rd Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance combined with the intimacy of film. DFA’s Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world and sparked a global explosion of activity.

“The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic,” John Rockwell, New York Times.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

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Dance Masterclass: Hou Ying and Zhang Peng

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:00am
Dance Building, Studio A
Free - no tickets required

Hou Ying is a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts, choreographer, and artistic director of HouYingDance based in Beijing.

Zhang Peng, is the professor of dance at the Shanghai University of Sport, choreographer, and vocalist focusing on traditional folk music of the Tujia ethnic group from southwestern Hunan Province, China.

This performance is part of the Chinese Dance and Music Residency

Following the masterclass there is an audition opportunity for the Hou Ying Dance Theater in the Betty Pease Studio Theatre.

Confetti Sunsrise

Feb. 18 & 19, 2015 7:30pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required

A performance in the “Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance” performance series curated by assistant professor Clare Croft.

The performance will feature works by Peter Carpenter, Nic Gareiss, Ricki Mason, Postnatyam Dance Ensemble, and Anna Martine Whitehead, and will span dance genres from kathak to burlesque, contemporary modern dance to Irish stepdancing.

Currents & Crossings

Feb. 5, 2015 at 7:30PM
Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 at 8 PM
Feb. 8, 2015 at 2PM
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Reserved seating $28/$22/$10 with student ID

Dept. of Dance

Choreography by guest Richard Alston and faculty Jessica Fogel, Sandra Torijano, and Robin Wilson

A spectacular evening of modern dance
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Transatlantic Connections: Restaging Richard Alston’s Choreography

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 6:45pm
Power Center for the Performing Arts, Reception Room
Free - no tickets required

Dance Panel Discussion

Dept. of Dance.

A panel discussion and talk regarding the dance Brisk Singing by acclaimed choreographer Richard Alston, which is featured in the dance concert Currents & Crossings. Panelists include Christian Matjias, Angela Kane, Jillian Hopper, and dancers. The program will also include a Q&A session with Mr. Alston lead by Angela Kane.

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BFA Portfolio Exhibit

Feb. 1-6, 2015 12:00-6:00pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required

An exhibit of BFA Design & Production students’ work showing both class work and designs from realized productions. Exhibit includes scenic models, costume renderings, costumes, lighting plots, prop designs, and production photos from SMTD productions including dramas, musicals, opera, and dance.

December 2014

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Colin Raybin

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class

U-M Alumnus Colin (Mysliwiec) Raybin is from Niles, MI and started dancing with Joanne and Debbie Pullen and then Southold Dance Theater with Bonnie Baxter, Joanne Barkes, Jill Tulchinsky and Mary Olen. Raybin studied on scholarship at Cunningham, Limon, and Boston Ballet, and received her BFA in Dance with Highest honors from U-M, where she was a James B. Angell Scholar, a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, a Michigan Scholar for performance on the ACT, and a recipient of several merit scholarships. She was also a National Merit Finalist and a Tandy Scholar.

November 2014

Dance Concert: From the Deepest Chest

November 20-22, 2014 8:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door 1 hour prior to the show.

BFA senior dance concert. The show features works from Emma Fath, Jimi Nguyen, Catherine Raupp, Deanna Tomasetta and Honora Wood.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn Rosenthal

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Eryn Rosenthal’s multidisciplinary performance work with The Doors Project recently headlined Festival Lilliput in Barcelona. Her work has also been presented internationally at La Tabacalera, La Casa Encendida and La Cuarta Pared (Madrid) and the ITACA Festival (Padua, Italy); in New York, at venues including Danspace Project, HERE Arts Center, The World Financial Center, Crosby Street Gallery, The Flea, University Settlement, and The Tank. In Madrid, Eryn has worked with choreographers Sol Picó and María Cruz Planchuelo, and with theater company Blenamiboá; in New York with Jennifer Monson, Nicole A. Watson, The Catskill Collaborative, and Luka Kito, among others. Eryn graduated with honors from Yale University, and is an active member of Contact Improvisation circles in New York and Massachusetts. She has studied dance, composition, and improvisation in the U.S., U.K., Spain, and South Africa with Elena Córdoba, Reggie Wilson, Miguel Gutierrez, Nancy Stark Smith, Bill T. Jones, Ray Chung, Kirstie Simson, Afrika Navarro, Chris Aiken and Angie Houser, among others; she has also studied theater in Paris, Madrid, and the US, winning multiple awards for her work in performance.

While a Fulbright fellow in Spain, Eryn studied playwriting with Premio Max winner Marco Antonio de la Parra as well as wrote, interviewed, and served on the editorial board for OPHELIA, a Spanish-language magazine of theater and other arts. Eryn has won a Mellon Grant for her work with Holocaust testimony, a Richter fellowship for work with performer/ playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and the Yale Dramat’s Best New Playwright Award. As the recipient of a Rice Foreign Residence Fellowship and the Open Society Institute President’s Grant to South Africa, she conducted interviews on metaphor, identity, and freedom throughout post-apartheid South Africa. She is currently bringing these interviews together into an evening-length dance theater work and a book. She also collaborates with photographers, artists, activists, and performers on The Doors Project, an ongoing series of site-specific performances in doorways and thresholds around the world. Upcoming performances in Nyanga, District Six, and Cape Town, South Africa; Madrid, Spain; and New York City, USA.

Class for students runs from 12:10-2 PM. Public welcome to observe the class.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a master class and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Francesca Romo

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Francesca Romo (Associate Director, Dancer, Gallim Dance) was born in London, England. Francesca trained at the Royal Ballet School and the London Contemporary Dance School. After a one-year apprenticeship with Richard Alston Dance Company she formally joined the Company from 2003–2006. Francesca is certified in Gyrotonics and teaches in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Francesca co-founded Gallim Dance in 2007.

Class for students runs from 12:10-2 PM. Public welcome to observe the class.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a master class and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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RIA Colloquium: Richard Alston

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 1:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

A colloquium panel of University of Roehamton (London) professor Stephanie Jordan, U-M professor Beth Genne, and guest dancer Francesca Romo from Richard Alston Dance Company.

1:10-2:40 PM

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ron De Jesus

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Ron De Jesús, who is the founder and director of Ron De Jesús Dance, joined the Department of Musical Theatre as assistant professor in 2012. De Jesús is the artistic ambassador of Northeastern Illinois University and artistic associate for StagePlays Theater Company in New York. He has received many awards including the New York Musical Theater Festival Award for Excellence for Best Choreography and the Chicago Music & Dance Alliance Award for Best Choreographer. A Chicago native, he has danced with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Joseph Holmes Dance Theater, Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where he was a leading dancer for 17 seasons. He was in the original cast of the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical Movin’Out, was part of the creative team of Tharp’s Come Fly Away and is a repetiteur for Twyla Tharp Productions. De Jesús has created works for film, theatre, television commercials, festivals, special events and dance companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, HS2, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Sacramento Ballet, Momenta, and Thodos Dance Chicago, among many more. De Jesús has served as a guest teacher and choreographer at numerous major universities including Harvard, the State University of New York at Purchase, Point Park, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Pepperdine University.

Class for students runs from 12:10-2 PM. Public welcome to observe the class.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a master class and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

October 2014

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Rodney Brown

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

2014 Emerging Artist Award-Winner, U-M dance alumnus, and assistant professor Rodney A. Brown is a choreographer and founder/director of The Brown Dance Project (The BDP) Brown connects art, performance and education by involving choreographic practice and advocacy. He has done national and international work as an HIV/AIDS educator— an activism that fuels his concern for using art and dance to enrich the community. On World AIDS Day (2011), The BDP premiered the sound of a feeling, a YouTube dance for the camera commemorating the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States.

As an independent dance-maker, Brown’s choreographies have been performed in South Africa, Europe, and nationally by concert dance companies, university/college and community programs. His work has garnered commendation from the Ohio Dance Council, American College Dance Festival, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. Brown is a native Daytonian and former member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). His most recent ballet The Gatherer / weething (2012), continues a 15 year affiliation with DCDC.

Brown has taught at University of Michigan, Spelman College, Kentucky Governors’ School for the Arts, and most recently as Artistic Director of Dance at Santa Fe College. He received his MFA in Dance from U-M and BA in Performing Arts from Oakland University. Currently Brown teaches coursework in Contemporary Dance Technique, Repertory/Performance, and Dance Composition.

Class for students runs from 12:10-2 PM. Public welcome to observe the class.

Each session features a different guest artist who teaches a master class and sections from their repertory—this panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the student’s awareness of what career possibilities are out there. The guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class.

In the final 15-20 minutes faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q and A interviewing each guest artist about their career and what recommendations they have about the transition from student to professional and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

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Dance on Screen Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
North Campus Research Complex, Studio 520
Free - no tickets required

Kinetic Counterpoint at the PUPP (Pop-Up Projection Pavilion)

Join Peter Sparling, NCRC Artist-in-Residence and Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished Professor of Dance, for showings of new, multi-layered video works made specifically for his 3-screen projection system, featuring the PUPP designed by Robert Adams, U-M professor of Architecture and co-director of Adams + Gilpin Design Studio.

Open Studio 12-7:00 PM

Thursday Soirée/Panel Conversation with colleagues from related disciplines: 5:30-7PM

Depth Charges: Living in 3D (Depth Perception)

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Peter Smith

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Glen Behring

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