The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 13, 1977-Pages5
Mirage envisions new
forms of art expression
By PAULA HUN4TER
After several years of independent
collaboration, five Ann Arbor women
have merged into a new and exciting
performing and teaching dance troupe
appropriately named Mirage.
Mirage's vision is to steer performan-
ces - they prefer to call them "events"
-, away from the traditional theatre,
fare of entertairment or audience pas-
sivity. Instead, the idea is to promote
personal interactions which would
make simple ritualistic experiences,
common to most, meaningful.
WHILE COLLABORATION is basic
to the group's philosophy, members of
Mirage originally had difficulty joining
forces. "Each of us found it necessary
to work odd jobs throughout the area
and our own creative work suffered ac-
cordingly," said Linda Van Velsor, a
member of the troupe. "We did manage
two major concerts, however, 'Lunar
Leap' and 'A Pageant of Human Fol-
Now, in addition to their "events,"
Mirage will be working extensively in
public schools - and with the elderly,
an often neglected segment of society.
They use creative movement for inte-
grating the arts and for reinforcing
Children are encouraged to use move-
ment, voice, painting, drawing and oth-
er art forms to express feelings and
ideas as a means for better under-
standing their regular curriculum.
THROUGH FULL-DAY residencies,
Mirage hopes to provide resources, the-
ory and practicum to enable teachers to
continue the dramatic education activi-
ties throughout the school year.
According to Mirage member Mari-
anne Balin, the troupe will dance into
community retirement homes to devel-
. l in
op programs in movement therapy. She
says most of the work done with the el-
derly simply has been recreation or ex-
The women are trained in dance,
theatre, music and mime. The group
hopes to draw out the creative potential
and expression lying dormant in all in-
dividuals, according to member Sara
MOVEMENT IS STRESSED as a
personal means of creative inquiry, but
they say the ultimate goal is accep-
tance and expansion ,of the whole per:
"Basic to our philosophy is the need
not only to work creatively as a unit but
to act as a public service organization,"
Next Monday, Mirage members will
be offering these classes at area stu-
dios: "Poetry and Movement," "Envi-
ronmental Movement," "Body Aware-
ness for Women of Academia," and a
host of others.
"INTERCHANGE," an advanced
workshop for practicing artists, further
encourages collaboration in art forms.
The universality of dance and other
artistic expressions is stressed by Shel-
ley. "One doesn't need to be a dancer to
move or a musician to make sound,"
Mirage will present weekly perform-
ances each Sunday evening; informa-
tion regarding location will be available
ata later date.
AS A CREATIVE performing col-
lective which works as a public service
organization, Mirage is a new addition
to the cultural community in Ann Ar-
bor. It expands the opportunities for the
citizen who wants the creative experi-
ence but had been excluded from the
cultural scene due to a lack of training.
"Training and technique are not our
primary concerns, our approach is hu-
manistic. There is no right or wrong but
only encouragement of personal growth
through creative experience," main-
tains Van Velsor.
It cannot be denied however, that
each member of Mirage has the train-
ing and experience in various art forms
which makes their collaboration ex-
THEY WILL NOT use their.training
as a way of separating themselves from
their audience but as a means of guid-
ing participants and encouraging per-
The emergence of Mirage in Ann Ar-
bor is exciting and a welcome change
from the traditional theatre/dance
events that characterize the perform-
ing arts here.
One elementary student summed up
his feelings after working with Mirage,
"If you didn't move you wouldn't get
any place and you wouldn't live! You
couldn't even get dressed!"
Daily Photo by CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER
SARAH SHELLEY AND Mariannee Balin, both members of the dance troupe, Mirage, practice counterbalance in an in-
novative exercise in collaborative dance.
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Emmy award winners at a glance
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Here is a list
of the major winners at Sunday night's
29th annual Television Academy Awar-
, - Best Supporting Actor in a Conedy
Series: Gary Burghoff, "M*A*S*H."
- BEST SUPPORTING Actress in a
Comedy Series: Mary Kay Place,,
"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."
- Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Series: Gary Frank, "Family."
- Best Supporting Actress in a Dra-
ma Series: Kristy McNichol, "Fami-
- Lead Actor in a Single Perform-
ance in a Series: Louis Gossett Jr.,
- LEAD ACTRESS in a Single Per-
formance in a Series: Beulah Bondi,
- Best Supporting Actor in a Variety
Series: Tim Conway, "Carol Burnett
- Best Actress in a Single Perform-
ance in a Variety Show: Rita Moreno,
"The Muppet Show."
- BEST SUPPORTING Actor in a
Comedy or Drama Special: Burgess
Meredith, "Tail Gunner Joe." ,
- Best Supporting Actress in a Come-
dy or Drama Special: Diana Hyland
- Best Actress in a Single Perfor-m-
ance in a Series: Olivia Cole, "Roots.''"
- Individual Award: "Tonight
- BEST LEAD ACTOR in a Comedy
Series: Carroll O'Connor, "All In The
- Best Lead Actress in a Comedy
Series: Beatrice Arthur, "Maude."'
- Best Comedy Series: "Mary Tyler
- Best Variety Special: "The Barry
- BEST DIRECTOR of a Variety Se-
ries: Dave Powers, "Carol Burnett
- Best Variety Series: "Van Dyke
- Best Lead Actor in a Limited Se-
ries: Christopher Plummber, "The
- BEST LEAD Actress in a Limited
Series: Patty Duke Astin, "Captains
and the Kings."
-Best Limited Series: "Roots."
- Best Lead Actor in a Drama Se-
ries: James Garner, the '.Rockford
- BEST LEAD Actress in a Drama
Series: Lindsay Wagner, "The Bionic
- Best Drama Series: "Upstairs,
- Best Drama or Comedy Special:
"Eleanor and Franklin, The White
House Years" and "Sybil" (tie).
NEWS FROM THE
MAJOR EVENTS OFFICE
Welcome bagk from the staff of the U-M
Office of Major Events, the folks who
produce the rock and pop concerts on
campus. FLASH is our weekly column
(appearing every Tuesday) in the Daily that
will let you in on the inside scoop from the
music industry as well as up to date info on
We are very proud to announce that we
have been able to grab for his only Mich-
igan concert appearance, STEVE MILLER,
with special guest star, the NORTON BUF-
FALO STAMPEDE, on Friday, October 14, at
8:00 p.m. in Crisler Arena.
Steve Miller is not a particularly flam-
boyant showman, and does not have the
kind of looks that make young girls faint,
but his brand of rock & roll has blown the
roof off of box office records everywhere.
His FLY LIKE AN EAGLE album has sold
millions, followed by the blockbuster BOOK
6F DREAMS. Combining a decade of hits
such as "The Joker" with songs lice "Rockin'
Me" and his latest singles "Jet Airliner"
and "Jungle Love," the Steve Miller show
promises to be a classic evening of rock.
Tickets go on sale this Sunday, Septem-
ber 18, 12:00 Noon at Crisler Arena.
There will be a limit on main floor only:
6 seats per person. "Sorry, no personal
checks. Watch our ads for further details.
Beginning Monday, September 19, any re-
maining tickets will be available at 'the
Michigan Union Box Office.
Summertime tidbits . . . after a five-
year absence from the touring scene, Carly
Simon played the Other End (N.Y.) for three
nights. And who sat in? None other than
James Taylor. . . To publicize Pink Floyd's
"The Boy in the Plastic Buffle. DANCESPACE
-Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy DA C A t
Special: Ed Flanders, "Harry S Tru-
man: Plain Speaking."
- BEST ACTRESS in a Drama or LINDA PECK
Comedy Special: Sally Field, "Sybil."
- Best Actor in a Single Perform- Begins Sept. 12
ante in a Series: Edward Asner, for info call 995-4242
Tuesday, September 13
(Mike Nichols, 1971) 9 only-AUD. A
This compelling, fascinating film examines two friends from their college
days in the 40's and to their adult lives in the 70's. In the sensitive and 1c
blackly humorous screenplay by Jules Feiffer" Sandy (ART GARFUNKEL) and
Jonathan (JACK NICHOLSON) undergo a sad odyssey from sex-hungry 9'
adolescents to sexually bewildered adults. Both Feiffer and Nichols are al- j
most painfully funny about the bleak lies people tell themselves and one
another about love. With Ann Margaret. I've experienced only three or four
movies that I genuinely was sorry to see end: I was sorry to see CARNAL #
KNOWLEDGE end."-Vincent Canby.
- THE GRADUATE
(Mike Nichols, 1967) 11 only-AUD. A
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