Page 61- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 10, 1986
Dance with a difference
By Jose-Arturo Martinez
By reading the title of this dance
concert your first impression may
be that Illusions of Her is about
one woman in particular.
and that's the beauty of it.
Instead, various aspects4
manhood will be explored
Master's Thesis concert whi
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It isn't be presented by the trio of Mary Fe -
hrenbach, Heidi Durning and Re -
of wo - becca Weitz.
in this "We are nearing the end of our
ch will education and this concert will
showcase how we have developed,"
said Fehrenbach. The title of the
concert "reflects how society has
built up the image of how women
are supposed to be. As well as our
own illusions of women," she said.
"If you look at the concert you
see a number of issues. Heidi's is a -
bout a cloister of nuns, Rebecca's
is looking at the opposing forces in
women, and mine is about a (wo -
o Bell "The works are very personal ef -
forts and you can see a lot of each
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of us in the the dances," said Feh -
renbach. "Sylvia Plath was a mo -
ther as well as an artist. I'm a mo -
ther too, and I like to think of my -
self as an artist," she said.
Heidi Durning's choreography is
a reflection of her own dual nature.
She meshes Classical Japanese
dance with a western orientation to -
wards modern dance. Durning's fa -
ther is from Switzerland while her
mother is Japanese. Durning is
married to an American who worked
on the set design for the dance,
Rebecca Weitz is also using
Classical Japanese in her chore -
ography. Weitz spent the past sum -
mer in Kyoto, Japan and is using
video to complement her work
'Kuroi Kami' which translates to
'black hair.' "It's very different
from the type of dance most west -
erners are exposed to," said Weitz.
"It's not outwardly energetic or ex -
pressionistic, but is expressed on a
more intense internal level, if the
emotion is there it can have an
impact on the audience that is very
powerful. Maybe even more so
than typical western style dance,"
Ariel: Heart of a Poet, is the
name of a volume of poetry pu -
blished in 1965, and is the inspi -
ration for the dance Fehrenbach has
composed. It uses the sharp often
violent imagery of the American
poet Sylvia Plath to explore the
issues of the ambiguity of being a
"We're looking at various as -
pects of women but we're not really
looking or commenting on current
political issues," said Fehrenbach.
"We're looking at more timeless is -
sues dealing with the strengths and
weaknesses of women," she said.
'Ryujyuo by the Waterfall' is a
solo composed by Durning which
is based on a wood block print by
Suzuki Harunobu. The title, which
translates into 'Dragon woman by
the Waterfall,' is based on a legend.
It involves a priest who when an -
gered by the actions of his empress
expresses his anger by ordering the
rains to stop falling. The empress
then climbs to his mountaintop
Rebecca Weitz, Mary Fehrenbach, and Heidi Durning will perform their
Master's thesises dance presentations 'Illusions of Her,' this weekend at
the School of Dance Building.
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trolling the weather. Natives of the
area who do not recognize the em -
press mistake her for a dragon spirit
and thus the title of the print.
Durning will dance this with Tho -
'Utamaro's Dreams' is based on
a series of 18th century wood block
prints depicting various beautiful
women. They include courtesans,
other "care free women," mothers
and Abalone (shell) div.ers. These
various women make up the focus
of the dance.
"The beauty of the women is
subtle to the point that it finds its
expression in the beauty of the
neckline," said Durning.
'Tendrils Entwined' is the final
dance of the evening and is Weitz's
large group piece. This piece really
focuses on the dual nature of wo -
men. As an example Weitz talked
about the Indian goddess Kali who
is described as being both a bene -
volent and violent creature. "This
was considered to be okay," said
Weitz. She was supposed to have
many sides." Six characters with
different aspects of the self will be
in the dance and you will be able to
distinguish them by the colors they
Their props are something for
the audience to watch. White bas-
kets will be used and the dancers
will be seen sowing seeds. The way
their arms and bodies are used will
be a vital clue on how this character
should be interpreted, said Weitz.
So if you're sitting around
Friday or Saturday night this week -
end, and you're looking for a little
distraction from the study grind,
this concert is recommended.
Illusions of Her will be per -
formed Friday and Saturday nights
December 12 and 13 at the Mac
intosh Theatre of the School of
Music on North Campus. The
show begins at 8:00 pm, and
admission is $3.00. Tickets will be
available at the dance building,
located at 1310 North University
Court, behind the CCRB, or at the
door. For further information you
can call 763-5460 between 9:00 am
and 4:00 pm.
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