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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, January 15, 1987

Page 5

'Dancing'

opens

tonight

By Katherine Hansen
C'mon. Dance is a serious art
form. You must not convey your
'enjoyment by clapping too
enthusiastically-rather, by
applauding lightly.
Not this time. Tonight the Per -
formance Network plays host to
People Dancing, the local company
with the utilitarian name. What you
get is what the name suggests: six
dedicated artists with an
unpretentious approach to modern
diance.
Whitley Setrakian, People
Dancing's choreographer and artistic
director, thrives on
experimentation. A former drama
major at New York's High School

for the Performing Arts, Setrakian
has used her theatrical talents to
personalize the austere dance
training she received at U-M and at
the Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey
schools.
In 1983, she founded People
Dancing and began combining
drama and dance elements into
pieces that carry her signature.
From her traditional yet offbeat,
comical and often irreverent styles
comes a surprising realization: and -
iences can develop an appreciation
of dance as art, but this appreciation
need not be a tedious acquisition.
The resulting repertoire proves
that Setrakian and company
certainly takeitheir work seriously,
but not at the expense of their

fun-or their audience's fun either.
For instance, "Rachel," a well-
received character from concerts past
is ressurected in Setrakian's newly
choreographed conclusion to the
"Rachel Trilogy," a saga in which
celestial being meets terrestrial
being.
Encouraged by previously
enthusiastic audience responses,
Setrakian decided to conclude
Rachel's story when she realized "it
needed a resolution."
Accompanying "Rachel's"
resolution -is the music of Jason
Eyster, "a wonderful new composer
who has written scores for
documentaries all over the world."
"Stuff to Do," a second piece on
tonight's program, will offer

concert-goers a trip through the
past. The group will rely on the
luck of the draw in a "Chance
Dance," a 1960s-inspired improv -
isational number dictated by ran -
domly drawn playing cards. Also
included in the program is "Waiting
for the Preacher," a quiet feature
employing traditional ballads.
So go ahead and clap loud.
People Dancing strives to broaden
artistic horizons, and to have fun at
the same time.
Tonight's, tomorrow's, and
Saturday's performances begin at 8
p.m., Sunday matinee at 4 p.m.The
Performance Network is located at
408 W. Washington. Student
tickets are $5.50, available at the
door.

'People Dancing: Whitley Setrakian and Dancers' opens tonight at the
Performance Network.

'Return To Horror

High' gets an 'A' for awful

By Kurt Serbus
Illusion. Reality. And the
blurring that can exist between the
two, the deadly, deceptive blurring
that can occur anytime and
anywhere-in the confines of a
Hollywood production company, in
the silent shadowy halls of a
deserted high school.. .in the mind
of a madman. That dark-grey land of
eternal twilightand the extremes
to which it can drive men-is both
the message and the motif of Bill
Froehlich's horror-comedy magnum
opus Return To Horror High.
Three years after a series of
grisly, unsolved murders closed
down Crippen High School, a
troupe of low-budget filmmakers
arrive to recreate the carnage as a
slasher exploitation flick. The
ambitious, histrionic director, the
fast-talking, money-grubbing
producer, the gutsy, independent
leading lady--all are pros at their
art- the deft manipulation of
illusion, the manufacture and sale,
of dreams...and nightmares. And all
are about to come face to face with

a reality more horrifying than
anything a screenwriter could
conjure up. For the killer has
returned-if indeed he ever left-and
he's stalking his prey with a
renewed fury, forcing the grisly
history of Crippen High to repeat
itself. Again. And again. And
again. Past becomes present. Real
becomes unreal. And versa vice.
Froehlich utilizes the double-edged
reality of his storyline to disorient
his audience. Are we watching a
movie, or a movie of a movie? Is
that a real corpse, or will it get up
as soon as the director yells, "cut"?
Are we in 1983 now, or 1986? Is
that the girl who played Marcia
Brady on the beloved television
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situation comedy "The Brady
Bunch?"*
Illusion and reality. Two

endpoints on a continuum that leads
through areas sometimes poorly lit,
sometimes dangerously ambiguous

to even the sanest of minds. Two
endpoints both explored and
exploited by Bill Froehlich's Ret -

urn To Horror High. Too bad it's a
total piece of shit.
*Yes, it is.

mm"

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