The Michigan Daily
Friday, February 12, 1988
By Juliet James
The University Dance Company,
known for choosing engaging sub-
jects for their Power Series perfor-
mances, will present a concert
incorporating the works of com-
poser/musician Frank Zappa. The
production will include several di-
verse pieces choreographed by Peter
Sparling, Linda Spriggs, Jessica
Fogel, and Bill De Young, all fac-
ulty members of the School of Mu-
The Chair of the Dance Depart-
ment, Peter Sparling, remarks, "We
intend to make a visual/social com-
nentary through the language of
modern dance in order to extend the
Zappa myth into the 1990's ... This
is an exciting collaboration o f
choreographers and young dancers
working on what should prove to be
an innovative and creative dance
concert." He sees Zappa's composi-
tions as a means of developing the
expressive latitude of the artists in-
volved in the project..
Widely recognized as one of the
outspoken founders of the perfor-
mance art movement Zappa is also
hailed as an excellent musician. His
complex compositions and high
standard of musical technique com-
bine an intricate fusion of rock and
jazz music, interspersed with
controversial lyrics. These innova-
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Live compositions act as eloquent
vehicles for his critique of the 'i
sipidness of pop culture.
Ever the experimentalist, he has
assembled an impressive repertoire
of four ballets, several feature-length
movies, and more than 40 albums.
Besides performing with his own
band, The Mothers of Invention, he
has also worked with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, the London
Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boule,
and Zubin Mehta.
The performance will run without
intermission. The entre-acts are
choreographed by Peter Sparling.
Highly lauded for his work w1,ith Jos
Limon and Martha Graham, Sparling
hopes his intermediary vignettes wi I
give the effect of "a three ring circus
with Frank Zappa as the grand ring-
Jessica Fogel has choreographed
for Dance Theatre Workshop, Lin -
coln Center, The Yard, and most re-
cently for the University Dance
Company's Gallery of Dances last
year. Her pieces, entitled "Heels,"
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production of 'Zappa!'
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and "Sneakers" are set to music from
the albums Joe's Garage, and Shut
Up and Play Yer Guitar. She wishes
to illustrate "a provocative
commentary about women in the
1980's that is both architectural and
An acclaimed former member of
the Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theatre, Linda Spriggs has danced in
two previous University Dance
Company performances. Her recent
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choreographic endeavors with the
Common Ground Theatre Ensem-
ble's production of The People
Could Fly appeared last week at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Her
piece "Washington Square," taken
from the album Mothers of Preven-
tion, is an urban panorama created
from personal remembrances of a
New York City street scene. Ele-
ments of mime and jazz-oriented
dance are linked together in a narra-
tive piece with a vivid cast of
"Jazz From Hell", set to the mu-
sic of Zappa's most recent album of
the same name, will be Bill De
Young's contribution to tonight's
performance. His choreography has
been commissioned by Joffrey II and
NBC-TV, and he describes his dance
as "reckless, volcanic, and off-bal-
ance, full of broken-edged, fractured
movement." The music will show-
case Zappa's current experimenta-
tions on the Synclavier, a
computerized synthesizer. and multi-
This project is an opportunity for
those unfamiliar with Zappa's music
to become exposed to the range of
his musical genius. For devout
Zappa fans, it is a chance to experi-
ence his music away from its usual
context. From any approach, the
choreography and performances of
the University's Dance Department
faculty and students will be exhibited
in an unconventional and imagina-
ZAPPA! will be performed at the
Power Center tonight and Saturday
at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at
2 p.m. Tickets are $9 and $6, with
student seating available at $4 with;
1.). Tickets may be purchased at the-
ticket office inside the Michigan;
League. The Power Center box of-
fice opens one hour prior to each
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