The Michigan Daily
Thursday, February 2, 1989
BY LEAH LAGIOS
IN third grade, I thought I wanted to
be a dancer. As I cranked up the
Hooked On Classics album and the
classical music station my mom lis-
tened to, I was a ballerina, leaping
and bounding over furniture, thinking
I would someday be famous. When I
grew tired of the classics, I switched
to disco - the Bee Gees and Shaun
Cassidy had a great beat. But my
friends told me I had no chance; I
should give up ballet, let alone a ca-
reer as a "Solid Gold" dancer.
So instead of performing, I now
have an opportunity to at least write
about the excitement of dancing and
music. And now I can do both, be-
cause tonight, on the Power Center
Stage, the University Dance Com-
pany will present Viva Stravinsky!
in conjunction with the University
Symphony Orchestra. Special per-
formances by the University Jazz
Ensemble and the Women's Glee
Club will also be featured.
Stravinsky is known as a com-
poser for dance, as he worked closely
with the Ballet Russe in the first half
of this century. But although this
program is featuring some of the
finest works in Stravinsky's reper-
toire, many of them are less familiar
and have never been choreographed
Viva Stravinsky! has several
promising features. Its music is
spirited and vibrant, a variety of new
media is involved in this production,
and according to Richard Rosenberg,
"it will be able to offer something to
all tastes of the public."
This production will be the first
to use the new Telaria Video Projec-
tor and other design concepts devel-
oped at the University's Center for
the Performing Arts and Technology.
Richard Rosenberg, conductor of the
(From left) Sarah Blackburn, Christine Knight, Caroline Sutton, Torya Beard, and Katherine
Smith perform an Op art version of "Minstrel Dances" in the University Dance Company's
production of Viva Stravinsky!
BY JAY PINKA
"In many museums, a cosmic
clock illustrates the history of life
on earth, showing that human life
begins a few minutes before mid-
night." -Debra Bruce, "The Clock
in the Museum."
If the chill wind of this winter
Thursday evening threatens to blow
you past museums to lecture hall to
library, howling for the nectar of
spring maple to sweeten your mea-
ger meals - why not break for din-
ner today with poet Debra Bruce as
she reads from her newest volume,
Sudden Hunger (1987).
Bruce's voice resonates a deeper
level of meaning with a sincere re-
spect for the quirks of people and re-
lationships, as her careful concern
for structure flexes the living muscle
of poetic form. Her focused flow of
rhythm and meter is characteristic of
the New Formalist resurrection of
structural tools in the poetic process.
Bruce's approach is refreshing,
effectively disarming any stale, per-
haps unconscious attitudes toward
familial and societal relations that
,the reader brings to the page. She
examines and hints at explanations
to cultural traditions such as shop-
ping trips and holidays, in "My Fa-
ther Refuses to Read the Obituaries,"
while in "Aunt Judith and Her
Housemate Ann," she reflects on
society's limiting outlook on
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homosexuality. And, in "My Mother
Refuses to Tell Her Age," she fasci-
nates us with the complexities and
comedies of the dynamics betweeb
mother and daughter.
University professor and poet Al-
ice Fulton describes Bruce's work as
"unsentimental" while "celebrating
the qualms of affection... meaning"
effectively underscored by meter."
Fulton appreciates the poet';s
"graceful, meticulous structures" as
skillfully polishing the passions of
The poet's first collection, Pure
Daughter, was published in 1983 by
the University of Arkansas Press.
After growing up in Albany, New
York, she earned her bachelor's de-
gree at the University of Massachu-i
ssetts, her master's degree at Brown
University and her masters of fine
arts at the Iowa Writing Workshop.
She has been published in the
American Poetry Review, The Geo-
rgia Review, The Prairie Schooner,
and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
In addition, she has received grants
from The National Endowment for
the Arts, the National Endowments
for the Humanities, and the Illinois
Arts Council. And to top off this
smorgasbord of achievement, Bruca
won the Carl Sandberg Literary
Award in 1988.
Debra Bruce's artistry responds to
a literary need for excellence in forn
integrated with gut meaning. W2
reread for answers to the haunting
questions aroused by her
inconclusive strains, as we are struc
by the elementally personal framed
by the detailed unfamiliar.
DEBRA BRUCE will read from
her works today at 5 p.m in the
Rackham East Conference Room.
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Relive your fantasies to the University Dance Company's
production of Viva Stravinsky!
University Symphony Orchestra,
says the video art "reveals the inner
motivation of characters that are be-
ing performed on stage. Think of it
as a Greek chorus commenting on
the action on stage."
This evening will also mark a
world premiere of a new composi-
tion, a Fantasia, by Steven Rush, the
Music Director for the University
Dance Department. This work "has
elements of Stravinsky in it," says
Rush, but also a style all its own,
employing a full orchestra plus the
University Women's Glee Club.
Under the direction of the talented
Dance School choreographers and
professors, student dancers will per-
form to works such as "Petrushka,"
"Pastorale," and "Fireworks," by
Stravinsky. For a little off-beat
entertainment, the audience will also
experience the Ragtime of the '20s
with dances to Stravinsky's
"Ragtime," Scott Joplin's "New
Rag," and a new work by Steven
Rush called "Seventh Heaven Rag."
Another inviting aspect of
tonight's performance will be the
placement of the orchestra. Rosen-,
berg said that "contact will be greater
and more intimate for the audience"
because the orchestra won't be below
the stage, but on the floor of the au-
ditorium where they will be able to
be seen along with the dancers on
Peter Sparling, chair of the Uni-
versity Dance Department, claims
that this concert "will be very special
for our audience. They will hear
some of the great music of this cen-
tury performed by a full orchestra;
they will see the application of the
newest in performing arts technol-
ogy; and they will witness a perfor-
mance by a dance company whose
quality and level of performance has
never been better."
VIVA STRAVINSKY! will be
performed at the Power Center on
February 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m., with
a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on
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