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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 10, 1989

MTV,

move

over

Chamber concert blends aural,

visual

BY LEAH LAGIOS
THE University Museum of Art is working diligently
to tear Ann Arborites from their comfortable sofas and
their round the clock MTV. While most music videos
feature fast cars, fast women, and fog machines, con-
nected only remotely to the soundtrack by a lip-synch-
ing hairdo, the Museum aspires to a more noble fusion
of the aural and the visual.
This evening, the museum is featuring the works of
American composer David Baker in a concert for vio-
lin, viola, cello, and percussion. The fourth concert on
the Museum's Chamber Music Series, it will premiere
Baker's work, Singers of Songs, Weavers of Dreams ,
a piece with each movement dedicated to a famous jazz
musician.
Baker's music has been referred to as a "fusion"
style, one that incorporates and transforms jazz ele-
ments with classical music idioms. He has won many
commissions and awards, and recently his works have
been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington
D.C.
Martha Mehta, development director at the Museum
of Art, said that "this concert will be special because
the music is related to some of the art work. During

intermission, people may look at the exhibitions in the
Museum associated with the musical work." The ex-
hibition relating to Baker's piece is devoted to images
from the Black American experience and drawn from art
works in the Museum's collection.
In addition, part of the program will feature Duos
and Passacaglia, a group of variation pieces by the
well-known 18th century composers Mozart, Rolla,
and Handel-Halverson. These will be linked to the
works of artist Vincent Castagnacci, which are also
based on variation or serial imagery. As a custom of
these Museum concerts, special maps will be available
to guide visitors to the theme-related works of art.
Cellist James Collorafi, percussionist Alison Shaw,
violinist Hamao Fujiwara, and violist Yizhak Schot-
ten, musicians from different yet distinguished back-
grounds, will lend their talents and interpretations of
the music to this concert.
This evening's audience will be able to take advan-
tage of a unique opportunity; they will hear not only
classic 18th century chamber music, but also a piece
that has not yet been performed in Michigan. And,
more importantly, they will have a rare chance to view
a marriage of visual art and music.
Tonight's performance will be held at theUniversity
Museum of Art at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available
at the Michigan Theater Box Office or at the Museum
one-half hour before the concert.

BY AMI MEHTA
IMAGINE a world where no
sound or music is heard and no
words are spoken. Imagine a world
where the abstract is the closest
thing to reality, and movement
and expression are performed in a
magical poetry of silence.
This mystical world is
Mummenschanz.
Mummenschanz is composed
of two words: "mummen" mean-
ing a game of dice and "schanz"
meaning luck. In the Middle
Ages, it was used to describe the
mask worn by Swiss mercenaries
to conceal their expressions as
they gambled for money. Today it
is used to describe the unique
mask-mime theater created by
Swiss mime artists Andres
Bossard and Bernie Schurch and
Italian-American dancer Floriana
Frassetto. In acknowledgement of
two decades of performance, these
three originators will reunite to
perform in Mummenschanz '69-
'89.
"(Mummenschanz) is very
popular. The audience has
tremendous reaction to the show.
They will just laugh out loud or
watch intently," said Robin
Stephenson Drent, one of the co-
ordinators at the University
Musical Society which is spon-
soring the Ann Arbor show.
Mummenschanz's first appear-
ance in the United States was at
the Arts College in Rochester,
New York. Later, prompted by the
rave reviews of a New York
Times dance critic, a series of
world tours began. With perfor-
mances in such places as the Ed-
inburgh Festival and on the Mup-
pet show, Mummenschanz's fame
spread quickly. Audiences were
amazed by the strange aura the
mimes maintained on stage, and
they came back to watch more.
The audiences usually com-

Mystical luck.
Mummenschanz presents
innovative mime for all

Exhibits brave the cold

BY MARGIE HEINLEN
EVER get the feeling that there's
something going on that you don't
know about - people bustling about
at night in couples or small groups
on their way to some fun and impor-
tant destination? Well, now you can
join them.
Just do the Gallery Walk. It's
nothing like the Ickey Shuffle, but
more like a pub crawl - only
infinitely more sophisticated.
The Ann Arbor Art Association
in coordination with local galleries
and the University Art School,
introduced the concept for the Ann
Arbor Gallery Walk. During the
Gallery Walk, several Ann Arbor art
galleries will be open at night and
feature special exhibits and presenta-
tions to allow people to sample a
wide range of art in one walk.
Elizabeth Richardson, Develop-
ment Director at the School of Art,

For the School of Art's first time
in the event, they have a special
showing of University graduate stu-
dent pieces - MFA: Works in
Progress Exhibition - which in-
cludes works from more than 20
artists and showcases a range of me-
dia from photo to charcoal to sculp-
ture.
This February's Walk marks the
first official and publicly advertised
production of this kind in the city.
Program maps are available at all of
the galleries listed.
If the best of Ann Arbor's art
isn't enough to entice you, the walk'
also features free food and drink.
There is no order to the walk, so fol-
low your own path. Be somebody -
somebody cultured, that is.
The galleries will be open from 5-9
p.m. Future Gallery Walks are ten-
tatively scheduled for Friday, March
17 and Friday, April 21 for those
unwilling to brave an Ann Arbor,
winter.

prise a broad spectrum of people.
"There is a big crowd who comes
to see and enjoy it. Even though
mostly children enjoy it, it's not
kiddie stuff," said Bossard in a re-
cent phone interview.
"If there was a theater full of
children, it wouldn't work. Both
children and adults together learn
from each other about how to take
in the show," Bossard said.
The mimes try to take com-
mon material and make it look
different to the eyes of audience
members. Mime, however, is not
the only art form this group em-
ploys. It is a mixture of acting,
dance, mime and puppetry com-
bined with a bit of magic. The
performers wear everything from
rubber foam masks to putty faces
to toilet paper rolls for eyes.
With these simple props, dif-
ferent skits come alive on stage.
They tend to be very abstract,

leaving the audience to discover a
personal meaning from each one.
This is the beauty of this type of
art. Two people sitting next to
each other watching a Mum-
menschanz show can come away
with two different messages.. This
sparks creative thought.
Creativity is something that
modern society lacks. With all of
the new technology available, it
becomes hard for most people to
think on their own and to be in-
novative. Mummenschanz offers a
release from the structured world
and invites outsiders into its en-
chanting, silent world where the
spectator writes his own script for
the show. All that one needs to do
is imagine.
MUMMENSCIIANZ will per-
form at the Power Center on Sat-
urday, February 11 at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m.

Essence: First of its kind

said, "The walks were organized as a
chance for people in Ann Arbor... to
enjoy the artythat is created in and
around the city and special works that
otherwise would not be open to the
public. We want to present a united
front in education and community
and the pleasure of the visual arts."

18th annual
SATURDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY.

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SELF: (Sigh) Guess I'll just listen to
COOL SELF: 'Not so fast, self!
Show's tonight! Singing, dancing, com
all in one show at the Bursley West Caf
LAME SELF: Wake up and smel
self. It's freezing out there.
COOL SELF: Come on - if. yo
through -15* weather to hear a l
Peloponnesian Wars, you can do this.

Bursley Show: Hot stuff
11. A play. good cause. It's sponsored by Bursley Family, the
the furnace... Bursley minority student group - proceeds go to the
The Bursley Michael McGriffith Scholarship Fund and BSelf - a
nedy, and more Minority Student Services emergency loan fund.
eteria! LAME SELF: Which is exactly what you'll need to
J the mercury, pay for your operation after you get frostbite.
COOL SELF: Live a little. It's only $5 at the door,
u could walk $4 if you buy tickets in advance. And there's FREE
ecture on the food! It's from 6-9 p.m., so you'd better decide now...
And it's for a SELF AND COOL SELF: We're outa here.

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BY MARGIE HEINLEN
I once read about an anthropologist who took along a
generator powered television with him to the outback,
and he introduced it to a bushman who had been serv-
ing as a guide during his explorations. For hours each
day, the bushman would sit and stare, captivated, at the
images on the screen. The screen had nothing to do
with his culture, his experience, or his sensibilities,
but he could still appreciate and relate to the aesthetics,
shapes, sounds, and colors in that personal experience.
This is what the Essence of the Spirit Asian-
American art exhibit is accomplishing, only this time,
we are the bushpeople. What is unique to this show is
not the content as much as the act and experience itself.
Traditionally, art shows have been arranged by
content or by artist or by period, but the Essence of the
Spirit is an exploration of technique. One thing com-
mon to all of the art and artists involved in the exhibit
is that the viewer must supply the details and the con-

nections. "That is very Eastern. We would like to blend
the East and the West in aesthetic and perspective," said
Natasha Raymond, the coordinator of the Asian-
American exhibit and a senior in the University's His-
tory of Art program..
In Raymond's words, the essential essence of the
spirit involves everyone: "I learned about community
and my own personal strength as well. Often people
view content as something that narrows - The
Essence of the Spirit attempts to go beyond." Ray-
mond's findings from her work with the exhibit will be
published in a book due to be completed within the
next few months. What Natasha Raymond suspected at
the outset of her endeavor has been confirmed - the
Essence of the Spirit exhibit is the first of its kind.

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The ESSENCE OF THE SPIRIT exhibit is closing
Tuesday, Feb. 14. The exhibit will be open for view-
ing Friday, Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and
on Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - the last viewing of a
first of its kind.

Who Do You Call
When You Want To
Ident Soccer
Ball A t 22,300 Miles
r In Space?
A company called "TRW". Here's the story.
The U.S. Air Force asked us to build a ground-based
electro-optical deep space surveillance system that
could identify an object the size of a soccer ball at
22,300 miles in space. We did it, utilizing 3 telescopes
and a large 4 computer system. Then they asked us to
build four more system sites. Quite an achievement,
but it's just one example of TRW's impact on the future.
V. TRW offers you the freedom to move among a wide
variety of opportunities in microelectronics, high
energy lasers, large software systems, communica-
tions, and scientific spacecraft. If you're majoring in
engineering, computer science, math, or physics, and
want to be with a company that's driving technology
into the next century, it's not too soon to talk. Tomor-
row is taking shape at a company called TRW.
If you are unable to see us on campus, please send
your resume to: TRW, College Relations, E2/4000,
Dept. AD88, One Space Park, Redondo Beach,
CA 90278.
Because Anywhere Else Is Yesterday.
TRW Inc. 1988. TRW is the name and mark of TRW Inc.
An Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer
United States Citizenship May Be Required

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