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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, February 16, 1989

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Trojan Women: Ann
Arbor's newest drug

BY MARISA ANAYA
THERE'S a new kind of trip in
town, and you can experience it
starting tonight, as Director Andr6
De Shields opens his interpretation
of Euripides' powerful tragedy,The
Trojan Women.
A Martin Luther King Jr./Cesar
Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Profes-
sor, De Shields has several impres-
sive credits. He is best known for
his performances in the title role of
The Wiz , and as "the Viper" in
Ain't Misbehavin', both on Broad-
way. He also received the 1987/88
Joseph Jefferson Award for directing
the Victoria Gardens Theatre produc-
tion of The Colored Museum.

De Shields will direct an all-stu-
dent, multi-ethnic cast in what he
describes as "a series of vivid images
expressing the psychological terror-
ism inherent in war, and the moral
indifference and capriciousness of the
mythological gods.
"Euripides," he continues, "is
treating ageless and universal themes
in The Trojan Women: the horror,
futility and degradation of war, hu-
mankind's obsession with lust, the
ascent of materialism and the cheap-
ening of human life. In our produc-
tion, the gods and humankind meet
in the ruins of the metropolis, the
latest victims of the world's
enthusiasm for disaster."
See Women, Page 8

unlike the more representational
expressions of traditional values in
ballet and modem dance.
Israeli-born Shimon Braun is a
gymnast with Waves who has de-
veloped his multi-disciplinary
repertoire while training under the
likes of Martha Graham, Robert
Cohen, Jack Cole and JoJo Smith.
"We create a tension between what
we all do together and what we do
alone," he said.

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Braun is constantly choreo-
graphing new pieces to keep on top
of the ever evolving art of dance.
The jazz dance group demands a
high level of technical competency
in all aspects of dance but Braun
builds his performance pieces
around individual dancers' personal
interests and natural abilities.
Although most of his company
'21ITstep up from the ranks of students
in Braun's Jazz Dance Center based
in Philadelphia, some are from
professional mid-Atlantic dance
d ifferent companies, and Braun has even
s. Tonight at the been known to pick dancers from
off the street.
you can experience Similar experiments in move-
is unusual art form ment media have recently surfaced
Jazz-Dance Coin- in Broadway productions - for ex-
.ance is a rare breed ample, the loud electronic music
modem, folk and and laser lighting in Chess and the
rollerskating and street-modern cos-
hich also incorpo- tuming in Starlight Express. Al-
like belly dancing though Waves cannot exactly be
. Waves evolves by labeled as art or compared to

Dance

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Faustus: RC Players present
Marlowe's damned fine play
BY MARY BETH BARBER
IT sounds like a cover story for the National Enquirer. Author of dramatic
plays and satire dies at the age of 27, stabbed in the eyeball. Two versions of
his most famous play are found years later, and critics denounce both because
there are questions as to who really wrote it.
But the RC Players (in conjunction with the Brecht Company) are pre-
senting Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus anyway, ignoring the con-
troversy and concentrating on the literary quality of the play.
Marlowe, a contemporary and inspiration of Shakespeare, probably wrote
the original text for Doctor Faustus in 1589. Of the two versions that were
found, the RC Players will be using the A-text. It's the earlier version, pub-
lished in 1604 - nine years after Marlowe's death - and is thought to more
closely resemble the original. Co-director Louis Charbonneau comments that
Marlowe could have been as famous as Shakespeare but he didn't have as
much time as Shakespeare to publish.
Although Marlowe's work doesn't exist in great quantity, it isn't lacking
in quality. "It's a great theatrical piece," says Charbonneau, "and has gotten a
lot of crap from critics because of the mess with the authors."
Both students and faculty are putting on the show, co-directed by Martin
Walsh, professor of drama in the Residential College. Actor Steve Frederick
rrom the Brecht Company, a local theater group, plays the Devil's helper
Mephistophilis, and other cast members include students David Haig, Amy
Freeman, and Stephan Vernier.
8..The tale is of a doctor of theology who is bored with his earthly readings
and sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 24 years of pleasure and meta-
physical secrets. But Faustus doesn't do anything horribly great; instead, he
pulls little pranks like stealing the Pope's food and putting horns on a
knight.
"There are shifts in the tones," says Charbonneau, "from black comedy to
tragedy to low comedy... similar to slapstick. Nah, it's lower than slap-
stick," he laughs.
DOCTOR FAUSTUS will be performed tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m.,
Sunday at 6 p.m. and Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m. in the Residential College Audi-
torium. Admission is $6; $4 for students and seniors.

BY MARGIE HEINLEN.
JAZZ is unlike any other form of
music previously popularized. Jazz
can be played as well by a single
musician, a duo, or a full swing
orchestra. Combining instruments
of different tone color and seem-
ingly unnatural rhythms, jazz en-
compasses an infinite range of pos-
sibilities.
Jazz dance was also founded on

Well...
these principles
Power Center, y
the limits of thi<
with the Waves
pany.
Waves Jazz-D
of ballet, jazz,
street dance, w
rates elements1
and rollerskating
combining and
here and now

Play opens
whole can.
of worms
BY BETH COLQUITT
"AND now a moment on birth
control. Male birth control. Rubbers.
You know, lubies, raincoats, eel-
skins, prophos, fear-nots, fishskins,
French safes, showercaps, scum-
bags..."
If you want to hear more of this
list, and it does extend for about three
more lines, see Life Before Can-
Openers, a comic documentary based
on the fact that cans were invented
about 50 years before can-openers.
Since director Chris Carter and author
Jay Pekala refuse to release more
specific information on the nature of
the show, the rest will proceed
entirely from the horses' mouths.
"It features an interpretive dance
that rivals Viva Stravinsky."
"The actors are not only playing
characters, but themselves as well,
sometimes at the same time."
"We originally had it costumed in
French provincial, but budget con-
straints prevented that."
"This is the most novel use of the
Arena Theatre thus far."
"We intend to take a good deal of
the stuffiness out of (the Arena).",
"There will be improvisational
acting going on."
"Refreshments will be served.
"An exploration of eastern myso-
cism."
"There will be sex and violeice.
But no saxes. There will be violins,
though."
"The audience should look for al?-
stract expression and elements of the
bauhaus. They should also pay close
attention to the innovative use of
lighting, specifically the lights
See Openers, Page,&
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transforming the
in its productions,

See Waves, Page 8

Brakhage to shi
BY MARK SHAIMAN
STAN Brakhage, considered the most important ex-
perimental filmmaker of our time, will show and dis-
cuss his works at Lorch Hall tonight and tomorrow.
Brakhage's more than 200 films span nearly 40
years of filmmaking. Currently a Professor of Film
Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he
studied arts, including photography and drama, at
Dartmouth, the California School of Fine Art in San
Francisco, and at the Denver Institute. He has also
spent more than a decade teaching film at the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In the last 30 years Brakhage has traveled and lec-
tured extensively in the United States and Canada, and
occasionally in Europe. His appearance in Ann Arbor
is part of the Yon Barna Memorial Symposium on
Avant-Garde Cinema, sponsored by the University's
Program in Film and Video Studies.
Each night will feature three of his pieces. This
evening will begin with Desistfilm (1952) a short film

ow experiments
concerned with the use of the hand-held camera and its
part in the defintion of Realism and Objectivism. This
will be followed by Dog Star Man (1961-1964), a
multi-part exploration of man and his relationships to
his surroundings. About 80 minutes in length, this
has been regarded to be Brakhage's masterpiece, and its
influence on other experimental filmmakers is consid-
erable. The Dante Quartet (1987), which took six years
to make because it is a hand-painted work, will finish
off the evening. Like the works by Alighieri, Brakhage
here focuses upon the conditions of the other worlds.
Friday night, Brakhage will show his Faust Tril-
ogy, completed last year, for the first time in its en-
tirety. The first part is Faustfilm: An Opera (1987) in
which Brakhage reverses the story and creates a Faust
who is a young man longing to be old. Faust's Other:
An Idyll (1988) follows this new Faust in a romantic
interlude. The final part is Faust 3: Candida Albicore,
which deals with a woman having "something of her
ritual included in the myth of Faust."
STAN BRAKHAGE will present his works at 7:30 in
Lorch Hall tonight and tomorrow. Admission is free.

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WINTER
LUNCH SPECIAL
hree-Course Lunch for Two
$16.00
FIRST COURSE:
Soup of the Day
SECOND COURSE:
Choice of Entree
Crabcakes, Hungarian Pasta,
Poached Salmon, Beef Ragout,
Chicken, Lobster Purse,
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THIRD COURSE:
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MISCELLANEOUS
IS THE GOVERNMENT HONEST? Come
to the Institute of Public Poli Studies' Na-
tional Policy Conference. Wednesday and
Thursday, February 16 and 17, 4th floor
Rackham Building.
ATHLETICS
HANDS-ON IBM-PC training at Cleary
College. Comprehensive, short-term semi-
nars. 7BM-PC utilization; Thurs. 3/2-3/23.
Intro to DOS; Sat. 3/11-3/18. $100 each. Call
483-4400 ext 344.

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THE PROGRAM IN FILM & VIDEO STUDIES PRESENTS
One of the most prolific, honored, and influential independent filmmakers in
the history of the medium, Professor of Film Studies at the University of
Colorado in Boulder, and author will be present for a two-evening screening
of some of his most important films as part 'of the Yon Barna Memorial
Symposium on Avant-Garde Cinema

Thursday. February 16th

Desistfilm
Dog Star Man
The Dante Quartet

(1954)
(1961-1964)
(1987)

Friday, February 17th
Faustfilm: An Opera
Faust's Other: An Idyll
Faust 3: Candida Albacore

(1987)
(1988)
(1988)

The First Complete Showing of the Faust Trilogy
Thursay, February 16th &
Friday, February 17th
Both Events are at 7:30 p.m.
Lorch Hall Auditorium
Admission is Free

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