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She tries to bridge the gap between
the stage and the audience, making
an aesthetic bond explaining the true
meaning of dance.
Overall, the majority of the small
audience was Indian, which some-
what defeated the purpose of
Rajagopalan coming to the
University. Because of the lack of
advertising, the audience wasn't
nearly the size it should have been
for such an excellent performance.
The young community here should
be exposed to as much culture as
possible to have real understanding
of diversity. Somewhat disappointed
by the turnout, Rajagopalan urged
people to publicize Bharatanatyam
further for future performances.
At the base of the human condi-
tion there resides that indescribable
something that relishes the vulgar
and abusive. If this wasn't distinctly
true then Friday night's Pop Will
Eat Itself concert at St. Andrew's
Hall would have been a profound
failure. Dual PWEI vocalists Clint
Manseu and Graham Crabb bounded
on stage at around 11 p.m. be-
gining their set with the somewhat
insultingly titled "Preaching to the
Perverted." After only two songs any
threat of deep introspective lyrics
was well lifted and those unfamiliar
with the band were soon converted.
As if the crowd needed any further
titilation stringy vocalist Clint, after
inviting some ten people on stage,
went himself into the sea of black
clothing and masochistic fans.
PWEI's first of two encores included
a cover of Sigue Sigue Sputnik's
"Love Missile F1- 1" ...appropriate
and entertaining. Songs off their lat-
est album, most memorably "Inject
Me" and "Def. Con 1" (Big Mac
fries to go etc.), were the most suc-
cessful. And it was pleasantly sur-
prising to see the ease with which
they could turn their rap/funk/dance
amalgam around and play "Orgone
Accumulator" with the punk-grunge
that it deserved.
I always feel a sense of guilt en-
joying something as base, crude and
fun as PWEI was on Friday. When I
get the feeling that I should brush
my teeth or something I know I
must have had a good time.
-R. S. Lee
on with lasers
Let's play word association:
Friday night's "Laser, Extrava-
ganza" at the Power Center offered
two of the above. Boasting "not one,
but three exciting lasers," the Laser
Dogs from Houston provided two
hours of laser-accompanied Floyd.
Daily Arts writers Jennifer Ballew
and Brian Vastag here present their
respective views on the event:
patterns and animated Floyd icons
projected onto the screen above the
stage accented the seat-shaking
Floyd; the most dramatic moments
came when the lasers swept over the
audience. The Laser Dogs used all of
their effects during the first half of
the show; the second half was a col-
lage ui recycled images. Several
times a cheesy computer generated
falling-bomb sound was added to the
music - what a pitiful way to ruin
good Floyd. A string of Christmas
tree lights laid out in a triangle on
stage flashed randomly - what a pi-
tiful way to ruin good lasers. The
Laser Dogs also displayed their sense
of social awareness with comments
like "I heard a rumor that U of M
likes to party."
The lasers were exciting; the
Laser Dogs weren't. Lasers can effec-
tively enhance music -- the Laser
The show opened with "Signs of
Life" from Pink Floyd's Momen-
tary Lapse of Reason. The presenta-
tion itself was truly a "laser extrava-
ganza." Huge fans were used to
spread smoke across the theater to
make the lasers visible, and tiny
mirrors were arranged to reflect the
lights, giving the appearance of
more laser beams. Computer-gener-
ated laser images were projected onto
a giant screen which filled the stage.
Fluorescent-colored cardboard glas-
ses, which sold for $1, helped en-
hance the visual experience by re-
fracting the light of the lasers, giv-
ing the viewer nine times the num-
ber of images. The glasses were fun
for the computer images on the
screen, but tended to blur the lasers
which came out over the crowd.
The speaker system was immense
for a place the size of the Power
Center. Amplifiers were stacked on
either side of the giant screen. The
music was so loud that the seats vi-
brated at every low note. Avid Pink
Floyd fans would have gladly paid
the admission price just to experi-
ence the sound system. The audience
gladly joined in when one of the
Laser Dogs mockingly asked them
for a "Michigan singalong" to
"Another Brick in the Wall."
The crowd was so pleased with
the performance, the Laser Dogs
agreed to improvise an encore. They
had no pre-planned computer images,
but simply sat up front and played
with their lasers, all to the delight of
the audience. The lasers didn't al-
ways move exactly with the beat,
but no one really cared because the
whole experience was so mystical.
Everyone in the crowd went home
feeling they had lived a slice of the
Alumni Lynn Slaughter and Alan Lommason performed Friday night in the
first installment of the Dance Department's Guest Artist series.
BY ANITA CHENG ,,.
Be a Daily Arts staffer...
or just look like one.
If you'd like to write for
theater, books, dance, visual arts, film, or music,
LAUNCHING the Dance Department's Guest Artist series Friday night;-
Alan Lommason and Lynn Slaughter demonstrated through their daringly-
personal dancing the cutting edge of dance in America. "We looked across the
nation for dance outside the mainstream, the pioneers," explained Jessica Fo
gel, program coordinator. "Their concert was a wonderful beginning for what
has expanded into an international exchange this year." 4
Both alumni of the University Dance Department, Lommason and&
Slaughter opened their program with "Tangos," a Latin-flavored duet by the.
internationally-renowned choreographer Bill Evans. Lommasson effortlessly-4
melded the traditional male machismo image with his own ironic sensitivity'
to partner Slaughter. She in turn expanded the conventional ideal of soft fema'
ininity by dancing with a liquid ease over a core of steel strength.
The duets "Undercurrents," a premier choreographed by both Lommassoir
and Slaughter and "Echo" by Lommasson explored two sides of intimate rem
lationships. Combining telling gestures with emotionally charged dancing,,
"Undercurrents" opened the raw, ugly side of relationships - intimacyz
turned into a power for hurting. The commissioned score by Gregory Ballard
heightened the premonition of tragedy. In contrast, "Echo" with music bY4
Philip Glass seemed almost a dream. The woman began and ended alone, but
the interlude was filled with a beautiful duet - was the man a sad memory,
or only a figment of her imagination? See DANCE, page 11
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