Thursday, February 8, 1990
The Michigan Daily
'90s dances show signs of life
BY JUSTINE UNATIN
VITAL, from the Latin word vita,
meaning life, describes this year's
performance by the School of Dance
with deliberately powerful ur-
gency. Vital Elements: Dances for
the 1990s mirrors life; it is not
merely to be watched for entertain-
ment, but experienced and reacted
upon. According to Peter Sparling,
chair of the dance department, the
choreographers' goals in Vital Ele-
ments culminated in the creation of
metaphors which reflect "the ways
dance can address real life while at
the same time never diminishing the
Programs distributed at the per-
formance will supplement the
metaphors with short explanations
of the issues addressed in each dance.
Furthermore, in order to familiarize
the audience with the mode of com-
munication utilized upon the stage,
the choreographers will appear on a
large movie screen discussing the
conceptual and emotional aspects of
The elements which breath life
into each piece vary visually, musi-
cally, and thematically. Bill DeY-
oung has created a piece titled
"Ghost Dance" that presents a vision
of primitive times, or a look at the
future, depending on the viewer's
imagination. Gay Delanghe ad-
dresses a primitive theme in a differ-
ent manner in "Humandinos" where
spike-laden dinosaurs meet their
inevitable demise. The verdant crea-
tures display certain human qualities
as a means of commenting on con-
temporary threats of extinction.
Linda Spriggs presents the real
nuts and bolts of the program in an
abstract piece entitled "Funi." The
accompaniment consists of "prepared
piano," created by composer John
Cage and involves the use of various
hardware to create a unique sound
which perhaps even concert pianists
would not attribute to the tool of
A performance dedicated to the is-
sues of the present day would not be
complete without addressing AIDS.
Thus, Sparling created "Witness," a
"plea for understanding from all
those who have dealt with the crisis
of AIDS, from victims to loved
ones." Unlike the other pieces,
"Witness" is performed entirely by
men. Jessica Fogel presents the fi-
nale, titled "Connoisseurs of
Chaos," depicting the evolving ideas
of science, specifically the theory of
See ELEMENTS, page 8
The members of Impact Dance Theatre (well, 12 of them here) support one another.
Theatrical dance hits the floor
BY AMI MEHTA
Ardent dancers have thrown this
phrase around at one point or
another. But since all of us can't be
dance majors, Impact Dance Theatre,
a student-run and UAC-supported or-
ganization, gives students outside of
the dance school a chance to perform
and trip the light fantastic.
The troupe has been on campus
for nearly 10 years and comprises 13
dancers this season. Once a dancer is
in the troupe, having passed an audi-
tion, he or she does not have to try
out again. This method of selection
allows the troupe to mix experience
with fresh ability. Most performers
stay with the group until they gradu-
ate. Four-year veteran Lindsey Yea-
ger tried out her first year and is now
the co-producer of the company. She
has seen the group mature and says,
"The quality of the company has re-
ally improved. We have a smaller
and tighter group that is very com-
Currently, all of the dancers are
female, although males did audition.
There is no limit to the number of
people that can be in the troupe; the
only factor determining selection is
talent. And talent is something these
dancers have, with an average of
seven to 10 years of dancing experi-
With all this savoir faire, the
troupe does all of its own choreog-
raphy. "We don't write away for a
script like actors do. We make it up
as we go along," says Yeager. Orig-
inally, the intention was strictly to
perform different dance styles but,
according to Yeager, the show has
evolved into a representation of the-
atrical dance. Hence, the name Im-
pact Dance Theatre.
Showcasing modern dance, jazz,
and creative expression, most of the
pieces tell a story or set a tone. Set
to music from James Taylor to live
drum accompaniment, pieces range
from a depiction of waiting for a
New York subway to a number
called "Nocturnal Wanderings,"
which unveils several imaginative
Since the show is totally student-
run, it is essential that all the mem-
bers of the company be able to work
well together. Co-producers Yeager
and Vivian Cleveland fit the bill per-
fectly, having known each other
since they were five years old. This
strong sense of unity is passed on to
the dancers as well, fostering cama-
raderie, which is important with
dance. "We really have a lot of fun
doing this," Yeager says. "It's a
huge endeavor to put on a show
when you're a student but we are
proud to do it."
IMPACT DANCE THEATRE per-
forms tonight through Saturday at 8.
p.m. at the Mendelssohn Theatre.
Tickets are $4 in advance at the
Union; $4.50 at the door.
Joy McEwan and Torya Beard become the Yin and the Yang in Linda
Spriggs' "Funi," a selection from Vital Elements.
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