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ARTS
Friday, September 14, 1990

The Michigan Daily
1I1
Dance
Works
tunes in,
S.
turns on
by Elizabeth Lenhard
T he stage is the canvas, the
choreographer is the artist, and
lancers' bodies are the tempera. The
genre is active visual art and your
tole as a spectator is not to sit and
watch the performance, but to expe-
rience it physically and spiritually.
Sound challenging? It is. But if it
also sounds enticing, then the Ann
Arbor Dance Works, performing this
Saturday at the Power Center, in-
yites you to break out of your com-
fortable M-TV cocoon and emerge
into a world that will make you
swear off your La-Z-Boy forever.
* Modern art is intimidating to
most people. Stravinsky's Rite of
Spring may sound more like a ride
on the subway or that painting in
the museum - you know, the big,
red dot? You, unlike the rest of the
cultural elite (right?) just don't get
it. Many people feel similarly about
modern dance. The person in the
black turtleneck and nose ring sitting
next to you may see a metaphor for
the nuclear waste crisis in a perfor-
mance, while all you see is undulat-
ing bodies and lots of spandex. You
want tutus and happy endings and...
hey, aren't dancers always supposed
to point their toes? These are the
challenges that modern dance is up
against, and it's time for you to defy
your Arthur Murray roots.
Ann Arbor Dance Works is the
*.resident professional dance company
of the School of Music. Its members
are faculty, semi-professional com-
munity dancers and students. Since
its inception in 1984, the company
has grown to be an integral part of
the department, both as a creative
outlet for the resident choreographers
and as a valuable fundraiser. The
group has toured several major ci-
ties, and hopes to take this program
0 on an extended road tour as well.
Dance Works is opening its sixth
anniversary season with an exciting
new program that has a little some-..
thing for everyone - literary inter-
pretation, a seminal work by a mas-
ter choreographer and a little abstract
expressionism to boot.
If you feel all this variation may
e overwhelming, don't worry, it
starts off easy. The jewel of the pro-
iram is "Icarus." This is a celebrated
dance work by Lucas Hoving, a
:utch choreographer who has been
closely linked with Jose Limon. The
;piece relays the tragic myth of Icarus
and Daedalus in smooth and con-
Irolled minimalism, similar to the
Style of Japanese Kabuki. As Peter

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"ZigZag," also by Sparling. In his
words, "It's a deconstructed, frag-
mented dance... there's no logic re-
ally."
Oh boy, here we go. But by now
it's too late, you're hooked, and wait
a minute, you think you may even
be getting something out of this!
Maybe not in the same terms as the
woman with the black lipstick and
the reserved seat at Cafe Espresso
sitting next to you, but in your own
way you get it. "More!" you cry.
"Give me more!" Well, in this show
alone, there's much more.
Jessica Fogel's work, "Woman
with a Pearl Drop Earring" is a dance
based on a Vermeer painting. Fogel
is a founding member of the com-
pany. The show is capped off by
Linda Spriggs' "Rebellion - a bat-
tle cry for the immediate actualiza-
tion of the inherent human right of
freedom." Sparling describes it as a
"whirlwind of power and energy" set
to a dynamic score by Stephen
Rush. All this should leave you
breathless, which would play out
Sparling's theory that "dance is not a
passive experience."
Both "Rebellion" and "Pride and
Prejudice" were produced with the
help of grants from the Michigan
Council for the Arts. Naturally, this
brings up questions concerning the
problem of decreased funding for
government-sponsored art.
Sparling said the Council sets no
conditions when it supplies a grant,
and the Dance Works hasn't had a
problem with the content of the
grant agreement. However, Sparling
is very concerned with the problem.
"True artists are going to create what
they must create, regardless of where
the money comes from; we are now
more than ever aware of the limits of
taxpayers' support." Sparling also
expressed a strong belief in artistic
freedom, but, he said, "With dreams
come responsibilities... you are re-
sponsible to your craft."
This is the first time that the
Dance Works will perform in the
Power Center. Sparling says this
shows people that "we mean busi-
ness, we deserve to be seen in the
best venue in town." It is not impor-
tant to any of the members if the
show is a sell-out, Sparling claims.
What he hopes for is a greater in-
volvement and a better use of the
University's many resources by its
students. "I hope the University
community is willing to take the
risk to see live dance." Sparling
also hopes that the Dance Works
may inspire more studentsato take
See DANCE, Page 10.

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address."- James Brown
"Our music is about the truth,
people, and stuff that really hap-
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lamp. The cutters from under their
rented earth. Come up, black dada
nihlismus. Rape the white girls.
Rape their fathers. Cut the mothers'
throats." - LeRoi Jones, from The
Dead Lecturer
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the juice runs down my leg." -
bluesman Robert Johnson,
"Traveling Riverside Blues."
"We're not into the cliched rock
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12-year old boys backstage, have a
coke party, and then have oral sex."
- Vicki Peterson, The Bangles.
"Collins is a generally sound sort
of bloke who makes fairly ordinary
records for very ordinary people to
play at their desperately ordinary par-
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The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Fri. Sept. 14

Faculty Recital by Hamao
Fujlwara, violin
with Katsurako Mikai, piano
Kreisler- Prelude and Allegro in E Minor
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano & Violin in A
Major, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer")
Bach: Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
Szymanowski: Mythes, Op. 30
Wieniawski: Polonaise Brillante in D Major
Recital Hall, School of Music, 8:00PM

Chinese art
opening
Centuries of Chinese Clay: Early
Ceramics from Domino's Pizza
Collection opens at the University
of Michigan Museum of Art with a
public reception on Sunday from 2-
4 p.m. The Museum plans to hold
several public openings throughout
the year. The artworks are on
display at the Museum from
Sunday until October 21. Pictured
here is a red pottery watchtower
with green lead glaze from the Han
Dynasty (206 B.C. - 221 A.D.).

Sat. Sept. 15 Ann Arbor Dance Works Fall

Sun. Sept. 16

Ann Arbor Dance Works

Season
Featuring the modern dance classic, Icarus,
by guest choreographer Lucas Hoving; other
works
Tickets $12, $9, $5 (student)
Power Center, 8:00 PM
Faculty Recital by Erling Blbndal
Bengtsson, cello
Recital by this new faculty member,
formerly of the Royal Danish Conservatory,
features music of Bach: Suite No. 5 in C
Minor; Suite No. 3 in C Major, & Suite
No. 6 in D Major
Recital Hall, School of Music, 4:oo PM

Sparling, chairman of the Dance De-
partment, says of the piece, "A lit-
tle says a lot."
Gay DeLanghe, who has worked
closely with Hoving, earned two
grants to bring this work to the
University; it is the first piece'by a
major choreographer that the Dance
Works has performed. DeLanghe
also choreographed "Pride and Preju-
dice" (based on Jane Austen's novel)
a piece that satirizes marriage.
So now you may be feeling a lit-
tle more comfortable. Pride and
Prejudice, that's something you
know. However, from this point, the
works go from an exploration of the
soul in Sparling's "Intermezzo," to

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