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The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, October 20, 1992

Page 5

Experience the spirit of Odissi

by Jen Slajus
So it was actually Sharon
Lowen's mom who asked Professor
Jessica Fogel, who just happens to
be the Coordinator of the Dance De-
partment's Fifth Annual Guest Artist
Series, if Sharon could dance this
weekend at the University. But it
was only because she really wanted
to perform here. Again, that is. Of
course, the offer was quickly
snatched up.
"Each year we like to showcase
at least one alumna," Fogel said. She
added that since Lowen is currently
on a national tour and is being
brought to the University this week-
end for an LSA Honors Program
alumni gathering, everything just
clicked. The timing was right. And,
more critically in this tight economy,
the funding was there. "There's a
,built-in audience for Sharon," Fogel
emphasized.
Who is this Sharon Lowen? Only
"one of the most versatile dancers of
the world." At least, that's what the
Hindustan Times Weekly of New
Delhi wrote way back in 1997. A
native of Southfield, MI, Lowen re-
ceived her M.A. in Dance from the
University in 1973. She then began
to study and perform Odissi, a clas-
sical Indian dance style. Odissi orig-
inated over 1000 years ago within
ritualistic services in Hindu, Jain and
Buddhist temples of the Orissa re-
gion in Eastern India. The dance
form is composed of pure grace and
charm, rounded curves and postures
and intricate body-bends. The
dancer, essentially, kinetically mir-
rors the (divine) sculptured figures
of these Orissanshrines.
"Lowen is really a conduit be-
tween cultures," noted Fogel. She
uniquely enriches Odissi with the
great range and facility of Western
classical dance, which, after all,

composes her foundation; beatiti-
fully blending the long, extending
lines of ballet into her interpretation
of traditional Odissi, she naturally
transforms it.
Indeed, she makes a formidable
cultural mediator. While signifi-
cantly expanding appreciation of
Indian performning arts in the United
States, she has concurrently estab-
lished welcome acceptance in India
of foreign-born performers. The
proof sparkles through heaps of
honors and awards, as well as lectur-
ing visits and performances at
dozens of universities, festivals and
concerts in both nations. At present,
she is a Visiting Fellow at the Uni-
versity of Hyberdad's School of Vi-
sual and Performing Arts in India.
Sharon Lowen's performance
Thursday evening promises to be
spiritually and sensually electric.
Three Indian musicians shall orches-
trate her dances. (The exact instru-
mentation remains rather mysterious
to the Dance Department. Hmm. Po-
tential wondrous surprises!)
The program will incorporate the
three major subdivisions of Odissi.
"Nritta," the pure dance, focuses on
sheer, non-symbolic movement.
"Nritya" is an expressional dance.
"Shapes have names and meanings,
like a fish or boar," Fogel com-
mented. And natya means drama,
which, in this performance, will be
the acting out of a love poem. The'
finale should be ultra-cool, as it is a
dance praising the Goddess, female
power of the universe and consort of
Shiva.
SHARON LOWEN will perform
Thursday at 8:00 p.m. in Studio A
Theater of the Dance Building. Tick-
ets are $8.00, $5.00for students and
seniors. Call 763-5460.

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Sugar-coated Mould
Now that Sugar's "Helpless" video is the number one alternative vid on
"120 Minutes," Sugar frontman (and ex-Husker Du-de) Bob Mould is
apparently way too big to talk to the college press. Slights by him and his
publicity machine aside, Sugar, admittedly, deserves to break out in a
major way. Their pre-release summer warm-up tour of the States wowed
the masses with its elegant yet sheer brutal force. (It also yielded the
above photo of Mould and his guitar, snapped in Detroit's St. Andrew's
Hall.) Sugar's first release, "Copper Blue" on indie Rykodisc, proved worth
the wait, inspiring rhapsodies upon first listen. The disc is the obvious
culmination of Mould's sonic cutting edge work with HUsker Du and the
emotion-laden roar of his recent solo days put in the context of a (some-
what) equal band format. Brilliant. (He even does another water song,
"Hoover Dam.") Mould even coyly added the best new Brit band, the
multi-textured Boo Radleys, to this leg of the tour. Live is the best place to
see Mould in whatever band format he's doing, so be sure to check out
the show at the Michigan Theater tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.50
and $12.50 in advance atTicketMaster (p.e.s.c.). Call 763-TKTS.

Sharon Lowen performs Thursday at Studio A in the Dance Building.
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Psychology Graduate Schools:
What Am I Applying For Anyway?
A Look at Programs and Schools
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Wedge Room, West Quad, 541 Thompson Street
Undergraduate Psychology Peer Advising Program
K-108 West Quad, 764-2580

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One & two& ---.
If you hear a time-weathered
classic performed by males who
harmonize vocals and play
acoustic guitars, it's a CSN tune. If
the song is really lame, it's by
America. If it's something you've
never heard before and quite
abstract, you're probably listening
to Aztec Two-Step. Their first
record from 1972 has just been re-
released on CD, so get it. Until
you find it, check them out at the
Ark tonight at 8 p.m.
That damn toaster
What do an "Infernal Machine,"
an "Appalachian Spring" and a
Beethoven impersonation have in
common? If you answered that it's
the program for our beloved
University Symphony Orchestra
and University Philharmonia

Orchestra at Hill tonight, you're
right (and you ought to get out
more). Seriously, Copland's
pastoral work and Brahms' 4th
should be worth the price of
admission: it's free. Arrive early
enough (i.e. two minutes before 8)
and get a seat in the front row.
Bonus. Call 763-4726.
Un grando Visconti
Plan your weekend filmic
activity now. At the Detroit Film
Theater this weekend are two
restored three-hour classics:
Luchino Visconti's "Rocco and
His Brothers" and Andrei
Tarkovsky's "Andrei Roublev."
The Tarkovsky we can do without
(be more pretentious, Andrei), but
we can't resist Visconti's epic.
Call 833-2323 for times and ticket
information.

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