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48 - The Michigan Daily Weekent Magazine - Thursday, February 6, 1997
3C.KmunUItCFeature
TONS OF DANCE, MUSIC, AT
'TANZMUSIK' 4 C

The Michigan Daily Weekend M e - -

[REnertainment News
New Everclear record forthcoming;Ai
Pitt retracts slamming of his own movie

Thursday, February, 6, 199 --17B

By Gilt Greenberg
For the Daily
Celebrating 25 years at Power Center, the
University Dance Company presents,"TanzMusik"
tonight through the weekend. "Tanzmusik"
(German for "dance music") is an evening consist-
ing of four dances, all inspired by German com-
posers. Three works by dance department faculty
choreographers Gay Delanghe, Jessica Fogel and
Peter Sparling will be pre-
miered. Featured is
"Esplanade," choreographed by I-1 PR
Paul Taylor, founder of his own
New York City-based dance T4
company. Kenneth Kiesler will
conduct the 40-member
University Symphony. Power center,
Since the beginning of last
semester, the dancers have been rehearsing non-
stop for what"promises to be an evening full of
beautiful movement, inspiring music and exciting
performances by the dancers and musicians.
Peter Sparling's dance, titled "Unfinished,"
opens the performance. Set to Franz Schubert's
"Symphony No. 8 in B Minor," 10 men and 15
women dance to the myste-
rious and unconventional
piece. ad n
"Themes meander, appear
and disappear," Sparling f a fer
said. Not only is the struc-
ture of the dance unfinished and ni c
(with two movements
instead of the traditional
four), Sparling said the com-
poser was "getting at feel- -
ings that were not possible Dance
for him to resolve in the
(usual) form.'
The set, designed by Vincent Mountain, assistant
pofessor of design in the Department of Theatre and
Drama, magically recreates a German forest. The set
goes beyond the usual backdrop to "a visual depth
that can inspire the imagination to greater depth,"
Sparling explained.
In the dance, "there is rarely an interface of the
men and women, but there are hints of it," he said.
The first movement, danced entirely by the men,

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"seemed so repressed with its dark undercurrents.
The second movement had much more ... sense of
open space assumed by its inhabitants. Therefore,
I imagined a large group of women."
"Unfinished" is a commentary on the gender roles
assumed by and on men and women, and "the need
to seek a balance of both femininity and masculinity
in every individual," Sparling explained.
This idea is portrayed by soloists sophomore
Courtney Murphy and junior
Rosanna Tavarez. "Both
E V I E W movements have certain
resolve qualities. However,
MnzMUsik they both end in a question
mark.' What is unquestion-
Today through Sunday able is the professional man-
$7 stu w/ D, $14, $18 ner in which the dancers tech-
nically and emotionally 'per-
form this challenging piece.
Following "Unfinished" is Jessica Fogel's
"Serioso, Now and Then," with Felix
Mendelssohn's "Variations Serleuses in D Minor,
Op. 54," performed by first-year School of Music
graduate student Rob Auler.
A dance about romance and relationships, the
piece explores the themes
of yearning for unattain-
W eable and unavailable love
WS u through 19th and 20th cen-
- 1 j -tury couples. With eight
dancers Fogel created a
, chamber work, which
Auler describes as "inter-
active chamber music'
Full of playful and flirta-
Peter Sparling tious scenes, "There is an
choreographer alternating back and forth
between the two worlds of
the 19th and 20th century,"
Fogel explained, "and within those worlds time is
fluid. ... And eventually their worlds overlap by the
end of the dance."
Marking his first performance with dancers,
Auler remarked excitedly that this has been a fun
collaborative experience. "I am not an accompa-
nist or the lead, yet it is still a solo piano work."
"The theme and variation form of the composi-
tion allows the piece to progress pragmatically,"

Music V The Velvet Underground will get the royal
V Everclear has announced the addition of for- treatment again on Feb. 18. That's the day Rhino
mer Sprinkler member Steven Birch to their tour- Records will release "Loaded (Fully Loaded
ing line-up, according to its publicist. The implica- Edition)," a revamped, two-disc set of the band's
tion is that Birch is a temporary addition for now, final studio release with Lou Reed at the helm. The
and itsis clear that he will have little or no first CD of the "Loaded" set features the
input into the band's next, still-untitled entire original "Loaded" album,
record, which they have already including the hits "Sweet Jane"
finished and are almost ready and "Rock and Roll," plus
to mix. Everclear singer Art previously unreleased out-
Alexakis has been friends takes and alternate mixes
with Portland-native of "I'm Sticking With
Birch for many years You "Rock and
and the duo co- Roll" and "Head
designed the artwork Held High?' The
for Everclear's break- second disk has
through album more than an hour
"Sparkle and Fade, of bonus music
and will again shard from the "Loaded"
art duties for the new sessions, including
album, due in late fall. : :.: an entire alternate
In the meantime, -- -'.-Z version of the album
Alexakis will be doing ° and early versions of
an unplugged solo club "Sweet Jane," "Cool It
tour expected to take place Down," "Head Held
in late March/early April. High," "Lonesome
Cowboy Bill" and "Oh!
V Even though Green Day Sweet Nuthin'.'

Parts" (March 7), you're excused if you feel over-
taken by a certain musical vertigo. Up for the short
stroke are: Rob Zombie with Stern, "The Great
American Nightmare;" LL Cool J with Flea, Dave
Navarro and Chad Smith (of the Red Hot Chili
Peppers), "I Make My Own Rules;" Porno for
Pyros with Flea and Dave Navarro, "Hard
Charger;" Marilyn Manson, "The Suck For Your
Solution;" Ozzy Osboume with Type O Negative,
"Pictures of Matchstick Men;" Green Day, "Tired
of Waiting for You" (a cover of the Kinks classic);
The Ramones, "Pinhead;" Deep Purple, "Smoke
on the Water;" Cheap Trick, "I Want You To Want
Me;"Ted Nugent, "Cat Scratch Fever;"Van Halen,
"Jamie's Cryin';" AC/DC, "You Shook Me All
Night Long" (live); Howard Stern and Dust
Brothers, "Tortured Man?' Knowing that Stern
fans are gluttons for
punishment, the CD
will be available with '
four different cover
designs, said the ;
band's publicist. One
lucky Sternophile will
find the Golden
Ticket, a coupon hid-
den among a single
disc in the first run
that will be good for a
solid gold CD, to be
delivered to the win-
ner's home.
FILM Everclear's new album isI
~ Open pretty-boy
mouth, insert pretty-boy foot. Threatened with a
lawsuit from Sony Pictures, fickle film god Brad
Pitt wisely retracted his defamatory statements in
a press release to Newsweek regarding the quality
of his upcoming movie with Harrison Ford, "The
Devil's Own?" Calling the film "the most irrespon-
sible piece of filmmaking, if you can call it that,
that I've ever seen," in Newsweek, Pitt decided that
he is now "very proud" of the movie. How conve-
nient.
V If you were looking to buy some commercial

Brad Pitt in a project he's working on for next fall.
time during the Oscar telecast this year, you're a
bit late. Commercial airtime during the 69th
Academy Awards officially sold out last Friday at
the bargain price of $835,000 per 30-second spot,
according to Variety. The Awards promise to be an
amusing affair with Billy Crystal Lick as host and
confirmed presenters Julia Roberts and Nicolas
Cage.

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DAVID sMITH/spec al to the Daily
Sophomore dancers Deborah Miller and Joseph Wojczynski perform in "TanzMusik."
Auler said. 1890s, that is. Music Director Stephen Rush com-
During the chorale piece of music there is a pose score in honor of Johann Strauss, Jr.
"luscious sweet center when the 19th century man Rush explains his original score as "all about
gets together with the 19th century woman in a joke-telling ... building expectation and then
very romantic duet," explained Fogel. knocking you out at the knees?' Polkas, blues,
As the dance progresses "things get mixed up," Baptist hymns, rap, mambo and waltz - it's all in
Fogel said, but in the end "the audience is left with the there. "Thejuxtaposition and superimposition ofele-
dancers wondering what the new millennium will ments create ironic twists."
bring on the subject of romantic relationships" Yet, amid the Public Enemy and Chilean singer
"Waltzscape," choreographed by Gay Delanghe, Mercedes Sosa samples, the dance explores the
celebrates the staple of the dance repertoire, the waltz and the great Romantic era. Delanghe drew
waltz. The dance, created for 16 women, is playful her inspiration from many sources: books, history,
and adorned with love letters, a wedding ring, tea art, as well as Isadora Duncan, one of the dance
cups and dresses all in the spirit of the gay '90s - See TANZMUSIK, Page 5B

isn't scheduled to go into the~stu-
dio for a few months, that doesn't
mean singer Billy Jo Armstrong is Vanessa Williams.
out of commission. "God Loves
Everyone But You" is the name of the latest out any m
from Dead and Gone, produced by Armstrong by anyon
and the band this past October. The East Bay tarist Sl
boys, part of the Gilman Street scene that Slash tol
launched Green Day, have a punk pedigree that L.A. hom
stretches back to the early days of that scene - legal faux
with members who've gone through bands like far as tha
Special Forces, Jackacid and Blatz. The new little bit]
tII-track effort, Dead and Gone's first for singer altogethe
Jello Biafra's record label, contains Black Flag- actually I
inspired songs like "Trainwreck," "The other me
Chemist," "Violets" and "Vertigo," and marks
the second time they have worked with V Pen
Armstrong, the first being last year's Prank "Howard
Records album "TV Baby." 25), to H

V Guns N' Roses leader Axl
Rose has bought the rights to the,
name "Guns 'N' Roses," and can put
nusic he wants under that moniker, played
ne he chooses, according to former gui-
ash. "That's something that happened,"
d Addicted To Noise this week from his
ie. "I was blindsided by it, more or less a
x pas. I don't know what he's gonna do, as
at goes. But I'd be lying to say I wasn't a
peeved at that. It'd be one thing if I quit
r. But I haven't, and the fact that he can
go and do that without the consent of the
mbers of the band ...
using the track listing for the soundtrack,
d Stern Private Parts: The Album" (Feb.
oward Stern's feature film debut, "Private

V First there was "Like Water For Chocolate."
Then there was "Big
Night?' Now anoth-
er food-as-a-
metaphor.'ife is
coming to whet cin-
ematic appetites.
Starring the delec-
table trio of Vanessa
Williams, Vivica
Fox and Nia Long,
"Soul Food" por-
trays clashing sisters
who meet every
week for a soul feast
at their mother's
house. As reported
ong overdue for a name. in Premiere, the
deliciously funny
film is in production
now and is slated for a fall release.
V If you thought the saga of "Rosemary's
Baby" ended with Mia Farrow cradling her devil-
ish offspring, you're dead wrong. According to
USA Today, author Ira Levin will publish his
sequel to the horror classic in the fall, titled "Son
of Rosemary," which will chronicle the lad's
Christ-like adulthood. Plans are already in the
works for a film sequel under the watchful eye of
producer Arnold Kopelson.

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