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FEBRUARY 9, 2001



USDC pushes dance
envelope in eclectic
yet accessible show

'Heiress' explores
love, loss and loyalty



By Charity Atchison
Daily Arts Writer
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
will bring its eclectic style of con-

Hubbard Street
Dance Chicago
Toay & Towrrow at 8pm.

temporary dance
to the Power
Center this
weekend. Based
in ballet,
HISDC's dancers
and repertoire is
versed in mod-
ern and jazz. It
joins the differ-
ent styles from
each choreog-ra-
pher who works
with the compa-

works from six different choreogra-
phers. There are no resident choreog-
raphers within IiSDC. Under the
new direction of James Vincent,
however, the company is aiming to
have more works created specifically
for them. The idea of a resident
choreographer is currently being car-
ried out through Jiri Kylian, Nacho
Duato and Harrison McEldowney.
HSDC has a tradition of establishing
a working relationship with choreog-
raphers and taking them as deep as
they can go. Executive Director Gail
Kalver says, "Having a roster of
artists serves as a pool of resident
This pool of artists gives the com-
panies repertoire variety. One perfor-

Courtesy of UMS

The Hubbard Street dancers make their bodies into art.

weekend's performances are
"Rassemblement." choreographed by
Nacho Duato, and "Sechs Tante (Six
Dances)." by Jiri Kylian. These two
pieces offer a contrast:
"Rassemblement" is set to Haitian
music, while "Sechs Tanze" is per-
formed to Mozart. "Sechs Tanze," in
particular, accentuates IISDC's skill

in precision, timing and confident
David Erzalow's "Read My hips"
presents an intense and athletic
ensemble piece set to an electronic
score. The variety in pieces offers
something for everyone. Kalver said.'
"It is very accessible and-very audi-
ence friendly."

HSDC will
present two different programs. with

mance could be like watching three
different companies in one evening,
Two pieces on schedule for this

By Jenny Jeltes
Daily Arits \Writer
"The Ileiress," a refreshing, authen-
tic drama about love, loss and control,
explores human relationships in a very
realistic way. Set
in 1850, "The
I leiress," written
by Ruth and
The Augustus Goetz
HeireSS and adapted
from Ilenry
Mendelssohn Theatre James novella
Through February 11 "Wash i n g ton
Square," tells
the story oI'
S I o p e r
Reynolds), a
young woman
searching fbr love and freedom.
Due to the restrictive conditions of
the time, Catherine is faced with the
difficulty of an overprotective father,
Dr. Austin Sloper (Daniel Kahn). Dr.
Sloper, a well-to-do New York physi-
cian. distrusts the motives of Morris
Townsend (Quinn Strassel),
Catherine's new suitor. Soon torn
between love of her father and Morris,
Catherine must decide what to do.
Directed by Phillip Kerr, "The
Ileiress" explores the complexity of
human conflict and the struggle to fbI-
low one's heart. Strassel said, "I think
that students will enjoy this show
because it deals with young love and
the complicated relationship of a
father and child."
A well-written script lends to audi-
ence involvement and satisfaction.
Maggie Sargent, who plays Catherine's
aunt, said, "It's a really tightly-written
play. Every word is meaningful and the
multi-dimensional plot proposes many
thematic questions. The characters
have many layers, some of which even
they are not aware of"

Much of the cast's progress can he
dlue to Kerr's directing, Strassel sid.l
"Philip Kerr is an actor's dreyan
because he gives the actor the opportu-
nity to make discoveries about the
character on his own. Ile has a clear
vision of what he wants, but he lets the
actor make the character his own"
Sargent adds, "I le encourages the
actors to come to an understanding,*
what their characters are concealing
from themselves and others, and why
they continue to do so."
Theatre Department Profesor
Emeritus Zelma Weisfeld joins the pro-
duction as the costume designer, giving
expert advice on 1800s period cos-
tumes and trends. 11er assistance has
helped to create a strikingly realistic
portrayal of upper class New York. The
audience will also be delighted by the
array of authentic furniture and orr
ments on stage.

Latest electronic art showcased in Immedia'

By Elizabeth Manasse
FlE the Daily
Experience the thrill of virtual reality, the excitement of high definition video
art and the challenge of interactive games. Entity, the Ann Arbor electronic artist

Media Union
Tjirough Feb. 18th

coalition, is hosting the largest annual juried exhibition of
new electronic and digital art in the Midwest, right here on
This interdisciplinary art extravaganza, which includes
submissions from around the United States and abroad, will
open tonight at the Media Union and be held through
Sunday. February 18th. Tonight's opening reception will
kick offat 7 p.m. and last until midnight. The reception will
come complete with food, exceptional live music perfor-
mances and esteemed guest lecturers. Jaron Lenier, the man
responsible for coining the term "Virtual Reality," will
speak just prior to the reception at 5:30 p.m. Admission is
free and open to the public.
This year's theme is a unique merging of the technology
of the digital revolution of the new millennium, with the

technology of the industrial revolution that emerged with the last turn-of-the-cen-
tury (1901).
"Immedia: 1901" is guaranteed to be Entity's largest and most diverse multi-
media exhibition yet. Undoubtedly, the electronic aesthetics will appeal to those
unfamiliar with the genre and art lovers alike.
This year's mission will be to challenge the conventional standards of the elec-
tronic medium, and to encourage artists to reach beyond the constraints of the
quickly expanding genre. The category electronic will include analog, digital.
electric and mechanical mediums. The exhibition gives unparalleled attention to
technology, which is central to the theme of the showcase. Indeed, Entity seeks
to gain new perspectives on the dynamic interaction between art, science and
Live performances and lectures will also be broadcasted via live streaming
video on Immedia: 1901's website (ttp://'nlitv.wmich.edu/immediaI9OI/) and
will be available to be downloaded from the group's online archives.
Entity originally began their electronic and digital presentations in 1995 with the
goal of developing a multimedia concentration at the University. Because the cam-
pus-wide response was quite successful. Entity now readily seeks to promote new
media on a national and international level. "Immedia 1901" is the university's
opportunity to prove their continued commitment to leadership in new art forms.

Courtesy ot Unsvrsity Prlutions
Quinn Strassel, Daniel Kahn and
Christina Reynolds star in "The Heiress,"

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Tomsic to make first Hill appearance





By Rosemary Metz
Dub ak T i ibriosr
Dubrav~ka Tamsic might be a difficult

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Hill Auditorium
Sunday at 4 p.m.

name to spell and
pronounce, but
her piano virtuos-
ity will transcend
alphabetical barri-
ers. On Sunday,
February 11th,
Hill Auditorium
will resonate with
the works of J.S.
Bach, Liszt and
A native of'
Slovenia, Tomsic

has studied at the Ljubljana Academy of
Music. In 1954, Tomsic played her first
recital at the age of 14 at Carnegie I fall.
Arthur Rubinstein, a member of that
audience, immediately took her on as a
student for the next two years. Following
that mentorship. Tomsic returned to her
native land. Because of the international
political situation. Tomsic did not travel
for the next 30 years. During that time,
she taught at the local music conservato-
ry, raised a child, and enjoyed regional
success on piano. She returned in tri-
umph to the United States in 1989,
where she performed in the Newport,
Rhode Island Music Festival.
Tomsic presents herself in paradoxical
ways. 11er piano technique is brilliant;

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music. Yet, she can convey an almost
uninvolved presence in her facial and
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1Her understanding of the repertoi r
enhanced by her willingness to allow e
music to become the centerpiece of the
concert. The sheer minimalism of
Tomsic's performance lies in her total
devotion to the music.
For Sunday's concert, Tomsic will
open with the "Prelude and Fugue in 1)
Major," by J.S. Bach. Three Liszt pieces
will also be featured, including "St.
Francis of Assisi: Sennon to the I3irds."
She will conclude her concertivith
Lisps "Mephisto Waltz.'"This xif
Tomsic's first appearance in I'
Auditorium. Althouch 30 yearha, e
elapsed fir this artist's recogniuin.
Uubravka Tomsic will soon take her
place as a foremost concert pianist.

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