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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
SAC screens theses
Salto leaps onto the stage
Musical, 3-D film
and others to show
at the Michigan
By TIMOTHY RABB
Daily Arts Writer
This summer will be bit-
tersweet for the thousands of
seniors who will bid farewell to
ever, an ambi- U of M enior
tious group Thesis Film
in the Screen Showcase
Arts & Cul-
tures depart- Tonight at
ment will 6 p.m.
have an early
opportunity Michigan Theater
to celebrate Free
the birth of
their new careers as filmmakers
today at the Michigan Theater.
SAC seniors Joshua Bayer, Con-
nie Huang, Li-Ann Kaye, Jacob
Mendel and Noah Stahl will be
presenting their production the-
ses, which they will eventually
submit to the festival circuithop-
ing for recognition fromindustry
figures and cinephiles alike.
Each year, SAC students apply
Connie Huang's thesis film is about the creative process.
to the department for the oppor- write the budget proposal."
tunity to showcase the film the- The students rely not only
ory and production experience on grants from the SAC depart-
they've acquired during their mentand the Honors College, but
time at the University by compos- also money from plenty of other
ing senior honors theses. Though unlikely sources.
the students have a choice "There are a surprising num-
between a written academic the- ber of ways to get money for
sis and a full-scale production films," Mendel said. "Some of my
thesis, most choose the latter. friends from the business school
"We basically submit an appli- helped me organize some compe-
cation for the thesis along with a titions to raise funds."
portfolio of our other work in the This year, the films' subjects
department," Huang said of the range from film noir to comedy
process. "Then we try to be as to self-reflective musical.
resourceful as possible when we See SAC, Page 7A
By ERIN STEELE Starting with only nine mem-
Daily Arts Writer bers, the company has grown and
developed a greater presence at
"Salto" means "leap" in Italian the University through its fall and
and is a term not typically promi- spring shows and smaller perfor-
neot in the ballet vocabulary - mances around campus.
making it the The show last semester, which
perfect name for Salto Dance featured selections from Tchai-
a dance company kovsky's "The Nutracker," was
that goes beyond Company held in the Union on a floor too
just ballet. The 2nd nual slick for pointe work. This year,
student-run however, the company will be able
dance company Spring Show to show off its full range of ballet
Salto will wrap Tomorrow technique on an actual stage in
up its second at 7p.m. the Mendelssohn Theatre, with
year on campus one pointe piece set to a Lady
tomorrow with Mendelssohn Gaga medley.
its Spring Show. Teatre Other dances include a piece to
Its performance a mix of the Temptations and Led
will feature self- Zeppelin as well as some duets and
choreographed works that senior trios that more prominently show-
Nursing student and co-president case the individual dancers.
Elizabeth Shea calls "a modern All of the dances are self-cho-
take on ballet and lyrical." reographed by the members of
"(The name 'Salto' is) kind of Salto - not as daunting of a task as
unique, and it really encompassed it may seem due to their extensive
what we wanted the organization dance backgrounds.
to be," Shea said. "I choreographed a lot in high
Shea and co-president Anna school and have been choreo-
Badalian, an LSA junior, found- graphing my own solos since I was
ed Salto in the fall of 2009 as an 14 years old," Shea said.
opportunity to bring ballet and She also choreographed a large
lyrical - styles the two were amount for her high school dance
extensively trained in - to cam- team, and pointed out many of
pus. Lyrical dance is roughly a Salto's members have similar
cross between ballet and jazz. levels of experience - though
knowledge of choreography is not
"We really welcome everyone's
input and creativity, and we always
get really excited to see someone
who hasn't choreographed before
make up a dance," Shea said.
For Shea, the larger challenge
comes with the administrative
work necessary to keep the com-
pany running and maintain its
growing presence around cam-
pus. Holding auditions, finding
rehearsal space and scheduling
performances had not previously
been her responsibility.
A blend of ballet
"It's definitely a big challenge
for us because it's a different side
of dance that we haven't seen
before, being students of dance
teachers," she said.
While the "contemporary" style
of dance continues to blur the line
more and more between ballet and
lyrical, Salto aims to strike a bal-
ance between remaining true to
the traditional styles and main-
taining a creative repertoire.
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