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Page 8 Thursday, May 5, 1983 The Michigan Daily
Friday Saturday Mr. Flood's Party - Blues and jazz presents two plays this weekend, A
Bars and Clubs Bars and Clubs vocalist Marietta Baylis exhibits her Company of Wayward Saints and The
Bars Bnd Clubs stylings tonight. Fabulous Fable Factory. At 8 p.m.
The Blind Pig - Jimmy "Fast The Blind Pig - Jimmy Dawkins Rick's American Cafe - The Friday and Saturday they will show A
Fingers" Dawkins and his South Side continues to play the blues tonight. Original Latincdance music of Company . .. as well as at 6:30 Sun-
of Chicago blues quartet play The Pig. Joe's Star Lounge - The Bluefront Pangaea. day. The Fabulous Fable Factory has
SPersuaders again perform some of shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. Flood's Party - Searing Blues Music Peformances Newok (8 P
List with Glimmie Derrall. Canterbury Loft hosts Ann Arbor's Washington). Tickets are $4, $3 for
Rick's American Cafe - Tonight native acoustic quartet NADA Friday students and senior citizens, at the
Joe's Star Lounge - The Bluefront it's Top 40 rock 'n roll with VVT. at 8 p.m. They will also perform door or by calling 996-3888.
Persuaders play blues, swing and Saturday at Art Worlds (also begin-
R&B classics. P Sunday ning at 8 p.m.). Admission to this Exhibits
Mr. Flood's Party - Glimmie exotic musical experienc e costs $3.
Derrall, Detroit's electric blues band Bars and Clubs Call 763-5 bThe Ann Arbor Art Association
parties in Ann Arbor. Joe's Star Lounge - A benefit con- vining Sow o Funin
Rick's American Cafe - Virtuoso cert is in the offing tonight and will Ceramics."a Show of Functional
bluesman Luther Allison returns. feature the music of Ragnar Kvaran TheatCrratith ."A t e Exhibit may beren
Second Chance - Top 40 dance Aluminum Beach and a "mystery Theat the Art Association, 117 W. Liberty.
band Mariner plays tonight. guest.Young Peoples Theater Call 994-8004.

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Youths perform ballet with style

By Ellen Rieser
T HE JOFFREY II Dancers, the "farm
team" for The Joffrey Ballet of
New York City, is always an in-
teresting ballet company to watch. The
Joffrey II sees its role as that of
providing extensive performance op-
portunities for young ballet dancers
just out of The Joffrey's school. Accor-
dingly, The Joffrey II tours year-round

throughout the country while training
its dancers in a diverse repertoire of
ballets.
Since it was founded in 1969, The Jof-
frey II has trained more than 150 dan-
cers. Currently, ex-Joffrey II dancers
perform in more than 35 professional
dance companies around the world.
Thus, The Joffrey II's recent visit to
Ann Arbor gave local audiences a

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chance to see potential dance stars of
tomorrow.
The Joffrey II's. performances at
Power Center on Tuesday, April 19th
and Wednesday, April 20th, were a good
showcase for the company.
Tuesday night's program began with
Bermuda Blues, an episodic work with
choreography by Gail Kachadurian, set
to short blues pieces by Andre Previn.
After a clever and humorous introduc-
tion as the curtain rose a foot or so to
reveal seemingly disembodied feet
hopping and sliding about, the ballet
moved to focus on the interactions of
three couples dressed in Bermuda shor-
ts and polo shirts. The summer roman-
ce atmosphere was engaging for the
first few minutes; however, due to the
choreography's lack of intensity and
dramatic focus, the ballet quickly
became boring. It was never clear why
the couples might be interested in each
other and so it was commensurately
difficult for the ballet to sustain the
audience's interest.
Monotones II, the second piece on the
Tuesday program, made sitting
through Bermuda Blues worthwhile. A

short ballet created by Frederick
Ashton to the delicate music of Erik
Satie's "Trois Gymnopedies,"
Monotones II is a classic by one of the
masters of contemporary ballet.
The Joffrey II's signature piece,
Monotones II shows what the dancers in
the company are capable of at their
best. The choreography, which calls for
steps slowed down to near im-
possibilities, was performed
beautifully.
Rothko Chapel, choreography by Bill
DeYoung, set to modernistic music by
Morton Feldman, followed Monotones
II. The piece involved groups of dan-
cers assuming ever-changing sculp-
tural forms who seemed Grahame-
sque in their arm movements, floor
rolls, and flat footwork. The eight dan-
cers featured did an excellent job with
the piece.
The concluding work on Tuesday's
program and the evenin~g's crowd
pleaser was In Kazmidity. Set to music
from the classical ballet Sylvia by Leo
Delibes, choreography by Ann Marie
DeAngelo, In Kazmidity was a
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