Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 7,1991
Voyage through modern
: lR~U R 9
by Justine Unatin
Trailblazers and Troubadours: 40
Years of Modern Dance - the two
components of the title of the
School of Dance's annual perfor-
mance evoke both a sense of unity
and a forward motion. These quali-
ties capture the show's theme to a
"T." According to Dance Department
Chair Peter Sparling, this week's
concert is a tribute to the landmark
wvorks of two founders of modern
dance, Jose. Limon and Lucas
Hoving. It will also give a taste of
the innovations that have sprung
from this genre of expressive
The forebearers of modern dance,
including greats such as Martha
Graham and Limon, left in the wake
of their creative trail, standards and
expectations of choreographic and-
conceptual complexity. However,
the modem choreographer and dancer"
enjoys the freedom to improvise and
experiment with form and thematic
genres, mimicking the tradition of
creativity but not the movements of
the founding artists. Such is the
explosive innovation characterizing
this year's performance.
Two works, one by Jose LimonJ
and another by Lucas Hoving,.
represent the"trailblazers.-"There is*
a Time," from Limon's repertory, is
based on Chapter III of the book of.
Ecclesiastes. ("To. everything there is
a season, and a time to every
purpose under heaven.") The piece
seeks to contrast the joyous and the'
sad in its portrayal of the cyclical.
nature of life's events. Sparling
says, "In light of the state of world.
events, 'There is a Time' will really
hit home, as it represents a world
community that can ultimately be
torn asunder, then. put .back
together. In addition, thebac-
companiment to this piece,
"Meditations on Ecclesiastes," won
composer Norman Dello Joio a
Pulitzer Prize in 1957.
Continuing the voyage with the'
"troubadours," Jessica Fogel will
perform "Dig," a piece which uses
an archeological excavation and the
broken pieces of pottery discovered,
as a metaphor for discovery 'of self
and community. Sparling's "Orion"
takes on a more transcendental and
fantastic angle, as a dance between
an individual and the stars. Thej
concert will also feature "View from'
a Window," the work of professor
emeritus Vera Embree. The proceeds
of Saturday night's performance will.
be donated, in part, to Embree's
scholarship fund, which is awarded
to promising students from the
University School of Dance.
In the past, the School of Dance
has presented a vast array of visual
accessories to enhance the, images
evoked by the dancers. This year's
show certainly does not lack its
share of larger-than-life and bizarre
visual aids. The props for
Trailblazers and Troubadours will
include a 13-foot telescope, as well
as what Sparling refers to as
"Cosmic Pasta," or "things that fly
in the dark."
Trailblazers and Troubadours
will start with "the meat and
potatoes of modern dance" as
Sparling put it. The first pieces will
introduce the language of movement
and a sample of the dialogites of
social and personal issues which
modern dance addresses. But as the
40-member cast carries the audience-
through time, the "meat and
potatoes" takes on original form and
meaning, burgeoning into a gourmet
feast for the eyes and the mind.
TRAILBLAZERS AND TRO.UBA-
DOURS: will be performed at the
Power Center tonight through
Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunlday
at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $9;
$5 with a student ID.
Continued from:page 5
tions of each tune Mr. Ectemy per-
Picture a show replete with, say,
U2 covering "Helter Skelter" and
Faith No More jamming to "War
Pigs" and you'll come to understand
that Mr. Ectemy is like listening to
an accomplished band's covers, mi-
nus the originals.
Guitarist/lead singer Adam
Levine, whose Napoleonic stage
presence was the trademark of last
year's Mission Impossible, has
found a comfortable haven from
Steve Miller and Van Morrison ear-
sores. His talented vocals and fret-
work are equally compelling, but on
occasion, each component suffers
slightly when attempted simultane-
Drummer Rob Horowitz appar-
ently grew up with Peter Criss in.
one ear and Guy Gelso (Zebra) in he
other, while bassist Tom Robinhon
covers slapmasters like Bill Gou
(Faith No More) and timekeepers
like Adam Clayton with equal
prowess. And beware of keyboardist
Dan Wood, whose sampling arso al
can catch even the most prepared lis-
tener off guard.
MR. ECTEMY has toured the
fraternity circuit, with occasional
appearances at Rick's, but will ire .
vade the campus scene tonight at
U-Club atlO p.m. Cover is $3.
LOVE through Saturday, and for the next
Ctwo weekends, at 8 p.m. at the Ann
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