The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
SMTD's resident professional dance company explores wind energy in an interdisciplinary site-specific performance project; previews are June 11 & 12 in Ann Arbor.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
February 3 - 6, 2011
The University Dance Company’s 2011 concert celebrates the intertwining of music and culture throughout the Americas. Acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre creates a new work set to music inspired by Bo Diddley, Eric Dolphy, and Dizzy Gillespie played by students in the UM Jazz Department. McIntyre’s extensive career has stretched from performing to choreographing for modern dance, theatre, television, and film, as well as winning numerous awards, including the 2009 American Dance Festival Award for Distinguished Teaching. “One of the most engaging [dancers] you'll see anywhere…McIntyre whips together narrative, exceptionally fluid dancing, and music.” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post) Sandra Torijano premieres Tango con la vida, a work examining the deep, shared spirit underlying Latin America’s rich dance and music cultures. Towards a sudden silence by Melissa Beck is inspired by the poems of American poet, UM graduate, and Hopwood Award winner Marge Piercy. Rounding out the evening will be a MinEvent, presenting an uninterrupted sequence of excerpts from masterworks by Merce Cunningham, accompanied by John Cage’s “Cartridge Music” played live by the Digital Music Ensemble.
Curtain Call Friday
Post-show discussion featuring choreographers, and dancers; moderated by Judy Rice. Friday, Feb.4, following the performance, Power Center.
Collaborations: Dianne McIntyre
On Saturday, February 5, from 7:00-7:45 PM in the Reception Room at the Power Center, the Department of Dance presents Collaborations: Dianne McIntyre, a panel discussion examining Dianne McIntyre’s long history of collaboration with musicians, directors, and dancers as a choreographer in dance, film, and theater, as well as through her former Harlem based ompany and school, Sounds in Motion. Panelists include Professor Steven Rush (SMTD, Departments of Dance and Performing Arts Technology), Professor Glenda Dickerson (SMTD, Dept. of Theatre & Drama), and Alde Lewis (former Sounds in Motion company member) moderated by Assoc. Professor Robin Wilson (SMTD Dept. of Dance).
|Artistic Director||Judy Rice|
|Scenic Designer||Kasia Mrozewska|
|Lighting Designer||Mary Cole|
Robert Ariza (BFA, ’14) received the Lys Symonette Award in the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition.
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