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Momentum

choreography by guest Camille A. Brown and faculty Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung and Peter Sparling

Department of Dance

Feburary 4-7, 2016 • Power Center

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Overview

Momentum combines four new dance works revealing four distinct visions of motion. New-York-City based guest Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works including a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. The New York Times declared her 2010 City of Rain “Impressive…its dynamics are urgent, its multiplicity of incident always striking. The dance sometimes drives hard against the more melancholy passages of Jonathan Melville Pratt's original score Two Way Dream and sometimes soft against its crescendo. Every aspect of the dance-making here is thoroughly accomplished.” Amy Chavasse, in collaboration with the dancers, explores myth making (the misleading kind) to reveal unanticipated outcomes. Against the music of Lonnie Holley, Chavasse’s work resets the stage with dioramas to alter perceptions of time and location. In Peter Sparling’s Big Weather, Busby Berkeley meets complex systems theory. The action on stage charts the adaptive strategies of a group when sudden stasis or unexpected shifts threaten to alter their flow. Bill DeYoung constructs a dance mix, using recycled choreography as material to be sampled, sliced and diced.

 

 

Artistic Staff

Scenic Designer Kasia Mrozewska Fenz
Costume Designer Susanne Young, Jean-Luc DeLadurantaye
Lighting Designer Mary Cole
Stage Manager Kayleigh Laymon


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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