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Dance Series 2017-18

(Multiple Venues) : Thu 2/8/18 7:30PM - Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM

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Dance Series 2017-18

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Romeo and Juliet
American Ballet Theatre Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
<i>Romeo and Juliet</i><br>
American Ballet Theatre

Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful interpretation of Shakespeare’s enduring romantic tragedy has become one of ABT’s signature productions. The story of Verona’s tragic star-crossed lovers is woven throughout a dance tapestry rich in character nuance and sensuality, with Renaissance Italy providing a sumptuous and period-perfect background. Sergei Prokofiev’s instantly recognizable music underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet. UMS and Michigan Opera Theatre co-present American Ballet Theatre as part of an extended partnership to bring dance to southeastern Michigan. Casting to be announced.

Company Wang Ramirez Friday, March 9, 2018 8:00PM - Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Company Wang Ramirez

A couple both onstage and in real life, Sébastien Ramirez, a Frenchman with Spanish parents, and Honji Wang, a German woman with a Korean mother, make their UMS debut with Borderline. Their dance backgrounds could hardly be more different — Ramirez was a B-boy while Wang was classically trained — but they share a love of other dance styles and an interest in experimentation. In Borderline, the six dancers toy with the forces of gravity through a subtle and sophisticated use of rigging, creating a powerful evening of breathtaking movement, physical energy, and spiritual serenity. “The contemporary dance revolution is taking place. And dancers like Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are on the frontlines.” (L’Indépendant)

Nederlands Dans Theater Friday, March 23, 2018 8:00PM - Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Nederlands Dans Theater

Widely considered the Berlin Philharmonic of the dance world, Nederlands Dans Theater has forged a path between classical ballet and American modern dance, creating a modern ballet style that is widely admired across the world. Many NDT members have gone on to found companies around the world, including Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and Crystal Pite. Pite’s 2016 work, “The Statement,” features two men and two women dealing with a conflict in a boardroom setting, with Jonathan Young (from the 2016-17 season’s Betroffenheit) providing the script/score. “Shoot the Moon” is a heartbreaking view of three different love stories deteriorating behind closed doors in a revolving set of three rooms, set to music by Philip Glass. “Think ballet line and virtuosity fused with modern dance weight and power. Think a commitment to the deepest European art-making traditions with no pandering to pop culture. Above all, think a super-ensemble: dancers who can form a superb corps one moment and perform just as superbly as principals the next.” (Los Angeles Times)