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Dance Series 2017-18

(Multiple Venues) : Fri 10/20/17 8:00PM - Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM

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Dance Series 2017-18


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Ragamala Dance Company Written in Water Friday, October 20, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ragamala Dance Company <em>Written in Water</em>

In Written in Water, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy explore the concept of spiritual ascension through the 2nd-century Indian board game Paramapadam (upon which Snakes & Ladders is based), the 12th century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds, and the Hindu mythological story Ksheerabthi Madanam. The performance unfolds upon large-scale paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav, projected on the stage floor. Dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders, representing the heights of ecstasy and the depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi thought. The live music for Written in Water is composed and performed by Amir ElSaffar, interwoven with original South Indian Carnatic compositions by Prema Ramamurthy. Ragamala Dance Company is “providing some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” (New York Times)



Urban Bush Women
Hair and Other Stories Friday, January 12, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Urban Bush Women<br> <em> Hair and Other Stories</em>

“The Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing, and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness.” (New York Times) Founded by Jawole Zollar, the company burst onto the dance scene in 1984 and has made an indelible mark on the field with bold, innovative, and demanding works that challenge long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types, styles of movement, society, history, and appropriate content for the stage. Hair & Other Stories is a multidisciplinary evening-length work that addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of hair, primarily that of African-American women.



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.



Borderline
Company Wang Ramirez Friday, March 9, 2018 8:00PM - Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<i>Borderline</i><br>
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)