Sunday , November 29 2020

Celebrated World Class Dance at Wayne State University's December Dance Concert

Celebrated World Class Dance at Wayne State University's December Dance Concert

Maggie Allesee Theater and Dance Department, an annual program at the College of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and Communication, Wayne State University, celebrated its 90-year anniversary of Dancing in December. The 7 & 8th in the Music Hall Performing Arts Center of Detroit This year's show promises a variety of vibrant and dynamic works that have been the key to dance for decades. Dance students have the pleasure of working with various talented artists, including invited guests, respected faculty members and talented student choreographers.

Wayne State is proud to present Twyla Tharp 's "The One Face", a great celebration of Wayne' s 90th dance. Tharp, "One Hundreds", says that by two dancers, there are a hundred and eleven second episodes separated by four-second intervals between each segment … Each of the five people makes twenty different segments at the same time. One-fifth of the time is represented, and then every one of them every ten seconds, right? Shall we follow you? One-fifth of people represent all the statements in the twenty-five. Each one makes one person at the same time. In eleven seconds. "This famous work will join the Wayne Dancers to create a dynamic and exciting work of art for the 100 people in the Metro Detroit community.

Ballet's great Gerald Arpino's "Valentine" will be re-launched, directed by Dance, Meg Paul, and live music by Charles V. Paul. In the "Houston Chronicle", the solo solo double bass duet will be entertained by the solo, "a saucy, humorous, wacko … interaction between antagonists in a whimsical boxing ring." will rejoice.

Sangana, the African dance community of Wayne State, brings together exciting audiences with an African-inspired dance and drum performance that shows an inspiring, renewed, educated and entertaining performance. The company celebrates the rich cultural traditions of the African heritage as well as contemporary African American experiences.

Theater and Dance in Wayne is proud to present the work of guest artist Pilobolus in collaboration with RAS Mikey Courtney, a faculty member. In addition to the works of Eva Powers, Karen Prall, Jennifer Harge, Kristi Faulkner and alumnae Liz Schmidt, the current students also include choreographies of Leah O & # 39; Donnell, Rachel Andes and Maddy Petz. This could be sure to be an inspiring and uplifting dance night at Wayne State University, celebrating and celebrating the 90th anniversary of the dance. In addition to the opening night on December 7, there is a private reception at 6 am. Tickets for the concert and reception can be purchased online by visiting, by calling Theater & Dance in Wayne Box Office at (313) 577-2972 or at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. 39 by visiting the box office. Street.

About Wayne State University
Wayne State University is one of the country's leading public research universities in an urban environment. Thanks to the multidisciplinary approach in research and education and the ongoing cooperation with government, industry and other institutions, the university aims to increase economic growth and quality of life in Detroit, Michigan and all over the world. For more information on research at Wayne State University, visit

December Dance Concert

Choreographers: Mark Fucik and Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney (Allesee Artist in Residence 2018)
in collaboration with artists
Music: Nosaj Thing, Tycho and Dustin O & # 39; Halloran (Mixed: Dr. RAS Mikey C)
Dancers: Amanda Benjey, Isabella Brown, Natalie Cantalino, Renee Dempsey, Camryn Eaglin, Joella Fitzpatrick, Max Gold, Cydney Hunter, Arnell Kinney, Joseph Mattar, Kathryn McNarney, Brooklyn Park, Maddy Petz

Choreographer: Eva Powers
Composer: FIRST END
Dancers: Kaylee Adair, Rylee Aranosian, Eric Blovits, Olivia Bonich, Kendall Ciantar, Brianna Clark, Taylor Craft, Stephanie Dobra, Madelyn Duhr, Racquel Dunneback, Alexandra Failoc, Evie Gaines, Kayla Gonzalez, Emily Hooper

Choreographer: Kristi Faulkner in collaboration with dancers
Music: ley If You Want to Do It ya Lesley Gore
Dancers: Makena Junttonen, Olivia Kimes, Payton Kozlowski, Alex Lee, Andersen Liauw, Joseph Mattar, Lisa McCabe, Jessica Mossner, Samantha Penive, Jayda Powell, Alexis Rose, Brianna Schmidt, Devany Scott, Gabe Steffey

Choreographer: Karen Prall
Music: Black Coffee Ft. Toshi-Buya – Monique Bingham Deep at the Bottom
Dancers: Micah Bolden, Brianna Clark, Taylor Crafts, Stephanie Dobra, Alyssa Grabinski, Olivia Kimes, Joseph Mattar, Alexis Rose

Choreographer: Leah O & # 39; Donnell
Music: Youtube uncredited: "Chorus Girls 1934", David Chernyavski: "Tsu Der Hupe / A Redi / Karak hod", Lakatos: "Klezmer Csardas", Fanny Brice: "Sewing Machine Song", Benny Weinbeck: "Body and Soul" , Florence Meltzer: "Body and Spirit", Anonymous: "Emotional Journey", instrumental. Music Created by Leah O & # 39; Donnell
Dancers: Kaylee Adair, Amanda Benjey, Olivia Bonich, Natalie Cantalino, Taylor Crafts, Racquel Dunneback, Kayla Gonzalez, Emily Hooper, Jessica Mossner, Maddy Petz, Jayda Powell, Gabe Steffey

Choreographer: Rachel Andes
Music: Claude de Lune by Debussy
Dancers: Amanda Benjey, Hannah Bialecki, Renee Dempsey, Joey Mattar, Hannah Rittmueler, Shannon White

Choreographer: Gerald Arpino
* Courtesy of the Arpino Foundation at the Joffrey / Arpino Festival celebrations
Staged by Meg Paul
Composer: Jacob Druckman; Double bass musician; Charles V. Paul
Dancers: (December 7) Amanda Zawisza, Brandon Koepsell; (8 December) Natalie Cantalino, Brandon Koepsell

Choreographer: Twyla Tharp
Benjamin Bowman (Hosted by Allesee Artist 2018)
Dancers, Rachel Andes, Hannah Bialecki, Olivia Bonich, Isabella Brown, Haley Candela, Taylor Craft, Rachel Dunneback, Kayla Gonzalez, Emily Hooper, Cydney Hunter, Abby Niemi, Joseph Mattar, Christy McAuliffe, Mady Petz, Lena Shuptar Ashley Taravella, Shannon White, Amanda Zawisza, Juliana Zuech
Dance Captain / Understudy: Amanda Benjey
Understudy: Max Gold

Choreographer: Maddy Petz
Music: "She is a Handsome Woman" by Panic! at the disco
Dancers: Abby Givens, JoElla Fitzpatrick, Hannah Rittmueler, Amanda Zawisza, Katy McNarnie

Choreographer: Jennifer Harge
Music: Bobby McFerrin, Steve Reich, Mike's Wall, Brooklyn Parks;
arr. By Jennifer Harge
Dancers: Kristine Anderson, Rachel Andes, Kendell Burks, Renee Dempsey, Dominique
Denson, Maxwell Gold, Kyrah Gradford, Gabby Heabeart, Emily Hill, Cydney Hunter, Brooklyn Parks, Sarah Renko, Lena Shuptar, Juliana Zuech

Choreographer: Liz Schmidt
Music: Julianna Barwick's "Back to Home",
"First Self-Portrait Series" by Rachel Grimes
Dancers: Amanda Benjey, Hannah Bialecki, Sara Burman, Haley Candela, Natalie Cantalino, Camryn Eaglin, Kayla Gonzalez, Emily Hooper, Christy McAuliffe, Madeline Petz, Hannah Rittmueller, Molly Sute, Ashley Taravella, Shannon White

Choreographer: Danys "La Mora" Perez
Musicians: Chinelo Amen-Ra and Basira Norris
Dancers: Cameron Blackwell, Micah Bolden, Leah Brown, Taylor Craft, Olivia Kimes, Devany Scott, Anthony Toney


Stage Manager, Jocelyn Levadoux
Assistant Stage Director, Sally Bremer
Costume Designer, Tony Toney
Lighting Designer Andrew Holderfield
Sound Designer, Aidan Smith
Assistant Lighting Designer, Megan O & # 39; Brien


RACHEL ANDES (Not Yet, It's OK to Go) A place in the subway Detroit. She is currently teaching dance at the renowned Wayne State University. She works as a BFA student at the university and is also the Vice President of the Dance Workshop for the student dance group. Rachel is excited to present her work at the 2018 Annual December Dance Concert.

Gerald Arpino (Valentine) was born in Staten Island, New York, and died in Chicago in 2008. She took her early dance training in Seattle by Mary Ann Wells. He co-founded Joffrey Ballet in 1956 with Robert Joffrey, and served as Assistant Professor for many years. Upon Joffrey's death in 1988, Arpino succeeded him as Artistic Director. In 1995, he moved Joffrey Ballet to Chicago. Arpino, a leading dancer with his company in his early years, retained his first work for Ropes in 1961. Soon after, he became the choreographer of Joffrey and so far created more than a third of the company's repertoire. His unbelievably diverse work ranges from social interpretations to pure dance jewels. Ballet in the repertoire of companies around the world. Arpino is the first choreographer assigned to the creation of a ballet honoring The Pantages and Palace Present Two-A-Day. San Antonio, Jamboree, was the first American to be commissioned to choreograph a ballet for a city. In 1993, Arpino prepared for America's first full evening rock ballet, Billboards, Prince music. In addition, Arpino is the only choreographer to perform his work in the White House. Arpino has served on numerous boards and councils, including the national advisory council of the ITI / USA International Ballet Competition and the board of the Dance Notation Bureau. He was a member of the Art Advisory Committee of the New York International Arts Festival. He served as advisor to the Artists Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors.

BENJAMIN BOWMAN (Twyla Tharp's The One Hundred) began dancing through a social program initiated by the Ballet Department of North Carolina School of Art (UNCSA), Sonja Tyven and later Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden, Gina Vidal Frank Smith and Gyula Pandi. While attending training with the staff of Kansas City Ballet, he attended several summer sessions in San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet School (SAB). Following his second year in the SAB, UNCSA as a full-length student, Bowman accepted to participate in the Kansas City Ballet in 1986 and later joined the Fort Worth Ballet in 1988. In 1990 he became a lead dancer. In 1993, he left New York City Ballet, the Corps Ballet and many other soloists in the spring of 2000. After NYCB, Bowman was invited to a group of dancers selected by Twyla Tharp. It was brought together to create two new works for the American Dance Festival. Twyla's hit Broadway show set the sound of Billy Bowman's music, while the band continued to go on tour and run for two years while producing the material that was the foundation for ini Movin 39 Out. "James". Post- "Movin 'Out," Mr. Bowman worked as a freelancer for a number of choreographers and worked extensively with Martha Clarke on the revival of Obie's award-winning "The Earth of Delight Garden." Mr. Bowman lives in New York and is a teacher, a choreographer, and both are acting and represented by Access Talent as a voice actor. Since 2010 he has been working for Twlya Tharp Dance Foundation.

DR. RAS MIKEY COURTNEY (Converge) is a critically acclaimed dance professional whose mission in life is to spread the universal understanding of societies and cultures around the world, by sharing the concept of art. RAS is currently Assistant Professor at Wayne State University and holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Arts in Philadelphia and a Master's Degree in Ethnocoreology from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Research. RAS has traveled extensively as an artist / choreographic collaborator for over a decade with Pilobolus, and is also a Multifaceted Entertainment Company (F.I.V.E.) LLC of Fore Im in the US, Ethiopia, Ireland and other countries around the world. "Motion is life and I'm a Lifesaver"

KRISTI FAULKNER is a Detroit-based choreographer, performer, director, educator and activist. Kristi Faulkner Dance Art Director – A queer-renowned contemporary dance company in Detroit who dares to be different. From warehouses to community centers, from museums to the middle of the street, Faulkner aims to reach the dance world and strengthen them. Faulkner is known for the extremely physical and humorous theatrical works that challenge and challenge ideas about sentimentality, power, authority, disgust, attraction and objectification while representing the LGBTQ identity in a real way. Community engagement and cooperation are an integral part of its practice. His work has been commissioned and presented in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky and New York. Faulkner is the 2018 Maggie Allesee Choreography Prize, a finalist for "Women's Work" and the 2016 finalist for "OBject / obJECT". He received the 2017 MCACA New
Leader Award. The Knight Art Competition project, which he won, invited LGBTQ youth to combine and inspire in October 2018 with performance and storytelling titled "Not in My House".

MARK FUCIK (Converge) is a native of Walnut Creek, California. She received her BA in Drama Arts from Rutgers University. Mark joined Pilobolus in 2001 and danced with the parent company until 2005. Pilobolus worked as a faculty member with Creative Services working in many different capacities and served as Associate Creative Director. For two years, he was on tour with Shadowland roster as a Dance Captain and Creative Director.

JENNIFER HARGE (Paradise and Its Place, 2013) is a Detroit-based movement artist, choreographer and educator. His creative work insists that the darkness be honored in a written way, often on a misunderstood or unrecognized date. Harge was recognized by various institutions in the country as choreography, performance and residence invitations: Dayton Contemporary Dance Society, Detroit Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Pulitzer Art Foundation,
Washington National Cathedral, Atlantic Art Center, Djerassi's Built-in Artists Program, University of Michigan, Duke University and Wayne State University. In 2017, he received the Kresge Arts Award in Performance Art at the Detroit Fellowship.

LEAH She studied at Joffrey Ballet School, DONNELL. The Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera, danced with musicals and tours. Other loans include Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show, Traktö, Beyonce and more.

MADDY PETZ is a senior BFA dance. During her years at the Department, alongside Dance Workshop, Sangana and Company One, she also joined the musical theater productions Oklahoma! and legally blond. Maddy is very excited to have her skin tone trimmed with Wayne State Concert last December.

Meg Paul (Valentine) has an important professional experience in ballet and Broadway performance as well as at national level teaching and has worked closely with prominent dance pioneers and choreographers in this field; From the repertoire of Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey, to the work of Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden and Alonzo King. Her 30-year career includes a wide range of national and international experiences in the areas of performance, choreography, orientation, teaching, program development, community participation and art management. Previously, she was a lead dancer including the world-famous Joffrey Ballet, with the company including national and international tour credits. From 2001 to 2005, she was cast as captain and protagonist for Twyla Tharp's Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Movin & # 39; s Out. His extensive credentials are highly calibrated and his awards include The Princess Grace Award, International Competition in America, the Detroit Renaissance Hero Award, the Sue Achievement Faculty Achievement Award and the Copperfoot Award. Paul has worked as the director of the highly successful Detroit Complexions Summer Intensive and the departmental Dance Workshop. Currently, Ms. Paul serves as the Director of Dance for the episode and the BFA consultant and coordinator of dance development and ballet curriculum.

EVA HEARTS (Survey Area and Finding Time), Former Head of Department Dance Professor, guest artist, national and international choreographer / master teacher took part. In his early years in Wayne, he often directed and choreographed the WSU Dance Workshop / Company, which created original works on more than 50 artists collaborating with visual artists and composers. His current research interests focus on dance science, medicine and dance education. Presented his research
To teach master classes at the national and international level in Europe at the Dance Master Class, Stott Pilates International and the International Dance Medicine and Science Association and National Dance Education Organization conferences.

KAREN PRALL (Courage, To Sangana) is an instructor / professor of African and modern dance training since 2000 at Wayne State University. W.S.U. "Sangane & # 39; or". Prall's education began at Finney High School in Detroit. She studied African and Modern Dance at the Ailey School, Harlem Dance Theater and LaMama Theater. Over the past year we have conducted extensive research in Cuba in his last 3 years of independent study in travel to Congo, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Suriname, Paris, Maui. The stage with the first Congolese company and "Michigan Bichini Bia Congo" in the "Tanawa" states. Art Director and founder of the Movement Dance Theater Art. She's a member of the International Blackse Dance Club. Pralle; The most important values ​​of culture are dedicated to the idea that young people are holding the key to the future of our society while transforming their students into Congolese dancing styles to better understand the relationship between dance and culture. It appears in his work.

LIZ SCHMIDT (TBD) has served as Artistic Director of Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield, Michigan since 2000. During his tenure at SDW the professional training program has turned into a dignified status.
He is the winner of Kuzey Top 20 Studios ”in North America, named after Dance Spirit Magazine in 2011. A year later, he followed up this success with Liz's Dance Teacher Magazine, 2012's Dance Teacher Award. She has also been a finalist in the Capezio ACE Awards 2012 and 2013 for choreographic excellence, and was recently selected by Wayne State University for her Art Performance Award 2012-2013. She received her BA from Wayne State University in 2004. She has served as a faculty member at Wayne State University and University of Michigan, and also as a guest lecturer at Oakland University and University of Western Michigan. In 2007, she attended dance classes as a full dance school.
He has also benefited from guest teaching and mentoring at many workshops and studios in the United States and Canada. In the spring of 2016, Liz earned her the title of Mother to Black Violet Mazurkiewicz, her beautiful, smart and stupid daughter.

Twyla Tharp After graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred and sixty works: one hundred and twenty-nine dance, twelve television films, five Hollywood films, four full-size ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure skates. routines. He also wrote three books. He received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, America Vietnam Presidents Award, 2004 National Art Medal, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Award, and the 2008 Kennedy Center of Honor Award. His many grants include John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to choreographing for his company Twyla Tharp Dance, he has created for dances
Companies around the world continue to do their work. Today, Ms. Tharp continues

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