Courtesy of Sari Cicurel / The Berman Center For The Performing Arts
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts will host, “Michigan Five: Choreographer Showcase,” Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8:00pm, highlighting the most outstanding and creative dance talent from colleges and universities through-out the state.
This year, the “Michigan 5”are: Oakland University, Hope College, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan.
“Michigan 5” is led by Greg Patterson, associate professor of dance at Oakland University and founder and artistic director of the Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company.
Patterson is thrilled to announce this year’s guest choreographers: Oakland University’s Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner with the set design created by Jeremy Barnett , Matt Farmer from Hope College, Western Michigan University’s David Curwen, Shawn Bible from Grand Valley State University, and from the University of Michigan, Jessica Fogel.
Elaine Smith, Managing Director of The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, looks forward to the return of this dance showcase to The Berman stage. “Every month, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts offers audiences the finest music, theatre and entertainment programs. This showcase of the universities is excellence in dance, “said Smith.
Oakland University, Thayer Jonutz: Things Happen Because I See
This collaborative project was choreographed by Oakland University’s Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner with the set design created by Jeremy Barnett. The piece explores human interaction in a variety of public spaces.
Hope College, Matt Farmer: due e una
The piece is a soft duet between two women (music by Arvo Part), and is influenced by the weight of oppressive darkness.
Western Michigan University, David Curwen: the lie
A strong modern work choreographed by WMU dance alum, Jacquelyn Nowicki, Music is by the Kronos Quartet, Music title: UNIKO.II.Plasma, Western Dance Project Dancers: Sam Assemany, Darryl Barnes, Jalisa Brown, Connor Cornelius, Alex Laya, Emily Rayburn, Sarah Rot, Alli Zajac
Grand Valley State University, Shawn Bible: Sacrificed
A contemporary pointe dance filling space with drums, silhouettes, and physicality. The intense process of ritual dance and sacrifice is portrayed.”
University of Michigan, Jessica Fogel: Hath Purest Wit: Anagrams for Eight Dancers and Thirteen Letters
The concert begins with a pre-show interactive lobby performance installation that transfers to the stage in choreographer Jessica Fogel’s Hath Purest Wit: Anagrams for Eight Dancers and Thirteen Letters. The interactive performance installation in the lobby invites you to translate what you see into words or sketches. What you see and interpret in the lobby is re-imagined onstage, not just through movement but also through music and text. Making and experiencing art form part of a buoyant, flexible, ongoing process.
Tickets to “Michigan Five: Choreographer Showcase,” on Saturday, March 9th at 8:00pm, are $21 Admission, $16 JCC Members, $12 for students and groups will pay $11 for tickets. For more information visit www.theberman.org or call the box office at (248) 661-1900.