Eastern Michigan's Visions concert to offer innovative styles ranging from contemporary and classical ballet to modern dance, jazz and hip-hop

by Pamela Young, Published January 13, 2014

YPSILANTI - Contemporary and classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip-hop will set the stage for “Visions: The 62nd Annual Faculty & Guest Artist Concert,” January 17 – 18, at 8 p.m. and January 19 at 2 p.m. at Eastern Michigan’s Quirk Theatre, located at the corner of Jarvis and Ann Streets in Ypsilanti. Parking is across the street from the theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and can be bought through www.emutix.com or by calling 734.487.2282.

Eastern Michigan dancers, known for their innovative style, will perform at the Visions concert

Eastern Michigan artists and guest artists include:

  • Wendi DuBois, artistic director of Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan, who will offer “Grand Pas de Deux,” from the ballet Don Quixote, and the contemporary piece “so will I wonder…?” that explores a glimmer of hope behind utter darkness.
  • Kathy King, guest artist, will explore contemporary jazz movement inspired by the sensory overload experienced during emergencies.
  • Travis Staton-Marrero, guest artist, will present a hip-hop and modern dance program called “Asylum,” which deals with the inner workings of a psychopath’s brain and how these people exist throughout society.
  • Thayer Junotz and Ali Woerner, guest artists, offer a work entitled, “Drifter.” The all-female cast will display constant connections with the starkness of a solo drifter.
  • Barbara Selinger, co-founder of the Detroit Dance Collective, will present, “Without Words,” a series of conversations that make significant, non-verbal connections through physicality.
  • Laura Zimmerman, guest artist, will offer “Knot,” in which there is a tangling and untangling of movement and sound on a visual landscape set to popular love songs from the past and present.
  • Phil Simmon, EMU faculty member, will present a musical theatre performance entitled, “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” a character piece inspired by the Disney movie, “The Little Mermaid.”
  • Chloe Gray, EMU dance major and student choreographer, will present “Uterus=Hysteria,” a work that covers the subject of female hysteria and how, in extreme cases, women were forced into an asylum to have a hysterectomy.
  • Lisa Renee, EMU dance major, will present an innovative piece entitled, “shifts.” She is known for her choreographic games that develop a dancer’s movement.

The concert is sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Department of Music & Dance.

Pamela Young

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