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Dancing back: Aku Kodogo sees her hometown anew

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The dream of becoming a dancer led Aku Kadogo away from Detroit a year after graduating from Cass Tech High School. After more than three decades of achieving that dream and numerous others — more than most would dare to dream — she returned home to teach another generation what she had ...[MORE]

Method to madness: Behind the scenes with Malcolm Tulip, our best and most bewildering clown

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 8/13/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The theater lights dim and a casual crowd in linen and sandals finds its seats, winding up conversations about cancer treatments that aren't working and where they're going for dinner. As rear ends wriggle then settle across the room, images flash onto a shabby curtain: a double-decker bus, anatomic...[MORE]

Fire on stage: Two worlds collide in dance

By Joanna McNamara

Published: 3/26/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Germaine Acogny have a couple of things in common: their African heritage and their successes as renowned choreographers for reputable dance companies. Add one more credit to that which they share: Recently they've been shaking up the dance scene with "Les Écaille...[MORE]

Black squiggles and blobs in space: Designer gives dancers tire-tube waists and lumpy backs

By Joanna McNamara

Published: 2/27/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Dissonant sounds, oscillating from somewhere within the heart of the huge room at MOCAD, provide a jarring, abstract soundtrack for the motion and asymmetry of Kawakubo's garments. The music is Takehisa Kosugi's score for the 1997 dance "Scenario," by reknowned modern and contemporary choreog...[MORE]

Controlled silence: The body's voice in expressed in calculated, angular movement

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 2/13/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

It takes a high level of physical control to operate, and emote, in stillness. The spinning jetés of ballerinas might dazzle, the "fallap-ball-change" of tappers delight, but the detached, otherworldly movements seen in Nina Materialize Sacrifice are unsettling, mesmerizing and powerful. Like ...[MORE]

To live and die in dance: Triumph in the East with stories to tell

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 10/17/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

With distended belly and lice-filled hair, a starved, orphaned girl was transformed into a celestial nymph through dance. Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, who lost her father and brother during the bloody Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-1979, learned the courtly arts performed 1,000 years ago in the Cambodian e...[MORE]

Dance in Detroit? Say what?: Meet Music Hall’s Meg Paul and her hit-of-a-husband, Vince

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 9/19/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Surreal. From a primordial darkness, fluorescent, skeletal figures stalk forward. Glowing green, they take the shape of snakes, of sea creatures and of dinosaurs, dancing across a blacked-out stage. It's just engineering, not a mishap with a hallucinogen: Flexible electroluminescent wires ...[MORE]

A mind for dance: Merce Cunningham's multiple inspirations plug into the Power Center.

By George Tysh

Published: 2/10/1999

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

As we sit before a bonfire or a waterfall, our eyes follow the changing shapes of flame or foam, so unique every second, yet so hypnotically familiar. This is a pleasure which continues as long as we let it, as long as we pay attention. Somehow the violence of burning wood or flowing water is a co...[MORE]

Tease with tension: How Rufus Wainwright scored Stephen Petronio’s ‘BLOOM’

By Chris Handyside

Published: 2/14/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

How does a successful modern dance choreographer go about convincing songwriting wunderkind Rufus Wainwright to compose a score for a new work? It doesn't hurt to start with his mom. In the case of choreographer Stephen Petronio, Wainwright's mother — singer Kate McGarrigle — was perf...[MORE]

Painting the stage: Dayton's dancers bring Lawrence to life

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 2/7/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Choreographers put novels, poems, even legends on stage, but it is rare to make dances from an artist's paintings. Jacob Lawrence is an artist who, in his depictions of everyday life, expresses intense emotion and movement. His bright and lively urban scenes are populated by statuesque, exager...[MORE]

Belly booty

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 11/8/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

It's an interesting juxtaposition.You hear the word "superstar," and you think Champagne and spotlights, you think Jem and the Holograms, you think Molly Shannon's armpits. Hear the term "belly dance," and it's dish-sized sequins, middle-aged white women, tit tassels and a dimpled gut wobble. ...[MORE]

Graham ascendant: New leader revives a famed (and troubled) dance company

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 10/11/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Just like a Greek goddess in one of her renowned dances, defying the gods, legs splayed, torso close to the ground, Martha Graham’s spirit has transcended time. The modern dancer and choreographer lives on in legend, still celebrating on the stage with the current incarnation of the Martha Graham Da...[MORE]

Legends reborn: Two old-school Detroit dames worshipped for a weekend in Vegas

By Sarah Klein

Published: 6/7/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The setting is the tarnished glitter of Fremont Street in old Las Vegas. Dozens of young women mill in front of the Celebrity Theatre, their pin-curled hair bedecked in feathers, their sequined gowns winking under the neon lights that dance along the street. Among the tattooed neo-pinups and w...[MORE]

Down-home modern: Ailey's groundbreaking troupe dances on

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 5/24/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

It was the first time for many Detroiters, and most of America: lithe young dancers performing modern moves with a difference. Their hips and shoulders had an attitude out of the deep South, the ghetto or a smoky late-night club, but definitely not a dance studio. The year was 1968, the Alvin A...[MORE]

Fire flight: Roni Benise's improbable combo of Vegas show and Spanish guitar

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 5/10/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Some have described Roni Benise's Nights of Fire! as a cross between Latin Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil. The man himself, who's in the middle of his first national tour, chooses to describe his performance as the "United Nations of music." No matter what you call it, Benise's Nights of Fire...[MORE]

The Odissi-philes

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 4/12/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Mick Jagger dropped by, and so did modern dance mavens Paul Taylor and Mark Morris. They all showed up in Bangalore, India, to visit Nrityagram, the artistic community that gives its name to a dance company. The name, quite literally, means dance ('nritya') village ('gram'), says Surupa Sen, ...[MORE]

More than love: Kylián proves ballet can be about other things

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 4/5/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

"The Jiri Kylián ballets are not banal stories of 'I love you, why don't you love me?' They're beautiful paintings in lighting, costumes and music," says Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. And this weekend, the Detroit Opera House hosts the bigg...[MORE]

Flame on!: How a festival in the desert sparked Fire Fabulon

By Sarah Klein, Monica Price

Published: 3/15/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Normally the Ukiyo Dojo, a modest space in an industrial stretch of Warren, is filled with kids and young adults tossing out flying kicks and precise punches. Friday nights, however, are a bit different. Starting around 8:30, a stream of bizarre characters begins trickling in, hauling light-up...[MORE]

Dances with Ives: Peter Sparling meets the New England modernist

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 3/15/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

For a long time, dancer and choreographer Peter Sparling has had an affinity for prewar America. Before coming to Ann Arbor some 22 years ago, he was a featured dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed as a preacher in "Appalachian Spring," inspired by early 20th century ...[MORE]

Sail away: Pappa Tarahumara takes us on a voyage through time

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 2/22/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Sensuous images, childhood memories and scuttling creatures come out to play in A Ship in a View, an event by the Japanese troupe Pappa Tarahumara that blends dance, music and theater into a multimedia performance. A large pole represents a ship on a shore; its silk flag flutters in a breeze. ...[MORE]

Dance music: A salute to faculty composers at U-M

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 2/1/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

One of the "Big 10" when it comes to music as well as football, the University of Michigan is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its School of Music this year. This weekend, the University Dance Company salutes the music school with dances set to music by nationally and internationally k...[MORE]

Amazing feet: José Limón’s company dances on decades after his death

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 1/11/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

It took bare feet and a lot of guts. Since its inception in the early 20th century, the modern dance movement has made its mark as a rebellion staged against classical dancing, against all the corps of dancers who perform in unison en pointe, with flowing arms, long, extended legs and airborne ...[MORE]

The great tapping machine: Savion Glover stomps into town

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 11/16/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

If you thought that tap dance as a popular art form was dead, before you go to the funeral you may want to catch Savion Glover in Classical Savion at the Detroit Opera House this weekend. Glover — rhymes with lover — has been infusing tap dancing with new life. This 90-minute show of ...[MORE]

Beauty in motion: Flamenco flourishes in southwest Detroit

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 11/2/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

Valeria Montes sends the clear message to her students: Flamenco is not easy. If you want to learn the dance, expect it to challenge you, to command your respect.Then expect it to transform you. Montes’ aura is strong; her students, young and old, are rapt and try their best to emulate h...[MORE]

Detroit’s ballsy ballerina : Christopher Leadbitter wants to save the city — and the world of dance

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 9/7/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

On a Sunday afternoon, the camp factor is way higher than the drop ceiling at Miss Barbara’s Dance Centre in Birmingham, where choreographer Christopher Leadbitter is getting a dozen dancers ready for their next big show. Crouched in a corner of the room, near a pile of red- and silver-seq...[MORE]

Leaping over land: Touring Michigan and talking dance with Peter Sparling

By Michael Jackman

Published: 8/17/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

After choreographing more than 100 dances and running his own company for more than a decade, Peter Sparling knows dance. A third-generation Michigander, he left Detroit for New York in the late ’60s, studied at The Juilliard School and became a disciple of American modern dance greats Jo...[MORE]

Paradise Regained: Detroit’s legends of burlesque reminisce

By Sarah Klein

Published: 8/3/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

They called her The Body. She was built like a double order of pancakes — sweet and stacked. The only light in the room bathed her as she emerged from a thick velvet curtain, incandescent, platinum hair piled high on her head. As the band struck up a slow, seductive wail, her intricately b...[MORE]

Leg work: Young dancers get tough lessons at Detroit Opera House

By Melanie Seasons

Published: 7/20/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

In a crowded studio on Wayne State University’s campus, 50 ridiculously flexible kids watch an instructor show a young dancer just how much higher her leg extension could be. The toned pre-teen scrunches her face in pain as her teacher guides her leg from the front to the back in a half-cir...[MORE]

The last word on tango: The dance of love isn’t what you think. Ask Dr. Thompson.

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 3/16/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

In about 30 minutes, Yale art history professor Robert Farris Thompson wrecks practically every conventional wisdom about the Latin dance of love, the tango. For starters, it wasn’t always a dance between two people. Also, the best male dancers learn their moves with other men. And it may have tak...[MORE]

Breakin’ it down: Resurgence of lock and pop puts the hop back in hip hop

By Tamara Warren

Published: 5/12/2004

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

On a fateful, blustery Friday night, Mike Robinson of Rochester headed to St. Andrew’s Hall in downtown Detroit, where the avid b-boy often goes to show off his skills. MTV was holding a breaking competition, searching for dancers a cut above the rest. Not only did Robinson win, beating many of...[MORE]

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