Wayne State University presents Move Deeply – The 86th Annual Spring Dance Concert at the Bonstelle Theatre

Adam McGaw and Kara Brody

Adam McGaw and Kara Brody

DETROIT – The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce Move Deeply, the 86th Annual Spring Dance Concert showcasing eight engaging and exciting dances by renowned guest artists, faculty, and select students. Performances are Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 – $20, with student rush tickets available for $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 313-577-2960, by visiting http://www.bonstelle.com, or by visiting the Wayne State University Theatre Box Office located at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Hancock St.

Move Deeply features the captivating and relentlessly energetic master work “Of the Earth Far Below,accompanied by live music and choreographed by the 2014-15 Allesee Artist in Residence, Doug Varone, the director of Doug Varone and Dancers in New York City.  Guest artist Amy Chavasse presents a new work on WSU dance students capturing the idea of being shaken out of the dull rhythms of routine. Meg Paul, faculty member at WSU Theatre, will incorporate scenic drops and contemporary ballet movement vocabulary to build striking stage images. Karen Prall enlivens the program with African dance and drumming with To Sangana. CompanyOne performs a dance by WSU alumnus Aaron Smith that was recently performed in Cleveland, OH as part of the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) theatre events.

The concert also features student choreographed dances selected by the faculty for performance at the 2015 Regional American College Dance Association conference, hosted by Ohio University in March. Seniors Samuel Horning and Dana Yordy present a duet inspired by ideas of consumer culture. Senior Adam McGaw and sophomore Ashlee Merritt perform a touching and viscerally kinetic duet about different experiences of a relationship. Another highlight, also choreographed by senior Samuel Horning, is a group dance investigating family dynamics and connection.

The Production Team

Jeff Rebudal (Dance Area Head),  Meg Paul (Artistic Director), Sean Hoskins (Dance Media & Production Coordinator), Mary Copenhagen (Costume Design), Heather DeFauw (Lighting Design), Amy Schneider (Lighting Design), Peter Lawrence (Sound Design), Allison Baker (Stage Manager), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), Patrick Field (Master Electrician), Amanda Schindler (Publicist)

The Bonstelle Theatre

The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style house with a 1,034-seat auditorium featuring a balcony and much of the original Beaux-Arts architecture. The Theatre was built as Temple Beth-El in 1902 and converted to the Bonstelle Playhouse in 1922.

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre & Dance has been a force on the national dance scene since the early 1900s, when Wayne State University was one of the first educational institutions to incorporate dance into its curriculum by founding director Ruth L. Murray. Today WSU students enjoy the dynamic atmosphere of a vibrant and diverse department that concentrates on performance, choreography, dance technology, and dance education. The dance program provides a wide range of national and international performance and choreographic opportunities for dance majors enriched by the dynamic cultural diversity of the City of Detroit.

The Bonstelle Theatre Company includes BA and BFA actors, designers, and stage managers in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of successful alumni like Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law and Order, Lackawanna Blues), Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, ABC’s Desperate Housewives), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, NBC’s Heroes).  For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, please call the box office at 313-577-2960 or visit the theatre’s website at http://www.bonstelle.com.

The Bonstelle Theatre, Where Wayne Plays.

About Wayne State University

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to over 26,000 students. The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is a vital division of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and carries on an 86-year tradition of leadership in dance education.

Calendar Information

Thursday 7:30 PM                            March 12
Friday 7:30 PM                                  March 13

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CELEBRATE! Student Choreographers: Meet Michelle Brock

Michelle - 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Michelle Brock – 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

To start, what is your name?

Michelle Brock

When did you begin your dance training?

I began dancing when I was just two years old and have been training ever since. I began to train intensively and competitively around the age of 8 in a variety of styles and continued until I was a senior in high school. Another aspect of my training came from touring and assisting for Tremaine Dance Conventions, which I began at the age of 14 under the direction of Joe Tremaine. I have studied under a number of different choreographers who have all influenced me to become the dancer that I am today.

When did you begin choreographing?

I didn’t start creating full works until I came to WSU, but growing up I always took an interest in creating dances for my school talent shows and other random, small projects. It really wasn’t until I took Choreography 1 at Wayne State that fully decided that I absolutely loved to choreograph.

What inspired the creation of your piece?

Striving for clarity to understand the world we are living in today, my latest work derives from the need to fulfill human connection.

How would you describe your movement style in 3 words?

Athletic, full‐bodied, and social.

What are your career goals beyond graduation (dance or other)?

Upon graduation, I plan on moving to New York in hopes of continuing my dream of dancing and choreographing in the professional realm.

What is your favorite style of dance?

My preferred choice of movement would be in the modern genre; however, I always love a good jazz or hip hop class to let loose and live a little every once in a while.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Dance has always been my vehicle of expression that has allowed my inner most thoughts to transform into the consciousness of the physical body. I dance to make sense of the world I live in and to make sense of the people I surround myself with. Informed by my training as an athlete growing up, my movement is full bodied and carves through the entirety of the dance space; establishing design and architecture throughout. As a choreographer, I am interested in interpreting social issues through the use of visual technologies, audio, and physical stimulation. My aims are to consciously provoke and stimulate thought that will leave the audience questioning and hoping for social change.

CELEBRATE! Student Choreographers: Meet Adam McGaw

Adam McGaw - The 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Adam McGaw – The 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

To start, what is your name?

My name is Adam Nicholas McGaw

When did you begin your dance training?

I started in dance/gymnastics when I was 5 years old. I didn’t really become serious in my training until around the age of 13

When did you begin choreographing?

I’ve been choreographing as long as I have been dancing. I have always been interested in making things. I knew that I wanted to be a choreographer for a long time now. I’ve always known that I’ve wanted to choreograph but I haven’t always been sure that I’ve wanted to dance.

What inspired the creation of your piece?

Several things. For one, my 3 dancers are my biggest inspiration for the piece. The piece would not be what it is without them. I wanted to create something that harnessed that their talents and individuality. I was also inspired by a piece of poetry written by Sylvia Plath entitled “Fever 103 Degrees” which focuses on themes of destruction and purity, two contrasting natures.

How would you describe your movement style in 3 words?

This is a hard one…..Visceral, detailed, and honest.

What are your career goals beyond graduation (dance or other)?

I want my own company, my own show. I would love to dance in a company as well, but mostly I want to create.

What is your favorite style of dance?

Contemporary

CELEBRATE! Student Choreographers: Meet Christina Chammas

Christina Chammas - 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert
Christina Chammas – 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

1. To start, what is your name?
Christina Chammas

2. When did you begin your dance training?
I have been dancing since I was four, but wouldn’t consider my actual “training” beginning until my freshman year of high school, when I started dancing multiple times a week (actually multiple times every day since I was going to a performing arts high school where I was taking dance classes as part of my curriculum)

3. When did you begin choreographing?
Also during my freshman year of high school. I started choreographing solos on myself as I was required to do for midterm or final projects for my dance classes at school. As I progressed through the classes, I began choreographing on other students and absolutely fell in love with it.

4. What is the name of your piece? Lucidity

5. What inspired the creation of your piece?
My piece is inspired by lucid dreams/dreams in general and the relationship and interaction that occurs between the conscious and subconscious mind, and trying to physicalize that relationship with human bodies.

6. How would you describe your movement style in 3 words?
Expressive, dynamic, and fluid.

7. What are your career goals beyond graduation (dance or other)?
Not too specific at this point in time, but I do want to move somewhere and dance with a company, travel and experience as much as I can, and hopefully finally start my own company and/or choreograph for a professional concert dance company.

8. What is your favorite style of dance?
Anything that I can connect with, that draws me in emotionally, that leaves me wanting to see more.

9. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just that I am excited and grateful that my piece is being performed (Since it is my first full length piece that I have choreographed as a student at WSU)!

PRESS RELEASE: The 84th Annual Spring Dance Concert

The Dance Concert is showing Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at the Bonstelle Theatre.

David Sherban and Shauna Cook.
The Dance Concert is showing Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at the Bonstelle Theatre.

DETROIT– The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University celebrates its 84th year of providing high-quality professional dance training, education, and performance opportunities. The department is pleased to announce their 2013 Spring Concert entitled Spark. There will be two performances, Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, both at 7:30pm at the Bonstelle Theatre in downtown Detroit. General admission is $12 for advance purchase. Tickets are available online at www.wsushows.com at the Box Office, located in the Hillberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Avenue at Hancock Street. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 2:00-6:00pm and opens 30 minutes prior to performances. The Bonstelle Theatre is located at 3424 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

Spark features a dynamic and diverse program of dance works by nationally renowned guest artists Papa Hanne, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Nycole Ray, and Ron Todorowski, WSU faculty members Jeff Rebudal, Meg Paul and Liz Schmidt, and select WSU student choreographers. Kamuyu, the 2012-13 Maggie Allesee Artist in Residence and dance captain of the Broadway show Fela!, offers when paradise shatters at its seams then what? – a powerful work that showcases dynamic movement and emotional connection. WSU’s To Sangana African Company delights with Hanne’s Senagalese-driven dance, and Dance Company One performs Nycole Ray’s touching and fluid Dreams. Todorowski’s captivating work Different Trains, selected to represent WSU at the American College Dance Festival and set to Steve Reich music, is a captivating layering reminiscent of a fast-paced city life, with dancers combining and diverging in striking solos and groups.

Faculty works include Jeff Rebudal’s Spero Meliora, inspired by Detroit’s culture and evolving landscape, Meg Paul’s high octane contemporary ballet FLUxX, and the driving and impassioned Doublespeak, choreographed by Liz Schmidt, recently chosen to receive the 2013 Wayne State University Arts Achievement Award for Career Achievement in the field of Dance presented by The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Strong student works complete the program, including, sophomore, Adam McGaw’s Siente and two pieces that highlight the dance program’s Digital Dance Curriculum. Senior, Michelle Brock’s An Inquiry of the Concrete pairs a live dancer with projected video. Brock was also chosen to represent her piece at the American College Dance Festival Association. Senior, William Charboneau’s Ephemeral Man takes a hilarious look at the overpowering influence of dance on the everyday man. Seniors, David Sherban and Ta’Rajee Omar screen Vista Love, an evocative dance for the camera that places dancers in a gritty, urban setting.

Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s cultural center, is a premier institution of higher education, offering more than 350 academic programs through 11 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students. The recently merged Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is a vital division of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and carries on a tradition of leadership in dance education.