Performances & Events

Complex Rhythms


Friday, February 8, 2019 8:00PM
Power Center

Complex Rhythms
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Department of Dance
Choreography by guests Jawole Willa, Jo Zollar, and Jennifer Harge;
and faculty Bill DeYoung and Robin Wilson

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Student $12 with ID

The Department of Dance presents an evening that celebrates the intricate way in which dance and music combine. Complex Rhythms features three new creations and the re-staging of a noted twentieth-century masterpiece. This dance concert explores the interaction between rhythm and bodies, as well as sound and expression.


Shelter, created in 1988 by Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, is an unsentimental commentary about homelessness and disenfranchisement that the New York Times says “is so filled with compassion and anger that it becomes a powerful incantation against the evils of obliviousness and neglect.” Jennifer Harge, Artistic Director of Harge Dance Studios, is an alumna, lecturer, and 2018 inaugural winner of the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists in New York. She was also recently honored as a Visual Arts Fellow by Kresge Arts in Detroit. Harge’s work lies at the intersection of movement, performance art, African-American culture, and choreographies of protest.


Faculty choreographer Robin Wilson's new work 7 x 12 and a Little Bit of Cha-Cha is full of color and life, inspired by Cuban rhythms. Wilson's dance will include live music from Straight Ahead, an eclectic and innovative jazz group from Detroit.


In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, faculty member Bill DeYoung sets a new work to Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs (1955).


Watch an excerpt of Shelter performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance company at: youtube.com