Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cycle Sustained: Two Plays by Samuel Beckett

CYCLE SUSTAINED: Two Plays by Samuel Beckett
Directed by: Jessica Bonenfant

Sunday, December 12 
both plays will be performed on both programs
discussion to follow 
Betty Pease Studio Theater
1310 N. University Ct
Ann Arbor, MI
(The Betty Pease Studio Theater is Studio A in the Dance Building, on Central Campus)
What Where
Performed by: Emily Hanley, Alexandra Madda, April Moreau & Laura Zimmerman 

Act Without Words II
Performed by: Paul Manganello & Sango Tajima 

Sound design by: William Stanton 
Lighting design by: Mary Cole 
For further information contact: jessbon@umich.edu

Beneath the Concrete at the CAID Detroit 12/10 & 12/11 2010

Please join me for the opening of my show this weekend! :

A dark comedy about disaster and the media, incorporating elements of physical theater, 
puppetry, mask performance, sound, stop motion animation and dance. 
 Based on an actual earthquake that took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on
May 27, 2006. 

Written and Directed by Emilia Javanica 
Audio Architecture and Performance by Alvin Hill 
Prop Design by Julia Klein and Emilia Javanica 
Performances by Patrick Elkins, Brian Rosenthal, Carisa Bledsoe, Kelsey
Lappa and Emilia Javanica 
Costumes by Reed Esslinger 
and Lighting by Joey Ostrander 

Performances at:

$10 suggested donation 
*All ticket proceeds will be donated directly to Posko Tutungan, an independent organization 
in Yogyakarta, Indonesia working to help victims of the recent Mt. Merapi volcanic eruptions. 

I hope to see you all there! It should be a fun event. 
Thank you, 

Emilia Javanica

Monday, November 8, 2010

Professor Olga Taxidou at UofM

The Context for Classics interdisciplinary workshop will be hosting Olga Taxidou, professor of performance studies, University of Edinburgh, during the week of November 15th.

Professor Taxidou's publications include:
-The Mask: A Periodical Performance by Edward Gordon Craig (London, NY: Harwood/Routledge: 1998)
-Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning (Edinburgh: EUP, 2004)
-Modernism and Performance: Jarry to Brecht (London: Palgrave, 2007)

Her profile is available online at:

There are two events during her visit which may be of interest to you:

1) On Tuesday, November 16th, at 2pm we will host an informal graduate student workshop with Professor Taxidou. This will be an opportunity for those of us working on drama, theater and performance to share our work with each other and with Professor Taxidou, and to benefit from her scholarship and expertise. This will be an informal meeting over coffee and snacks [no work needs to be prepared or circulated in advance]. Please RSVP to saraej@umich.edu if you would like to attend.

2) On Wednesday, November 17th at 3pm, Professor Taxidou will give her public lecture: "Helenism & Modernist Performance" (see poster attached). This event will be held in 3222 Angell Hall.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sankai Juku Review

A wonderful review written by Sayan Battacharyya of the recent Sankai Juku performance has been posted on the UMS blog. Please follow this link to view the review: http://umsstudents.blogspot.com/2010/10/sankai-juku-last-sunday-oct-24.html.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sankai Juku

Ushio Amagatsu, director, choreographer, and designer
Saturday, October 23 | 8 pm
Sunday, October 24 | 2 pm

Power Center


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Join Us for Our First Meeting!!

Friday, Oct. 8 from 12-1pm, with a screening of shorts from Beckett on Film and post-screening discussion from 1-3pm. You can find the meeting at:

Room 180 Tappan Hall
855 South University
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1357
MAP: http://uuis.umich.edu/cic/map/central/index.cfm?region=B5

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Paul Taylor Dance Company: Oct. 7-9

Thursday, October 7 | 8 pm
Friday, October 8 | 8 pm
Saturday, October 9 | 8 pm

Power Center  (http://ums.org/s_current_season/artist.asp?pageid=588)

*Also, don't miss a discussion about Paul Taylor's work hosted by the Dance Department on Wednesday, Oct. 6:  

American Dance Legacies: Paul Taylor Across the Decades – Panel Discussion  
Wednesday, Oct 6, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State Street

Sunday, September 19, 2010

DIG's Plans for the 2010-2011 School Year!

We're deep in the planning stages of DIG's events for the 2010-2011 school year. Here are some of the highlights:

Guest Visitors:
*Dr. Susan Haedick: Professor at Warwick University whose interests lie in
contemporary performance and dramaturgy focusing primarily on street
theatre, political performance, live art, and other performance in public
Panel Discussions:
*Theater for Social Change: Proposed panel members will include Jessica 'Decky' Alexander from EMU, Katherine, Mendeloff, Holly Hughes and William 'Buzz' Alexander from UM, Jeffrey Steiger from the CRLT Players, and members of Matrix Theater in Detroit. 
University Musical Society Events Collaborations
*Paul Taylor Dance Company
*Sankai Juku
*Merce Cunningham Dance Company
*Stew and the Negro Problem
*Laurie Anderson 
*Propeller: Richard III and The Comedy of Errors
Workshop Series
*A continuation of our workshop series for graduate student writing, this year expanding it to include opportunities for both verbal and nonverbal theater approaches.
Monthly Screenings
*Monthly screenings of dance, theater and video works that represent the interdisciplinary nature of theater and performance. Screenings will include work by Samuel Beckett, Maya Deren, Jan Svankmajer and Guy Maddin, along with documentaries on various pivotal world theater artists.
Group Field Trips
*Hopeful venues include Matrix Theater in Detroit, and Redmoon Theater and 500 Clown in Chicago.
***We're open to your ideas and suggestions! Please leave your comments here, or bring them to the next meeting!***