Friends, we’ve had enough of your fear, your apathy and your lackadaisical attitude towards the arts. We live in a town chock full of talented folks who deserve an audience and the nationally acclaimed UM Dance Program features some of those folks in its Dance Up Close concert.
For those unsure about whether they are ready to take in a dance concert, this is the perfect time to stick your toe in the proverbial water as this concert features two separate programs made up of various dance styles. The programs alternate nightly, so if you find yourself gaga over one, you can take in the other program the following evening. Also, for you parents, the Saturday matinee is more kid-friendly than the evening performances. Styles of dance include contemporary ballet, lyrical dance, modern and improvisation, among others. According to Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Bradley Browning, the intimate concert is a “taste test of various choreographers different perspectives about dance,” and one that “showcases what each [choreographer] is researching right now.” (Full disclosure: Bradley Browning is the wife of the Indy’s editor.)
In some of the pieces the dancers perform within arm’s reach of the audience, giving viewers an opportunity to appreciate intricate movements that are sometimes lost in a larger theater. In other pieces, dancers perform a “chance dance,” in which the dancers know the order of events in the piece, but not who will perform the parts until minutes before going live. The works are meant to transport the audience and illustrate how dance can recreate an idyllic world or bombastic one. The close proximity of dancer to audience can only increase the visceral intensity of this most physical of arts.
WHAT: Dance Up Close
WHO: UM School of Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Wed., Dec. 4 through Sat., Dec. 8, at 7:30 PM and Sat., Dec. 8, at 2 PM
WHERE: Masquer Theatre, UM PARTV Center
HOW MUCH: $9/$6 children