Magazine article Dance Magazine

Detroit Dance Collective

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Detroit Dance Collective

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DETROIT DANCE COLLECTIVE MUSIC HALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS DETROIT, MICHIGAN APRIL 8, 2000

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, Detroit Dance Collective is one of the longest-running dance companies in Michigan. Founded in 1980 by four graduates of Wayne State University's dance programs, the company has become known for its innovative programming, its collaborations with artists in other disciplines, and the dazzling energy of its dancers.

Now under the artistic direction of two of the founding members, Paula Kramer and Barbara Selinger, the company presented one premiere plus a retrospective of five other works for this anniversary concert. One of these, Kramer's Travelers on the Same Road, dates back to 1982, but sadly this dramatic protest against violence wreaked by war is just as pertinent today.

By contrast, Selinger's new work overflowed with joyous humor. Passing Through, which received its premiere at this concert, was a lively, zany piece for the whole company, set to the music of Bach. Here, as in many of Selinger's dances, hands often initiated movement. A roll of a wrist sent ripples down an arm, which in turn swept a body into motion, until leaping, turning dancers filled the stage. The slow movement was no less gleeful, as the group clustered to form a living sculpture, and two dancers' faces suddenly popped through the openings of arms and legs.

Kramer's La Puerta (1994), the opening work on the program, was inspired by the paintings of Detroit artist Mel Rosas. …

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