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Within/Beyond: an evening of dance inspired by scientific research

Saturday, June 8, 2013
12:00 AM
Museum of Natural History

Ann Arbor Dance Works, in collaboration with the U-M Museum of Natural History, presents an evening of dances inspired by frontiers in scientific research. From the furthest reaches of space to the inner workings of a single cell, four choreographers find inspiration in cutting edge scientific research taking place at the University of Michigan and beyond. Featured in the performance will be premieres by NYC choreographer Edisa Weeks and resident choreographers Jessica Fogel, Peter Sparling and Robin Wilson.

Admission is $10. Advance tickets can be purchased in person or charged by phone at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO), located on the ground floor of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, (734) 763-8587. Tickets can also be purchased online at Tickets can be purchased at the door, but seating is limited and advance sales are encouraged.

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Featured in the performance will be a new work by NYC dance artist Edisa Weeks, inspired by the spiraling structures of DNA.

Choreographer and Artistic Director of Ann Arbor Dance Works Jessica Fogel premieres a dance inspired by the research of UM Associate Professor of Astronomy Sally Oey, whose focus is the role of massive stars in the evolution of galaxies. The dance will travel between the two-story lobby rotunda and the museum's intimate planetarium.

Thurnau Professor of Dance Peter Sparling offers a dancer's guide to cell biology that is both spoof and serious interdisciplinary research. Assisted by Dr. Dan Klionsky, U-M Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences, medical illustrator Dave Woodsell and composer Wendy Lee, Sparling and dancers provide movement models or dioramas for the museum's rotunda in the form of animated video projections, danced episodes and psychodramas freely interpreting the ongoing cellular process of autophagy, or "self-eating", the body's method of cleansing, recycling and defending against disease.

Choreographer Robin Wilson, Associate Professor of Dance at UM will choreograph and perform a new solo inspired by Rebecca Skloot's bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

These performances have received generous support from the U-M Gay Delanghe Endowment, the U-M Department of Dance, and the U-M Museum of Natural History.

Formed in 1985, Ann Arbor Dance Works is the resident professional dance company of the University of Michigan Department of Dance.

For more information, contact Jessica Fogel at, (734) 647-2289,or Ann Arbor Dance Works at

Also available on June 9, 8 pm.