UMS Dance Series Releases Schedule of Events for 25th Season

Next year, we're celebrating 25 years of UMS Dance Series, and we're thrilled to share the line up with you. Performances include ballet on the grandest possible scale with American Ballet Theater's The Sleeping Beauty, Young Jean Lee's cutting-edge Untitled Feminist Show, and stunning international dance with Sankai Juku, and so much more.

We think you'll enjoy exploring next year's season, and we hope to run into you at the performances and events (look for more information about workshops and events this fall!).

Killer Pig

October 3. L-E-V is an adventurous new ensemble of fiercely talented dancers, the culmination of years of collaboration between two Israeli creative superstars. The Jerusalem-born Sharon Eyal was muse, dancer, and choreographer at Batsheva where she spent 23 years under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin, whose Gaga technique she has adopted as her company's foundation.

Sankai Juku

UMUSUNA: Memories Before History

October 23-24. Over the course of the past 35 years, the work of Ushio Amagatsu for his company Sankai Juku has become known worldwide for its elegance, refinement, technical precision, and emotional depth. As one of the premiere choreographers at work in the world today, the arrival of a work by Amagatsu is a much-anticipated event in the North American dance landscape.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Works of William Forsythe

October 27. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns for a one-night-only program featuring choreography by William Forsythe. Raised in New York, Forsythe had a 20-year tenure as director of Ballett Frankfurt before starting his own company in Germany. He is one of the choreographers who changed ballet from its identification with 19th-century classical repertoire to a more dynamic, 21st-century art form.

Young Jean Lee's Theater Company

Untitled Feminist Show

January 21 & 23. "Young Jean Lee is, hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation." (New York Times) Six utterly charismatic stars of the downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds perform a fully nude, wordless celebration of identity. This exhilarating work uses a dizzying array of modes to shake up gender norms through movement and music, and to express ideas about conventional and unconventional roles and expectations.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Black Girl - Linguistic Play

February 13. A prolific choreographer who danced with Ronald K. Brown's Evidence, Rennie Harris's Puremovement, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Camille A. Brown brings her newest work to Ann Arbor for her UMS debut. Black Girl - Linguistic Playspeaks to the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture.

American Ballet Theatre

The Sleeping Beauty

March 31-April 3. UMS and Michigan Opera Theatre join forces to bring American Ballet Theatre's new production of The Sleeping Beauty to the Detroit Opera House. Choreographed by Marius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, this classic story ballet premiered 125 years ago at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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