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UMS Concert Program, Friday Feb. 18 To Mar. 13: University Musical Society: Winter Spring 2011 - Friday Feb. 18 To Mar. 13 --

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Season: Winter Spring 2011
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WinterSpring 2011 Season 132nd Annual Season
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Friday, February 18 through Sunday, March 13, 2011
Merce Cunningham Dance Company 5
Friday, February 18, 8:00 pm Saturday, February 19, 8:00 pm Power Center
Takacs Quartet 17
Sunday, February 20, 4:00 pm Rackham Auditorium
Kodo 23
Wednesday, February 23, 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 24, 11:00 am (Family Performance)
Hill Auditorium
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin 25
Wednesday, March 9, 8:00 pm Rackham Auditorium
Druid and Atlantic Theater Company 31
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Thursday, March 10, 8:00 pm Friday, March 11, 8:00 pm Saturday, March 12, 8:00 pm Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm Power Center
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Rosanne Cash
La Capeila Reial de Catalunya with
Hesperion XXI and
Tembembe Ensamble Continuo
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Family Performance
Mariinsky Orchestra with
Denis Matsuev, piano
Takacs Quartet: Schubert Concert 1
Jerusalem Quartet
Sankai Juku: Hibiki: Resonance from
Far Away
Venice Baroque Orchestra with
Robert McDuffie, violin
Django Reinhardt's 1OOth Birthday
Celebration: The Hot Club of San
Francisco and The Hot Club of Detroit
NT Live: A Disappearing Number
ONCE. MORE.: ONCE THEN ONCE. MORE.. ONCE NOW The Tallis Scholars Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan Assi El Helani Murray Perahia, piano Stew & The Negro Problem
Carolina Chocolate Drops Handel's Messiah
Winter 2011
NT Live: Hamlet
Laurie Anderson's Delusion
Renee Fleming, soprano
Grupo Corpo
Joanne Shenandoah
30 i Baby Loves Salsa Family Performances 30 I NT Live: FELA!
! The Cleveland Orchestra with i Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
i Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with ! Wynton Marsalis
4 ! New Century Chamber Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
i Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert i Johnson Centennial Concert
I Ratal Blechacz, piano
! Vijay Iyer Trio and Rudresh Mahanthappa's ! Apex
13 I Concertante with Ratal Blechacz, piano !-19 : Merce Cunningham Dance Company:
i The Legacy Tour
20 ; Takacs Quartet: Schubert Concert 2 20 NT Live: King Lear
23 Kodo
9 Scharoun Ensemble Berlin 1-13 ; Druid and Atlantic Theater Company: Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan
19 Detroit Symphony Orchestra with the ! UMS Choral Union: Mahler's Symphony No. 8 Canceled
24 Bach Collegium Japan:
Bach's Mass in b minor
Propeller: Shakespeare's Richard III and I The Comedy of Errors
2 St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Nikolai Lugansky, piano
I NT Live: Frankenstein
i Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Pineiro I de Cuba
Takacs Quartet: Schubert Concert 3
i Tetzlaff Quartet
16 Tony Allen's Afrobeat Tour
23 j Liebeslieder Waltzes (Songs and Waltzes of Love)
14 Break!n' Curfew
17 i NT Live: The Cherry Orchard
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Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Dance by Chance
Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19,
7-7:40 pm U-M Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher Street
Come learn about Merce Cunningham's choreographic process and how he used chance operations in his work, trying out the process yourself in a pre-performance warm-up facilitated by MCDC Company Manager Kevin Taylor.
Post-Performance Q&A
Friday, February 18, post-performance Power Center
Following Friday's performance, stay in your seats for a chance to ask questions about the repertoire performed in Ann Arbor and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's final season. Must have a ticket to Friday evening's performance to attend.
Druid and Atlantic Theater Company
Screening of Man ofAran
Sunday, March 6, 7:00 pm Keene Theater, U-M Residential College, 701 E. University Avenue
See the 1934 documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty that inspired McDonagh's A Cripple of Inishmaan. This screening will be preceded by a short performance by local Celtic music ensemble Nutshell.
A collaboration with the U-M Residential College Department of Drama.
Stories from the Islands: Behind the Scenes of The Cripple of Inishmaan
Monday March 7, 7:00 pm Multipurpose Room, Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch
Led by Residential College Drama Lecturer Martin Walsh, Stories from the Islands will center on playwright Martin McDonagh's role in Irish Drama, providing an overview of his work, The Cripple of Inishmaan. U-M acting students will perform several scenes from the play, setting the stage for a lively discussion. Druid Theater Com?pany's Sarah Lynch will join the conversation and describe the important role the company played in launching McDonagh's career.
Screening of In Bruges and Sixshooter
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 pm Keene Theater, U-M Residential College, 701 E. University Avenue
Join us for a screening of BAFTA Award-winning film In Bruges (2008, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson), a black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. McDonagh's Emmy-winning short, Sixshooter (2005, starring Brendan Gleeson, Ruaidhri Conroy, and David Wilmot) will also be screened.
A collaboration with the U-M Residential College Department of Drama.
and the
Maxine and Stuart
Frankel Foundation
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
The Legacy Tour
Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Julie Cunningham,
Emma Desjardins, Jennifer Goggans, John Hinrichs, Daniel Madoff,
Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Krista Nelson, Silas Riener,
Jamie Scott, Robert Swinston, Melissa Toogood, Andrea Weber
Merce Cunningham (1919-2009)
Founding Music Director John Cage (1912-1992)
Music Director Takehisa Kosugi
Director of Choreography Robert Swinston
Executive Director Trevor Carlson
Friday Evening, February 18, 2011 at 8:00 Saturday Evening, February 19, 2011 at 8:00 Power Center Ann Arbor
Squaregame (1976)
INTERMISSION Split Sides (2003)
44th and 45th Performances of the 132nd Annual Season
20th Annual Dance Series
The photographing or sound and video recording of this performance or possession of any device for such recording is prohibited.
This weekend's performances are sponsored by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
Media partnership is provided by Between the Lines. Metro Times, and Ann Arbor's 107one.
Special thanks to the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Professor Nicholas Delbanco and the U-M Department of English, Professor Joel Howell and the University of Michigan Health System, and the U-M Ross Leadership Initiative for their support of and participation in events surrounding this weekend's performances.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company appears by arrangement with David Lieberman Artist Representatives.
Large print programs are available upon request.
Squaregame (1976)
Choreography by
Music by
Decor and Costumes by
Merce Cunningham
Takehisa Kosugi, S.E. WaveE.W. Song
Mark Lancaster
Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Emma Desjardins, Jennifer Goggans, John Hinrichs, Daniel Madoff, Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Krista Nelson, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood, Andrea Weber
David Behrman, Jesse Stiles
First Performance: Festival Theater, Adelaide, Australia. March 24, 1976. Restaged by Robert Swinston (2009).
The revival of Squaregame was made possible through support from American Express and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Photo. Anna Finite
Squaregame: Jennifer Goggans, Brandon Collwes, Andrea Weber, and Daniel Madoff
Merce Cunningham
Radiohead, Sigur Ros
Robert Heishman, Catherine Yass
James Hall
James F. Ingalls
Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Emma Desjardins, Jennifer Goggans, John Hinrichs, Daniel Madoff, Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Krista Nelson, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Robert Swinston, Melissa Toogood, Andrea Weber
David Behrman, Jesse Stiles
First performance: Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music. October 14, 2003.
Each design element, including choreography, has been made in two parts either by one or two artists, or in the case of the music, by two bands. The order in which each design element is presented is determined publicly by chance procedure before the performance.
Split Sides was commissioned by the BITE: 04 Barbican, London and the Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN; and was co-commissioned by the Center Dance Association of the Music Center of Los Angeles County; the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY.
Split Sides was made possible, in part, by support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, Phyllis Wattis, and members of the New Works Commissioner's Circle, and through public support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Commissioning of the music for Split Sides was made possible by a gift from Jill F. Bonovitz.
Underwriting of decor by Catherine Yass was provided by Harriette and Noel Levine.
Coordination of concept and collaboration by Trevor Carlson.
Executive Director Music Director Director of Choreography Chief Financial Officer Director of Institutional
Advancement Director of Production Company Manager Sound Engineer and
Music Coordinator Lighting Director
Wardrobe Supervisor Production Assistant and
Carpenter Archivist Music Committee
Trevor Carlson Takehisa Kosugi Robert Swinston Lynn Wichern Tambra Dillon
Davison Scandrett Kevin Taylor Jesse Stiles
Shallenberg Anna Finke Pepper Fajans
David Vaughan David Behrman John King Takehisa Kosugi Christian Wolff
The Legacy Plan
The first of its kind in the dance world, the Cunningham Dance Foundation's precedent-setting Legacy Plan delineates the future of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) and ensures the preservation of Merce Cunningham's artistic legacy. The multifaceted plan includes the celebratory two-year Legacy Tour, which offers audiences a final opportunity to see the company Cunningham personally trained before it disbands at the end of 2011. The plan also supports career transition for the dancers, musicians, and staff who have invested their time and creative efforts into the realization of Cunningham's vision, and provides for the creation of digital "Dance Capsules" to preserve his work and bring it to life for future generations.
The Legacy Plan is supported by an $8-million capital campaign. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit
erce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) has had a profound impact on American art and the avant-garde since its founding in 1953. Guided by Merce Cunningham's radical approach to space, time, and
technology, the Company has forged a distinctive style, reflecting Cunningham's technique and illuminating the near limitless possibility for human movement. For more than 50 years, MCDC's collaborations with groundbreaking artists from all disciplines have redefined the way audiences experience the visual and performing arts.
MCDC was formed at Black Mountain College, and included dancers Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Paul Taylor, and Remy Charlip, and musicians John Cage and David Tudor. In its early years, the Company famously toured in a Volkswagen bus driven by Cage with just enough room for six dancers, the two musicians, and a stage manager, who was often Robert Rauschenberg. MCDC's first international tour in 1964--which included performances in Western and Eastern Europe, India, Thailand, and Japan--marked a turning point for the Company and initiated a constant stream of national and international engagements. In the years since, MCDC has inspired artists and audiences with innovative performances, serving as an ambassador for contemporary American culture around the world.
In addition to its influence in the world of dance, MCDC has cultivated a body of new music, commissioning more work from contemporary composers than any other dance company. Its repertory includes works by musicians ranging from Cage and Christian Wolff to Gavin Bryars and Radiohead. Cage's association with the Company as Musical Advisor since its inception continued until his death in 1992, when he was succeeded by David Tudor. Since 1995, MCDC has been under the music direction of Takehisa Kosugi.
The Company has also collaborated with an array of visual artists and designers. Rauschenberg, whose famous "Combines" reflect the approach he used to create decor for a number of MCDC's early works, served as the Company's resident designer from 1954-1964. Jasper Johns followed as Artistic Advisor from 1967-1980, and Mark Lancaster from 1980-1984. The last Advisors to be appointed were William Anastasi and Dove Bradshaw in 1984. Other artists who have collaborated with MCDC include Daniel Arsham, Tacita Dean, Rei Kawakubo, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Frank Stella, Benedetta Tagliabue, and Andy Warhol.
MCDC has been featured extensively in film and video choreographed by Cunningham, first with Charles Atlas and later in collaboration with Elliot
Caplan. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Atlas filmed Cunningham's epic work Ocean (1994) in the fall of 2008 at Minnesota's Rainbow Quarry, 100 feet below the surface of the earth, accompanied by the 150-member St. Cloud Orchestra. Atlas' film of Split Sides, which premiered on the 50th anniversary of the Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2003, was released on DVD by ARTPIX. More recently, ARTPIX has released a boxed-set of Atlas films highlighting three of Cunningham's significant collaborations with Robert Rauschenberg; Suite for Five (1956-1958), Summerspace (1958), and Interscape (2000).
With Merce Cunningham's passing in 2009, MCDC embarked on its final, two-year world tour. Launched in February 2010 at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, the Legacy Tour is a celebration of Cunningham's lifetime of artistic achievement, showcasing 18 seminal works from throughout his career--including the revival of seven historic dances--and offers audiences around the world a final opportunity to see Cunningham's choreography performed by the company he personally trained. Currently encompassing over 50 cities, the tour will culminate in New York City--MCDC's home since it was founded in 1953--in December 2011, with tickets priced at $10 as Cunningham requested. Please visit for a complete Legacy Tour performance schedule.
erce Cunningham (Artistic Director) was a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his 70-year career and is considered one of the most important choreographers of our time. Through much of his life, he was also one of the greatest American dancers. With an artistic career distinguished by constant innovation, Cunningham expanded the frontiers not only of dance, but also of contemporary visual and performing arts. His collaborations with artistic innovators from every creative discipline have yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music, and visual art.
Of all his collaborations, Cunningham's work with John Cage, his life partner from the 1940s until Cage's death in 1992, had the greatest influence on his practice. Together, Cunningham and Cage proposed a number of radical innovations. The most famous and controversial of these concerned
the relationship between dance and music, which they concluded may occur in the same time and space, but should be created independently of one another. The two also made extensive use of chance procedures, abandoning not only musical forms, but narrative and other conventional elements of dance composition--such as cause and effect, and climax and anticlimax. For Cunningham the subject of his dances was always dance itself.
Born in Centralia, Washington on April 16, 1919, Cunningham attended The Cornish School in Seattle where he met John Cage. After leaving Washington for New York, he began his professional modern dance career at 20 with a six-year tenure as a soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company. In 1944 he presented his first solo show and in 1953 formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as a forum to explore his groundbreaking ideas. Over the course of his career, Cunningham choreographed more than 150 dances and over 800 "Events." Dancers who trained with Cunningham and have gone on to form their own companies include Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Karole Armitage, Foofwa d'lmmobilite, and Jonah Bokaer.
Cunningham's lifelong passion for exploration and innovation made him a leader in applying new technologies to the arts. He began investigating dance on film in the 1970s, and choreographed using the computer program DanceForms during the latter part of his career. He explored motion capture technology to create decor for BIPED (1999), and his interest in new media led to the creation of the pioneering web series Mondays with Merce: vwvw.merce.orgmondayswithmerce.html.
Cunningham passed away in his New York City home on July 26, 2009. An active choreographer and mentor to the arts world until his passing, he earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts. Among his many awards are the National Medal of Arts (1990) and the MacArthur Fellowship (1985). He also received the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award in 2009, Japan's Praemium Imperiale in 2005, the British Laurence Olivier Award in 1985, and was named Officier of the Legion d'Honneur in France in 2004. Cunningham's life and artistic vision has been the subject of four books and three major exhibitions, and his works have been presented by groups including the Ballet of the Paris Opera, Ballet de Lorraine, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, White Oak Dance Project, and London's Rambert Dance Company.
ohn Cage (Founding Music Director) was born in Los Angeles in 1912. He studied with Richard Buhlig, Henry Cowell, Adolph Weiss, and Arnold Schoenberg. In 1952, at Black Mountain College, he presented a theatrical event considered by many to be the first "Happening." He was associated with Merce Cunningham from the early 1940s, and was Music Director of Merce Cunningham Dance Company until his death in 1992. Cage and Cunningham were responsible for a number of radical innovations in musical and choreographic composition, such as the use of chance operations and the independence of dance and music. His last work for MCDC was FOUR3, the score for Beach Birds (1991), presented at the James JoyceJohn Cage Festival in Zurich in 1991, though Cunningham continued to use existing scores by Cage as accompaniment for his choreographies until his penultimate work, XOVER, in 2007. Cage's radical compositions, from the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, through Water Music, Fontana Mix, Cartridge Music, Atlas Eclipticalis, to 433", are milestones in the history of contemporary music. He was the author of many books, among them Silence (1961), A Year from Monday (1968), M (1973), Empty Words (1979), and X(1983), all published by Wesleyan University Press. -W(the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1988-89) was published by Harvard University Press in 1990. Cage's music is published by the Henmar Press of C.F. Peters Corporation and has been recorded on many labels. He died in New York City on August 12, 1992.
obert Swinston (Director of Choreography) was born in Pittsburgh and attended Middlebury College and The Juilliard School, where he received a BFA in Dance. He danced with the Martha Graham Apprentice Group, the Jose Limon Dance Company, and with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. He joined MCDC in August 1980 and became Assistant to the Choreographer in July 1992. Since Merce Cunningham's death in July 2009, Mr. Swinston has been the Director of Choreography, overseeing the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, and its work with the Cunningham Educational Outreach Program. Since 1998, Mr. Swinston has assisted in various Cunningham archival reconstructions including Suite for Five (1956-58), Summerspace
(1958), How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), RainForest (1968), CRWDSPCR (1993), and Ocean (1994), and the recent revivals of Squaregame (1976), Duets (1980), and Roaratorio (1983) for the Legacy Tour. He has assisted in the staging of Cunningham works on other companies, including Boston Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, Rambert Dance Company, and New York City Ballet. In 2003, Mr. Swinston received a "Bessie" Award for his performance in the revival of Cunningham's How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run. In 2009 Mr. Swinston was named a Trustee for the Merce Cunningham Trust.
akehisa Kosugi (Music Director) was born in Tokyo in 1938. He studied musicology at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1960 he co-founded the Group Ongaku, the first collective improvisation group in Tokyo. During this period his event pieces were introduced by Fluxus in Europe and the US. From 1965-1967 he lived in New York, creating mixed-media performance works and performing with Nam June Paik and other Fluxus members. In 1967 he co-founded the Taj Mahal Travelers in Tokyo, a collective improvisational group. As a composer he participated in Expo'70 in Osaka. He has been a composerperformer with MCDC since 1977 and was appointed Music Director of the Company in 1995. He received grants from the JDR 3rd Fund in 1966 and 1977, a DAAD fellowship grant to reside in Berlin in 1981, and the John Cage Award for Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 1994. He has performed in many international festivals, including the Festival d'Automne a Paris, the Almeida International Festival of Contemporary Music in London, and the Sound and Nature in Krems, Austria. His sound installations have been presented in various exhibitions, including Fur Augen und Ohren, Berlin; Ecouter par les yeux, Paris; and Kunst als Grenzbeschreitung: John Cage und die Moderne, Munich.
revor Carlson (Executive Director) began working at the Cunningham Dance Foundation (CDF) in 1998 and later assumed the position of Executive Director in 2005 after serving as General Manager, Director of Communications, and Company Manager of MCDC. During his tenure, Mr. Carlson's collaborative vision has fortified MCDC's broad-
reaching residency programs for which he, in collaboration with Merce, developed a workshop for students based on Cunningham's use of DanceForms. He helped to increase the number of visual artist collaborations by developing the possibility for Merce to create Events in repertory theater houses using different decors each evening. A total of 25 additional collaborations have been staged in this manner. He also helped to forge new ventures such as the webcast series Mondays with Merce. With Lynn Wichern, CFO, and members of the Board, Mr. Carlson developed the Legacy Plan, including the Legacy Tour, Dance Capsules, and career transition. Prior to joining CDF, Mr. Carlson worked as Company Manager at The Joyce Theater, Tour Manager for PS. 122 Field Trips, Managing Director of the Stephen Petronio Company, and Fiscal Associate for PentacleDance Works. He has given lectures at numerous institutions including The Juilliard School, Stanford University, multiple University of California campuses; in various locations throughout South America, North America, Europe, and the Middle East; and has served as a panelist for the Jerome Foundation and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. In 2001, Mr. Carlson performed in John Cage's theater piece, James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet and in 2007 was featured in Tacita Dean's first collaboration with Merce Cunningham. A graduate of The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance, Mr. Carlson co-founded and has performed with the Stanley Love Performance Group.
Brandon Collwes received his early dance training at the Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended The Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase. Mr. Collwes studied as a scholarship student at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance and twice at American Dance Festival. He became a member of the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in October 2003 and joined MCDC in January 2006.
Dylan Crossman grew up in the south of France where he started training at the Conservatory of Montpellier in contemporary dance. Mr. Crossman has trained at Epsedanse in Montpellier France, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, and graduated
from the Laban Center in London. In New York, he has worked with Sean Curran, Peter Kyle, Pam Tanowitz, and Christopher Williams. Mr. Crossman joined the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in June 2007, and joined MCDC in June 2009.
Julie Cunningham is from Liverpool, England and trained with Elizabeth Hill and at Rambert School. Ms. Cunningham has worked with Ballet der Stadt Theater Koblenz, Germany. In March 2003, she became a member of the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group. Ms. Cunningham has worked and performed with Chantal Ysermans, Abi Sebaly, and Anne Carson in New York. She joined MCDC in July 2004.
Emma Desjardins grew up and began her dance training in Providence, Rl. She graduated from Barnard CollegeColumbia University in 2003 where she trained and performed with its Dance Department. Ms. Desjardins began dancing at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 2002, became a member of the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in 2004, and joined MCDC in January 2006. She is currently on faculty at the Merce Cunningham Studio.
Jennifer Goggans began dancing in her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky, and continued her studies at the Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut. She received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2000, and joined MCDC that same year. Ms. Goggans has been a faculty member of the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2005 and has taught master classes in the US and across Europe. In addition, she has staged Cunningham's Cross Currents for both the Augusta Ballet and the Verb Ballet. Ms. Goggans has performed with the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, Chantal Yzermans, Christopher Williams, and has created costumes for Daniel Squire'sscj, RoseAnne Spradlin's Survive Cycle, and Tere O'Connor's Wrought Iron Fog.
John Hinrichs was raised in Rochester, Illinois. He graduated with a BS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also studied dance. He has danced for Randy James Dance Works and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. He joined the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in September 2007 and MCDC in October 2009.
Daniel Madoff received his BFA in Dance from Purchase College in June 2006. He has danced for Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre, Nelly van Bommel, and Pam Tanowitz. He became a member of the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in November 200S and joined MCDC in August 2007.
Rashaun Mitchell was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He started dancing at Concord Academy in Massachusetts and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000. He received the Viola Farber-Slayton Memorial Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 2000. Since then he has danced with Pam Tanowitz, Chantal Yzermans, Donna Uchizono, Risa Jaroslow, Sara Rudner, and Richard Colton. He joined MCDC in January 2004 and is currently on faculty at the Merce Cunningham Studio. In 2007 he was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship. His own choreography has been presented in New York at the Skirball Center, the La Mama Theater, Mt. Tremper Arts, and The Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.
Marcie Munnerlyn is from Portland, Oregon. She trained at Jefferson High School, Oregon Ballet Theater, and the Cornish College of the Arts. She became a member of Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in June 2002 and joined MCDC in January 2004.
Krista Nelson is from Champaign, Illinois. She received a BFA in Dance with high honors from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2005. Ms. Nelson completed the 92nd Street Y's Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program and later joined the dance faculty at the Y. She also worked at the 92 nd Street Y as production manager and co-curator of Fridays at Noon. She joined the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in May 2008, and MCDC in 2010. She has also danced with Catherine Tharin since 2006.
Silas Riener grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature. There he began studying dance with Ze'eva Cohen and Rebecca Lazier, and performed works by James Waring, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Leonide Massine as restaged by Millicent Hodson. He has also worked with
Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Jonah Bokaer, and Rebecca Lazier. He joined MCDC in November 2007. While performing with MCDC, Mr. Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jamie Scott began studying dance in her hometown of Great Falls, Virginia. She continued training in the pre-professional division of the Washington School of Ballet and moved to New York in 2001 to attend Barnard College. After graduating cum laude from Barnard in May of 2005, she began her studies at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She joined the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in January 2007 and MCDC in July 2009. Ms. Scott is currently on faculty at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio. She also dances with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company.
Melissa Toogood joined MCDC in June 2008. She began working with Merce as a member of the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in November 2005. A faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2007, she has taught repertory workshops in her native city of Sydney, Australia and at the Cunningham studio in New York. Ms. Toogood worked with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Miro Dance Theatre, was a founding member of the Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre, and performed with writer Anne Carson. Ms. Toogood earned a BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida under Dean Daniel Lewis.
Andrea Weber graduated with a BFA from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. Ms. Weber has danced and taught for Canadian-based Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, participating in the Manitoba and Gros Mourne Project. She has assisted and staged Lila York's works on ballet companies throughout the US and in Denmark. She was a collaborator in Anne Carson's Possessive Used As Drink (Me) and has also worked with Jessica Lang, Jonah Bokaer, Charlotte Griffin, Sue Bernhard, and Ellen Cornfield. Ms. Weber appears as the Dancer in THE DANCER FILMS, a series of very short films based on the cartoons of Jules Feiffer, directed by Judy Dennis and produced by Ellen Dennis, with choreography by Susan Marshall and Larry Keigwin. Ms. Weber joined MCDC in January 2004 and is currently a faculty member of the Merce Cunningham Studio.
David Behrman (Musician) has been active as a composer and multimedia artist since the 1960s. Over the years he has made sound and multimedia installations for gallery spaces as well as compositions for performance in concerts. Recent projects have included the installation View Finder, for video camera and multi-channel sound system; a music video on Roulette TV and ubuweb of the Cunningham commissioned piece Long Throw; a collaboration with Veenfabriek in Leiden on a piece for Futurist Orchestra; and a concert of ensemble music for the British Library in London.
Robert Heishman (Decor) is an artist who works in the medium of photography. For some of his work, Mr. Heishman uses pinhole photography, a form of lens-less photography in which an artist can use an assortment of improvised or designed objects of many shapes and sizes, with a tiny hole in one end in place of a lens and film or photographic paper in the other end. Mr. Heishman's favorite cameras have been those made out of size 11.5 tennis shoe boxes or Quaker Oats boxes. He works exclusively in black and white film to create images of various environments.
James Hall (Costumes) was wardrobe supervisor on a variety of Broadway shows from 1995-2000. He self-produced and designed Operation Bliss at DanspaceSt. Mark's Church in New York City with choreographers Stanley Love and Glen Rumsey in 1997. Mr. Hall has also designed costumes for Mia Lawrence's egg and close as i am; HDC's Passage and Vodka on the Rocks; Esiotrot's Underneath; Stanley Love Performance Group's I'm Mad; Stephen Petronio Company's Walk-In revival in 1995; and Ashley Chen Performance Group's We're All Grown Up Now. Mr. Hall has designed costumes for Merce Cunningham's Way Station (2001), AmEx Event (2002), Fluid Canvas (2002), Split Sides (2003), and Views on Stage (2004).
James F. Ingalls (Lighting) has designed lighting for dance companies including Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Mark Morris Dance Group, San Francisco Ballet, Saint Joseph Ballet, and White Oak. Mr. Ingalls's work has been seen at the Royal Opera House, Edinburgh Festival, Glyndebourne, Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Theatre du Chatelet, Opera Bastille, De Nederlandse Opera, and Santa
Fe Opera. His designs for Broadway include The Elephant Man, George Gershwin Alone, The Young Man From Atlanta, 'night Mother, and A Year With Frog and Toad. New York and regional credits include My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons), Gentlemen from America (TFANA), Les Troyens, War and Peace (Metropolitan Opera), ACTSan Francisco, ARTCambridge, Center Stage, Goodman, and Steppenwolf. His work in London has been seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater.
Takehisa Kosugi (Musician) (See Directors)
Mark Lancaster (Decor and Costumes) was born in Yorkshire, England, and educated at Bootham School, York, and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was Artist-in-Residence at King's College, Cambridge, from 1968-1970. He moved to New York in 1974, when he first designed for MCDC, having been Jasper Johns's assistant for Un jour ou deux at the Paris Opera in 1973. He designed for the videodance Westbeth (1974), Sounddance (1975), Rebus (1975), Torse (1976), Squaregame (1976), Fractions (both video and stage versions, 1977), Tango (1978), Locale (1979), and Roadrunners (1979). In 1980 he was appointed Artistic Advisor to MCDC. Since then, he has designed Duets (1980) for American Ballet Theatre (1982), 10's with Shoes (1981), Gallopade (1981), Trails (1982), Quartet (1982), and a new production of Rune (1982; originally designed by Robert Rauschenberg, 1959). He collaborated on Coast Zone (1983J; Inlets 2 (1983); Roaratorio (1983); Pictures (1984); Doubles (1984); Five Stone Wind (1988), for which he received a "Bessie" Award; Neighbors (1991); Touchbase (1992); and CRWDSPCR (1993). His paintings have been exhibited widely and are in numerous public and private collections.
Radiohead (Composers) has been variously hailed as "The Best Band in the World" (0 Magazine), "Rock's Best Live Band" (Rolling Stone), and Number One of Spin's "40 Most Influential Artists." Radiohead has spent the last 10 years evolving into the most acclaimed and adventurous force in modern music. The band's seventh LP, In Rainbows, was released in October 2007, and subsequently charted at number one both in the UK and in the US. Previous Radiohead recordings include 1993's Pablo Honey, 1995's The Bends,
1997's OK Computer (their first Grammy Award-winning album and widely considered the most significant record of the 1990s), 2000's Kid A (another Grammy Award-winner and quite possibly the strangest record ever to hit number one in the US), 2001's Amnesiac, and 2003's Hail To The Thief.
Sigur Ros (Composers) formed in Reykjavik, Iceland, although no one outside the coffee houses of 101 heard of them at least until 1998. Kjarri is the serious one and likes cigarettes and coffee. Goggi is great with a wine list. Jonsi has a flat full of dolls and likes the rainbow. Orri is the quiet one, and you know what they say about those. Sigur Ros has released six albums: von (1997), von brigdi (1998), agaetis byrjun (1999), () (2002), takk...
(2005), and med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust (2008). Released in 2007 was Heima, a live DVD of the previous summer's Iceland tour. In addition, Jonsi released a solo album entitled Go in 2010. Sigur Ros has performed with MCDC in Korea, Miami, and Melbourne.
Jesse Stiles (Musician) is a new media artist, musician, and designer of electronic systems. Through the adaptive misuse of emerging digital technologies, Mr. Stiles creates works that are simultaneously entertaining, disorienting, immersive, and transcendental. Mr. Stiles's performances and generative installation work engage with and deconstruct a number of populist formats including electronic dance music, narrative cinema, and the "light show"--pushing these
Merce Cunningham and John Cage in performance at Hill Auditorium, April 1971
mediums into realms both sublime and subliminal. Mr. Stiles holds an MFA in Electronic Arts (RPI) and a BA in Cognitive Science from Vassar College. Before joining MCDC, he worked as a sound designer and composer on a wide variety of IMAX films, feature films, museum installations, touring exhibitions, and experimental video works.
Catherine Yass (Decor) studied at Goldsmiths College in Britain and has gone on to exhibit internationally. She was awarded the Glen Dimplex award by the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1999 and represented Britain at the 10th Indian Triennale in Delhi 2001. Following her solo show at Asprey Jacques in 2002, Ms. Yass was short-listed for the Turner Prize and exhibited at the Tate Gallery, London. Ms. Yass lives and works in London.
UMS Archives
his weekend's performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company mark the Company's sixth and seventh appearances under UMS auspices.
The Company made its UMS debut in April 1971 with a three-day residency which culminated in a performance on stage in Hill Auditorium. (The Power Center was to open to the public the following season in 197172.) Included in their Hill performance was Cunningham's Rainforest (1968), a notable collaboration with Andy Warhol who created his floating silver-pillow decor; Objects (1970); and the CunninghamJohn Cage collaboration How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965) which included the com?pany on stage with Cage as reader (see photo.)
MCDC next returned to UMS in Febru?ary 1999 as part of a week-long residency entitled ImMERCEsion. The week's program included multiple Power Center perfor?mances on stage and many more contex?tual activities planned off stage with a large constellation of partners including the U-M Dance Department, Department of Film and Video, and Institute for the Humani?ties; the Ann Arbor Public Schools; the Ann Arbor Art Center; Peter Sparling's Dance Gallery; and the Ann Arbor District Library. The Company's repertoire included Rondo (1996), Pond Way (1998) with decor by Roy Lichtenstein, and Scenario (1997) with cos?tumes and d?cor by Comme de Garcon's Rei Kawakubo.
The Company last appeared at UMS in March 2004 at the Power Center. The repertoire included Pictures (1984), Native Green (1985), How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965), BIPED (1999), and MinEvent with the Kronos Quartet (2004).
Cunningham Dance Foundation Staff
Nancy Bright, Financial Aid Administrator
Mary Lisa Burns, Director of Education
Trevor Carlson, Executive Director
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Robert Swinston, Director of Choreography
Kevin Taylor, Company Manager
Carol Teitelbaum, Faculty Chair
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Cunningham Dance Foundation Board of Directors
Judith R. Fishman, Rosalind G. Jacobs
Chairman Pamela Kramlich
Alvin Chereskin, Alan M. Kriegsman
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Molly Davies, Harvey Lichtenstein
Co-Vice Chair Timothy J. McClimon
Anthony B. Creamer III, Jacqueline Matisse
Treasurer Monnier
David Vaughan, Secretary Benedicte Pesle
Jean Rigg, Associate Barbara Pine
Secretary Judith F. Pisar
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Katherine D. R. Hayes Suzanne Weil
Lead support for the Cunningham Dance Foundation's Legacy Plan, including the tour, has been provided by Leading for the Future Initiative, a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and an anonymous donor.
Major support has been provided by American Express; Bloomberg; Jill F. & Sheldon M. Bonovitz; Geary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Sage & John Cowles; Anthony & Mary Creamer; Molly Davies; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Jeanne Donovan Fisher; Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman; Fund
for the City of New York--Open Society Foundation; Agnes Gund; the Hayes Fund of HRK Foundation; Pamela & Richard Kramlich; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; Liz Gerring Radke and Kirk Radke; The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; Mark Rudkin; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; SHS Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; Allan G. & Feme Sperling; Sutton & Christian Stracke; Miralles Tagliabue EMBT; Friends of MCDC.
Public funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Mondays with Merce, a pioneering web-cast series, provides a never-before-seen look at MCDC, with footage of MCDC in rehearsal and performance, exclusive interviews with Merce and artistic collaborators, and video from the Merce Cunningham Archives. Go behind the scenes and on the road with MCDC throughout the Legacy Tour at Trevor Carlson: Executive Producer; Nancy Dalva: Producer Writer; Christopher Young: Videographer and Editor.
European Administration for MCDC provided by Julie George, Paris, France.
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The Media Repertory of MCDC includes programs from the Merce Cunningham Archives, videotapes and films choreographed specifically for the camera, documentaries, and educational materials, which are distributed by ARTPIX, and the Cunningham Dance Foundation, Inc.
Merce Cunningham Studio is a nonprofit educational institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, giving instruction on the professional level. The Studio holds regular classes in technique, elementary to advanced, which are supplemented at periodic intervals by workshops in composition, repertory, and filmvideo dance.
Merce Cunningham Studio offers a rental program for emerging choreographers and performance open to any company or individual artist on a self-producing basis. The program features low rates, complete facilities, a flexible performance space, and year-round booking.
Physical Therapy for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company is provided by Susan Blankensop and Christine Bratton. Orthopedist to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company is David S. Weiss, M.D., NYU-HJD; Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
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Takacs Quartet
Edward Dusinberre, Violin Karoly Schranz, Violin Geraldine Walther, Viola Andras Fejer, Cello
Franz Schubert
Sunday Afternoon, February 20, 2011 at 4:00 Rackham Auditorium Ann Arbor
String Quartet No. 8 in B-flat Major, D. 112
Allegro ma non troppo
Andante sostenuto
Menuetto: Allegro--Trio: Allegretto
String Quartet No. 13 in a minor, D. 804
Allegro ma non troppo
Menuetto: Allegretto--Trio
Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887
Allegro molto moderato
Andante un poco moto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace--Trio: Allegretto
Allegro assai
46th Performance of the 132nd Annual Season
48th Annual Chamber Arts Series
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Takacs Quartet appears by arrangement with Seldy Cramer Artists and records for Hyperion and DeccaLondon Records.
Takacs Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado in Boulder and are Associate Artists at the South Bank Centre, London.
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Now that you're in your seat...
whole evening devoted to Schubert's chamber music is a journey of discovery. How did this young man, who started composing in his teens and died at the age of 31, make the string-quartet medium his own, and how did he use it to express what no one else could express How did he get from the Haydnand Mozart-inspired early works to the edge of an emotional abyss in his final compositions
In his book on Schubert's songs, the great singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has written: "Schubert writes as he thinks, as he feels, as he speaks. Only rarely does anything intrude between the music and what he thought, felt, or spoke. This must be called a natural style..." It is in part because of this "naturalness" that we can't help but feel close to Schubert; that is the reason why, 182 years after his death, he is still our contemporary.
String Quartet No. 8 in B-flat Major,
D. 112(1814) Franz Schubert Born January 31, 1797 in Himmelpfortgrund,
near Vienna (now part of the city) Died November 19, 1828 in Vienna
Snapshot of History... In 1814:
Napoleon abdicates as Emperor and is sent to the Island of Elba
The War of 1812 between the US and Britain ends with the Treaty of Ghent
Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 is premiered in Vienna
Jane Austen publishes Mansfield Park
Francis Scott Key writes the poem "The StarSpangled Banner"
In the dozen or so string quartets that the teenage Schubert wrote for "home consumption," we can see a genius learning his craft before our very eyes. Only a few years after Haydn's death and well before Beethoven was to say his last words in the late quartets, Schubert worked at a time when classical music was in the process of becoming "classical." The conventions, well established by Haydn and Mozart, were already quite binding, yet there was nothing "old-fashioned" about following them. The music of the masters reigned supreme but it was still, in a very real sense, "new music."
After five years as a boarding student at the Stadtkonvikt (Imperial and Royal Seminary),
Schubert continued his studies in a different school while living with his family in the Vienna suburb of Lichtenthal. His father Franz Theodor, a schoolteacher, played violin, and his brothers Ignaz and Ferdinand were musicians, too. Young Franz was an enthusiastic participant in the chamber music sessions at home, and his family members were eager to try out the string quartets that flowed from the young man's pen.
One of the finest of the early quartets, the present work dates from that breakthrough year that also produced Schubert's first masterpiece in the realm of art song, Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning-Wheel). The 17-year-old Schubert's melodic gifts and harmonic adventurousness are fully in evidence. He handles the quartet form with complete assurance and in spite of influences from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, he doesn't sound like any of his elders.
With its unaccompanied violin melody, to the viola that soon adds its sweet parallel sixths, the opening immediately announces a new voice and a new sensitivity. Instead of following the inexorable logic with which Beethoven usually makes one idea lead to the next, Schubert proceeds by fits and starts, with many sudden pauses and abrupt textural changes. In the development section-where Beethoven often breaks up his thematic material into fragments--Schubert does the exact opposite, achieving continuity for the first time in the movement. (At the end of the first movement, Schubert proudly noted in the score: "Written in 4.5 hours.")
The slow movement's main melody is oddly
"clipped": it consists of 7+7 measures instead of the usual 8+8. The unusual theme begins a tonal journey that alternately visits brighter and darker landscapes, not without some final surprises waiting just before the close.
The "Menuetto" is an obvious homage to Haydn, both thematically and in its elaboration. Interestingly, Schubert didn't score this movement in the home key of the quartet, as is usually done, but in E-flat Major instead. Other subtle moves include more phrase-clipping, some typically Schubertian alternations between major and minor modes, and a particularly effective use of pizzicato (plucked strings) in the "Trio" section.
Of the finale, British Schubert expert Brian Newbould has written: "it offers scintillating confirmation that the composer has by now assimilated the true spirit of chamber music, and revels in the fact." This "Presto" in quick 34 time anticipates the scherzo of Schubert's last quartet in G Major (heard after intermission) and also that of the "Great" C-Major symphony. Yet this time, this material is not organized into a scherzo form, which would have a contrasting trio section in the middle, but rather as a singular monothematic rondo, in which the main theme alternates with its own variants. There is hardly a moment when we don't hear the basic idea. Such obsession with single rhythmic patterns would remain an important characteristic of Schubert's music for years to come.
String Quartet No. 13 in a minor, D. 804
"Rosamunde" (1824) Schubert
Snapshot of History... In 1824:
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is premiered in Vienna
Lord Byron dies while fighting for Greek independence from the Turks
15-year-old Louis Braille develops the writing system for the blind and visually impaired
The US Bureau of Indian Affairs is formed
In Egypt, the tombs of Thebes are excavated
During his teenage years, Schubert wrote more than a dozen string quartets that he played at home with his father and his brothers. After
leaving the house of his parents, the family chamber music sessions stopped, and so did the production of string quartets. By the time Schubert returned to quartet writing, it was with very different ambitions: he now aimed for Dublication and nothing less than professional performance.
Vienna was the first city to have important public string quartet concerts, thanks to an outstanding violinist named Ignaz Schuppanzigh (1776-1830) whose group premiered Beethoven's Op. 59 and several of the late quartets as well. After several years abroad, Schuppanzigh returned to Vienna in 1823, and this no doubt provided a major impetus for Schubert to resume his quartet writing.
In fact, the Schuppanzigh Quartet presented the String Quartet No. 13 in a minor on March 14, 1824 at the Society of the Friends of Music (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde)--by far the most prestigious venue for a work by Schubert up to that point. Soon afterwards, the publisher Sauer & Leidesdorf printed the work with a dedication to Schuppanzigh. It was supposed to be the first quartet in a series of three. Schubert did compose a second work but failed to repeat the success of the a-minor quartet. That work, the now-celebrated "Death and the Maiden," was rejected by Schuppanzigh and never published during Schubert's lifetime. The third quartet, the masterpiece in "G" that remained Schubert's last work in the genre, was not written until three years later, and did not become known to the world until much later.
Schubert reached the summit of his art during these final years of his tragically short life; but physically and emotionally, he was not well. He was suffering from syphilis, the first unmistakable symptoms of which appeared in 1823. He was given to bouts of depression, and, in a famous letter to a friend dated March 31, 1824 (17 days after the premiere of the a-minor quartet), he quoted from Goethe's Gretchen at the Spinning-Wheel which he had set to music so brilliantly 10 years earlier: "My peace is gone, my heart is sore, I shall find it never and nevermore..." Is it a coincidence that the accompaniment figure played by the second violin at the opening of the quartet is almost identical to the motif of the spinning wheel (albeit in slower motion)
The first violin's melody, however, is new, and so is the astonishing development to which it, and the subsequent themes, are subjected in this
poignant "Allegro ma non troppo." A deep sadness is periodically relieved by beautiful dreams, and the tension erupts in powerful, if brief, dramatic outbursts. But Schubert ties all these emotional extremes together by the constant use of an opening motif, a simple descending triad that becomes capable of expressing widely divergent states of mind.
The second movement uses a famous melody from Rosamunde, the incidental music Schubert had written to a soon-to-be-forgotten play by Helmine von Chezy, performed twice at the Theater an der Wien in December 1823. This melody, which mixes quiet serenity with deep nostalgia, alternates with a "B" section whose syncopations and offbeat accents go against the imperturbable flow of the main melody. The second time around, however, this same main melody suddenly changes character and becomes intensely dramatic, with bold modulations and agitated rhythmic figures, before the idyll returns at the end.
The third-movement "Menuetto" includes another self-quote, from the 1819 song "Die Gotter Griechenlands" (The Gods of Greece), after a poem by Schiller. The opening line of the poem: Schone Welt, wo bist du (Fair world, where are you) struck a deep chord with Schubert: despite the presence of minuet rhythm, the dance character is attenuated by the long pedal notes of the cello and by the stubborn repeats of the Schone Welt quote. The "Trio" section is launched by a variant of the same motive, but then takes a different turn and brings some relief with some landler strains, but even here, the music remains more subdued than in other dance movements.
Touches of sadness remain even in the finale. The ostensibly light-hearted rondo includes a wistful ritardando in the middle of its main theme and, although the main key is A Major, the minor mode is never too far away. The prevailing dynamic markings are piano and pianissimo (with only a few brief stormy moments). Even the ending is quiet and subdued, except for the very last pair of chords; but Schubert weakens the effect of those by using an inverted penultimate chord that makes the ending noticeably less definitive.
Program notes by Peter Laki.
String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887
(1826) Schubert
Snapshot of History... In 1826:
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both die on the Fourth of July
Carl Maria von Weber's last opera, Oberon, is premiered in London
James Fenimore Cooper publishes The Last of the Mohicans
Thomas Cole paints Sunrise in the Catskill Mountains
Beethoven writes his final string quartet, Op. 135
Though we must remain wary of applying conclusions drawn from composers' lives to their art, it is sometimes inescapable to hear Schubert's last works as tinged with his knowledge of mortality. String Quartet No. 15inG Major, D. 887 is clearly a case in point. It was composed in 10 days(!) in June 1826, and probably first performed privately on March 7, 1827. The innocent realm of, say, Rosamunde lasts no longer than the initial G Major chord; the very next sound plunges us with a shock into g minor. So jarring is this contrast that it is difficult to find another such example until Mahler's Symphony No. 6 in 1904.
Notable is the rhythmic motive of measures five and 10, a sort of shaking of one's fist at heaven more generally associated with Beethoven than Schubert. This figure returns in the second movement, contributing to the quartet's unification. The sequential passage starting after the fermata at bar 14 eerily foretells the world of Gotterdammerung with shifting harmonies giving way underneath.
The "Andante" may contain the most revolutionary harmony of all. After the first section in which the cello spins out one of those lines unique to Schubert, the drama heightens with two furiously ascending lines for the first violin. After a brief comment, the rising minor-third "G" to "B-flat" is tossed out three times by the first violin and viola--whether or not it makes any sense against the harmonies just preceding. The next such example isn't until 1910 in Sibelius's Symphony No. 4.
The high seriousness of the first two movements is not so much lifted as transformed into a frenetic impetus in the "Scherzo." Not until the finale does
Schubert at last relax into the sort of easygoing romp that most listeners might expect. Even here, a ben marcato (well marked) section of extreme expressivity recurs. In all, the G-Major quartet marks the culmination of Schubert's strivings in this genre, and stands as one of the pinnacles of his output.
Program note by Joseph Laibman.
ecognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takacs Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Commenting on their latest Schubert recording for Hyperion, Gramophone noted: "The Takacs have the ability to make you believe that there's no other possible way the music should go, and the strength to overturn preconceptions that comes only with the greatest performers."
Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takacs Quartet performs 90 concerts a year worldwide, throughout Europe as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. The 1011 season includes a Bartok Cycle in Sydney, and a three-concert series focusing on Schubert in New York (92nd Street Y) and at the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor. The series features the New York premiere of a new
work composed for the Quartet by Daniel Kellogg, based on the slow movement theme cf Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet.
The Quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. In 2005, the Late Beethoven Quartets won "Disc of the Year" and the Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, and a Japanese Record Academy Award. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy Award, another Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award, and two further awards from the Japanese Recording Academy. Of their performances and recordings of the Late Quartets, The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote "The Takacs might play this repertoire better than any quartet of the past or present."
In 2006, the Takacs Quartet made their first recording for Hyperion Records of Schuaert's String Quartets Nos. 13 and 14. A disc featuring Brahms's Piano Quintet with Stephen Hough was released to great acclaim in November 2007 and was s jbsequently nominated for a Grammy Award. A recording of Brahms's Op. 51 and Op. 67 Quartets was released in Fall 2008 and a disc featuring the Schumann Piano Quintet with Marc-Andre Hamelin was released in 2009. The complete Haydn "Apponyi" Quartets, Op. 71 and 74, will be released in early 2011.
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The Quartet is known for innovative programming. In 2007, with Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Quartet performed Everyman in Carnegie Hall, inspired by the Philip Roth novel. The group collaborates regularly with the Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikas, performing a program that explores the folk sources of Bartok's music. The Quartet performed a music and poetry program on a 14-city US tour with the poet Robert Pinsky.
At the University of Colorado, the Takacs Quartet has helped to develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a nurturing environment designed to help them develop their artistry. The Quartet's commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. The Quartet is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
The Takacs Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Karoly Schranz, Gabor Ormai, and Andras Fejer, while all four were students. It first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the International String
Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions, and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982. Violinist Edward Dusinberre joined the Quartet in 1993 and violist Roger Tapping in 1995. Violist Geraldine Walther replaced Mr. Tapping in 2005. In 2001, the Takacs Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary.
UMS Archives
his evening's concert marks the Takacs Quartet's 14th appearance under UMS auspices. The Quartet made its UMS debut in February 1984. The Quartet last appeared at UMS earlier this season in October 2010 at Rackham Auditorium for the first of three concerts in this season's Schubert cycle.
Kazuki Imagai, Masaru Tsuji, Masami Miyazaki, Mitsuru Ishizuka, Kenzo Abe, Shogo Yoshii, Kenta Nakagome, Tokio Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Eri Uchida, Mariko Omi, Yosuke Kusa, Akira Takahashi
Masaru Tsuji, Choreographed by Kenzo Abe
Mitsuru Ishizuka Roetsu Tosha Traditional, Arr. Kodo Maki Ishii
Ryutaro Kaneko Shogo Yoshii Yoshii
Traditional, Arr. Kodo Traditional, Arr. Kodo
Wednesday Evening, February 23, 2011 at 8:00
Thursday Morning, February 24, 2011 at 11:00 (Family Performance)
Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor
Kodo 30th Anniversary
One Earth Tour 2011 North America
Stride Chonlima Miyake Monochrome
Kumo no Namiji
47th and 48th Performances of the 132nd Annual Season
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Special thanks to Toyota for sponsoring the Kodo Youth Performance, part of the 1011 UMS Family Series.
Kodo appears by arrangement with IMG Artists, New York, NY.
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ased on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture, Kodo is known for elevating Japanese folk arts to a contemporary expression that cap?tivates audiences around the world. Their perfor?mances, numbering in the thousands, have graced stages in every corner of the globe, leaving an indelible mark on the international music scene. From the time of the group's inception to the pres?ent day, the eyes of the world have been on this intrepid ensemble. Their style is both revered and emulated by artists across multiple genres world?wide. Now in 2011, 30 years after the group first took to the stage at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo embarks on a momentous journey, traveling first to America, then across their native Japan, and finally into Europe for a year that promises to be a crowning jewel on their 30-year odyssey.
Artistic Director Mitsuru Ishizuka found his inspiration for this touchstone tour in the Kodo Rehearsal Hall, a pivotal part of Kodo Village. The Rehearsal Hall is the bedrock of creation for Kodo performances and the starting point for the group's vigorous training program. Ishizuka de?signed this show to capture the atmosphere of this very special place--the enthusiasm, tension, stillness, breath, and fellowship felt between taiko and human being in this hallowed hall.
"The taiko clustered together on the stage, while based on the layout of the Rehearsal Hall, also conjures the scene of a Japanese shrine surrounded by large sacred trees," explains Ishizuka. "People gather at a shrine to sing, dance, and drum so that their prayers may reach the heavens. In this same way, all of us at Kodo gather in our rehearsal hall and on stage day after day, singing, dancing, and playing the drum, in hopes that the sound of the taiko will reach as many people as possible."
The 10-piece program features three new works that will make their North American debuts, as well as classic compositions from the Kodo repertoire that have earned the group an avid following across the globe. Among the new compositions, Sakaki opens the program with a male solo dance inspired by an age-old Shinto ceremony. This somber piece is the proverbial calm before the fao storm and also acts as a kind of purification ceremony for the the?ater. Another new addition to the Kodo repertoire is Stride, written by artistic director Mitsuru Ishizuka and designed to make use of all of the drums in the group's arsenal. This piece speaks of the "strides" Kodo has taken to date and the journeys that lay ahead as could only be portrayed through the youthful vigor of our next-generation performers.
In contrast, Kodo member Shogo Yoshii found his inspiration for Sora through the group's recent cross-genre collaborations that include contempo?rary dance and flamenco. This uplifting, rhythmi?cal composition features the 3-stringed kokyu and Japanese flute, at once showcasing the influences of the music Kodo has encountered in their travels and capturing the aspirations of the group as it en?ters a new epoch.
Additional highlights include Monochrome, composed by modern master composer Maki Ishii. Conceived in the 1970s, this timeless masterpiece instantly redefined the boundaries of the taiko as an art form, and its influence on the genre contin?ues to be profound. A most unique Kodo composi?tion, Jang-Gwara captures the versatility and levity of jangara cymbals as the players weave beautiful?ly choreographed rhythms throughout this vibrant soundscape. Also included are traditional folk arts from around Japan that Kodo has arranged for the stage, such as the universal crowd-pleasers O-daiko, Miyake, and Yatai-bayashi. Together, these multifaceted pieces create an enthralling program of taiko, song, and dance that delivers the com?plete Kodo experience.
As Kodo celebrates its 30th anniversary, the 2011 One Earth Tour highlights a new generation of young performers who will carry the group's traditions into the future. Audience members are invited to give themselves over to the flow of the program and be fully present as each blissful mo?ment ensues and the sound of the taiko reverber?ates through their very beings.
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Kodo Staff
Mitsuru Ishizuka, Artistic Director
Katsuhiro Kumada, Lighting Designer
Martin Lechner, Technical Director
Tatsuya Dobashi, Stage Manager
Jun Akimoto and Nobuyuki Nishimura, Company Managers
Donnie Keeton, Tour Trucking
UMS Archives
his week's performances mark Kodo's 22nd and 23rd appearances under UMS auspices. Formed in 1981, the ensemble made its UMS debut on their first North American tour in October 1982. Kodo last appeared at Hill Auditorium in February 2009.
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Aleksandar Ivic, Violin Rachel Schmidt, Violin Micha Afkham, Viola Richard Duven, Cello Peter Riegelbauer, Double Bass Alexander Bader, Clarinet Markus Weidmann, Bassoon Stefan De Leval Jezierski, Horn
Kurt Rohde
Antonin Dvorak,
Arr. Ulf-Guido Schafer
Franz Schubert
Wednesday Evening, March 9, 2011 at 8:00 Rackham Auditorium Ann Arbor
as we do
Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39
Preludium (Pastorale): Allegro moderato Polka: Allegretto grazioso Sousedska (Minuetto): Allegro giusto Romance: Andante con moto Finale (Furiant): Presto
Octet in F Major, D. 803
Adagio--Allegro--Piii allegro
Allegro vivace--Trio--Allegro vivace
Andante--variations: Un poco piu mosso--Piii lento
Menuetto: Allegretto--Trio--Menuetto--Coda
Andante molto--Allegro--Andante molto--Allegro molto
49th Performance of the 132nd Annual Season
48th Annual Chamber Arts Series
The photographing or sound and video recording of this concert or possession of any device for such recording is prohibited.
Media partnership is provided by WGTE 91.3 FM.
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin appears by arrangement with Columbia Artists Management, LLC, New York, NY.
Large print programs are available upon request.
Now that you're in your seat...
vorak and Schubert are two of our most beloved Romantic masters. Their lives did not overlap (Schubert died 13 years before Dvorak was born), but they are certainly connected musically. They lived in the same part of the world: Dvorak's Prague belonged to the same Habsburg Empire of which Schubert's Vienna was the capital. And even though Dvorak spent his entire career asserting his Czech national identity against the Austrian oppressors, as a composer he was steeped in Austro-German music, and we know that he was particularly fond of Schubert. The two folk music idioms that nourished the two composers' music (Czech and Austrian, respectively) are themselves related; in addition, Schubert was naturally exposed to Slavic dance music in Vienna, just as Dvorak was touched by the Austrian landler and waltz. A further similarity between the two works on tonight's program is that they both build upon the tradition of the serenade and the divertimento, a tradition that ultimately goes back to Mozart. Here is music that seeks to "entertain," but it does so in a very serious manner indeed.
as we do (2010-11)
Kurt Rohde
Born in 1967 in New York
as we do is an etude for mixed ensemble that I composed in 2010-11 at my home in San Fran?cisco. It was written for and dedicated to the Scharoun Ensemble, as fine a group of people as they are musicians. Based on a brief poem by the exceptional poet Paul Mann, as we do was con?ceived as a "fast" slow movement.
In 2009,1 composed an etude for the Scharoun Ensemble (All Thumbs), which is rapid, excited, and unsettled. This new etude {as we do) is meant as a compliment to the first: my intention is that it will serve as a "linking" movement to a third (as yet uncomposed) very slow and solemn etude. The music in as we do is light, airy, and not held in place. It contains large, sweeping music, much of which is moving throughout the ensemble at different rates, similar to the calm, inexorably for?ward motion of the surface of a river, underneath which there are numerous current and eddies in?tersecting, colliding, and weaving in and out of one another. The sections of the piece fold in upon themselves, opening and closing either seamlessly or abruptly. I imagined the analogy between words of the poem and the sound of the music; the idea of phrases created when words and sounds are linked together, and how these phrases move for?ward, away from their source, losing themselves, one after another.
Program note by Kurt Rohde.
as we do
Paul Mann
a few more poems to float downstream
river that loses Itself thru its mouth as we do
Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39 (1879) Antonin Dvorak
Born September8, 1841 in Nelahozeves, Bohemia Died May 1, 1904 in Prague
Snapshot of History... In 1879:
Wilhelm Wundt establishes the first psychology research laboratory in Leipzig
Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany
Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance opens in London
St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is dedicated
Henrik Ibsen writes his celebrated playA Doll's House
In the mid-1870s Dvorak composed two serenades, one for strings (Op. 22) and one for winds (Op. 44). Both were instantly successful and spread the young composer's reputation beyond the boundaries of his native land. Upon Brahms's recommendation, the prestigious Simrock firm in Berlin undertook the publication of Dvorak's music. The Czech Suite, Op. 39, written for Simrock, forms a kind of triptych with the two serenades. It was written for a full orchestra, and was arranged for wind sextet by German clarinetist Ulf-Guido Schafer.
The suite is in five movements, opening with a prelude in the "pastorale" tradition: a gentle, lyrical melody accompanied by long pedal points (unchanging bass notes). The entire movement is based on this one melody, presented in various keys and instrumental combinations.
The second movement is a polka that is not as cheerful as this popular Czech dance usually is: the wistful d-minor tonality casts a shadow on the music that is lifted only temporarily in the faster-moving trio (middle section).
Next comes a minuet that bears the subtitle "Sousedska" (literally, the "neighbor's dance"), indicating that Dvorak had the Czech counterpart of this classical dance in mind. Like the preceding polka, the "Sousedska" infuses the dance rhythms with a certain melancholy quality.
The fourth-movement "Romance" is a single uninterrupted song whose quiet, lilting motion is reminiscent of a lullaby. It is followed by a "Furiant," a Czech folk dance well known from Smetana's Bartered Bride or Dvorak's own sixth
and seventh symphonies. This is the longest and most complex of the suite's movements: the simple dance melody, presented at the outset, grows into a massive statement and ends with a huge climax worthy of a grand symphony.
Octet in F Major, D. 803 (1824)
Franz Schubert
Born January 31, 1797 in Himmelpfortgrund,
near Vienna (now part of the city) Died November 19, 1828 in Vienna
Snapshot of History... In 1824:
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is premiered in Vienna
Lord Byron dies while fighting for Greek independence from the Turks
15-year-old Louis Braille develops the writing system for the blind and visually impaired
The US Bureau of Indian Affairs is formed
In Egypt, the tombs of Thebes are excavated
Was Schubert a Classical or a Romantic composer These two artistic tendencies, often seen as opposites, seem to merge seamlessly in his music, which combines Classical poise and balance with a quintessential Romantic sensibility.
The Octet--for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass--was written in 1824, commissioned by Count Ferdinand von Troyer, an accomplished clarinet player who participated in
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
the first performance. The work is an heir to the Classical divertimento tradition, its immediate model being Beethoven's enormously popular Septet, Op. 20 (1800). Schubert followed Beethoven in the number of movements (six), their order (fast-slow--minuet--slow variations--scherzo--finale, with the only difference that Schubert placed the scherzo third and the minuet fifth). Schubert's Octet and Beethoven's Septet also share a mostly bright and untroubled character of the music. He only added a second violin to Beethoven's scoring.
But the expansion involved more than the addition of a single instrument. Time and again, the cheerful divertimento atmosphere is darkened by transient but still very real dramatic moments. Both the first and the last movements begin with slow and rather gloomy introductions. The quietly lyrical second-movement "Adagio" has a few moments of true anxiety before the end; the scherzo mixes some dramatic accents into the fun. The variation movement and the minuet that follows it are mostly calm and lyrical and the finale, after its gloomy start, turns out to be quite a cheerful piece. Yet Schubert has a dramatic surprise in store for us. Just before the end, the material of the slow introduction suddenly reappears, more menacingly than the first time, to create a last-minute suspense before the exuberant conclusion.
Program notes by Peter Laki.
ounded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin is one of Germany's leading chamber music organizations. With its wide repertoire, ranging from composers of the Baroque period by way of Classical and Romantic chamber music to contemporary works, the Scharoun Ensemble has been inspiring audiences in Europe and overseas for more than a quarter of a century. Innovative programming, a refined tonal culture, and spirited interpretations are hallmarks of the ensemble, which performs in a variety of instrumental combinations. The permanent core of the Scharoun Ensemble is a classical octet (clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass), made up entirely of members of the Berlin Philharmonic. When called for, the ensemble brings in additional instrumentalists as well as noted conductors. The Scharoun Ensemble has prepared and presented various programs under the direction of Claudio
Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, and Pierre Boulez. It has also performed with singers including Thomas Quasthoff, Annette Dasch, Simon Keenlyside, and Barbara Hannigan, and, for interdisciplinary projects, the ensemble has engaged such artists as Fanny Ardant, Loriot, and Dominique Horwitz.
Bridging the gap between tradition and the modern is the Scharoun Ensemble's principal artistic focus. It has given world premieres of many 20thand 21st-century compositions while dedicating itself with equal passion to the interpretation of works from past centuries. Among the cornerstones of its repertoire are Franz Schubert's Octet in F Major, D. 803, with which the ensemble made its public debut in 1983, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20.
Cultivating an active contact with today's composers has been a matter of special interest to the Scharoun Ensemble since its inception. Gyorgy Ligeti, Hans Werner Henze, Pierre Boulez, Gyorgy Kurtag, and Wolfgang Rihm have accompanied the group on its artistic journey, as have composers of the younger generation including Jorg Widmann and Matthias Pintscher.
Complementing the Scharoun Ensemble's brisk international concert activity is its annual residence at and artistic directorship of the Zermatt Festival, founded in 2005. Along with concerts by major artists, each summer's festival includes musical workshops offering young musicians the chance to work with the members of the Scharoun Ensemble.
Lending his name to the Scharoun Ensemble is the architect of its musical home. In designing the Berlin Philharmonie, Hans Scharoun (1893-1972) created a concert hall that was unique in the world, undertaking a synthesis between innovation and awareness of tradition and opening up new approaches to artistic communication--ideals to which the Scharoun Ensemble is also committed.
UMS Archives
his evening's performance marks the UMS debut of Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. The musicians last appeared under UMS auspices as members of the Berlin Philharmonic in November 2009 at Hill Auditorium.
Druid and Atlantic Theater Company
The Cripple of Inishmaan
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Garry Hynes
Francis O'Connor, Sets and Costumes Davy Cunningham, Lights John Leonard, Sound Colin Towns, Composer Laura Stanczyk, US Casting Maureen Hughes, Irish Casting J. David Brimmer, Fight Direction Sarah Lynch, Company Stage Director David H. Lurie, Stage Manager Sarah Lynch, Assistant Stage Manager Eamonn Fox, Production Manager
Thursday Evening, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 Friday Evening, March 11, 2011 at 8:00 Saturday Evening, March 12, 2011 at 8:00 Sunday Afternoon, March 13, 2011 at 2:00 Power Center Ann Arbor
This performance is approximately 145 minutes in length and is performed with an intermission.
50th, 51st, 52nd, and 53rd Performances of the 132nd Annual Season
International Theater Series
The photographing or sound and video recording of this performance or possession of any device for such recording is prohibited.
The Saturday evening performance is sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System.
The Sunday afternoon performance is sponsored by the Linda and Maurice Binkow Philanthropic Fund.
Druid's performances are hosted by David and Phyllis Herzig.
Media partnership is provided by Michigan Radio 91.7 FM, Between the Lines, and Ann Arbor's 107one.
Special thanks to Professor Martin Walsh and the U-M Residential College for their support of and participation in events surrounding these performances.
Druid is grant-aided by the Arts Council of Ireland and gratefully acknowledges the support of Culture Ireland for funding its international touring program. The Cripple of Inishmaan is presented as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's yearlong season of Irish arts in America in 2011.
The US tour of The Cripple of Inishmaan is produced by David Eden Productions.
Large print programs are available upon request.
Billy Claven
Slippy Helen
Mammy O'Dougal
Doctor McSharry
Ingrid Craigie Dearbhla Molloy Dermot Crowley Tadhg Murphy Laurence Kinlan Clare Dunne Liam Carney Nancy E. Carroll Paul Vincent O'Connor
These actors are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and Irish Equity.
1934. The island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland.
Man ofAran
Man of Aran was a documentary feature film directed by the American filmmaker Robert Flaherty in 1934. It depicted the supposed "daily life" of characters living on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. Many situations were fabricated, such as one in which fishermen are almost lost at sea on a shark hunt.
Druid and the Plays of Martin McDonagh
On February 1, 1996, Druid presented the first performance of a new play by a then unknown writer, Martin McDonagh, at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. The Beauty Queen of Leenane and the Druid production (with the Royal Court Theatre, London) went on to become a smash hit all over the world, including earning an unprecedented four Tony Awards on Broadway in 1998 (with Atlantic Theater Company) for its Druid cast and director. The Beauty Queen of Leenane was followed by A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West, in what became known as The Leenane Trilogy, which over the period of five years toured to 31 venues in three continents.
In 2008, Druid premiered their new production of The Cripple of Inishmaan at the same Town Hall Theatre in Galway. With the same American partner, Atlantic Theater Company, The Cripple of Inishmaan toured the length and breadth of Ireland, to Oxford and Manchester in the UK and also played a completely sold-out three-month off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theater in New York.
On January 27, 2011 this production began one of the longest tours by an Irish theater company in decades with a major five-month coast-to-coast tour of the US and Ireland, including US stops in Ann Arbor, Berkeley, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Haven, Washington DC, and Philadelphia and Irish stops in Roscommon, Dublin, and Galway.
Fittingly, Druid's final performance of this extensive tour will see Druid return to the island
of Inis Meain itself (titled Inishmaan in the play), where the play will be performed for the first time ever. In 1934 a documentary feature film, Man of Aran, directed by American filmmaker Robert Flaherty, depicted the supposed "daily life" of characters living on the Aran Islands. And so on June 26, 2011 the islanders on Inis Meain will gather in the local community hall to watch actors playing Inis Meain people who during the course of the play will watch a film about Inis Meain people. Confused You won't be after the show!
ruid was founded by graduates of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Garry Hynes, Mick Lally, and Marie Mullen and has had two artistic directors: Garry Hynes (1975-91 and 1995 to date) and Maeliosa Stafford (1991-94). Productions include The Silver Tassie (Galway, Irish tour, and UK); The Gigli Concert (Galway Arts Festival and Irish tour); The Walworth Farce (World tour); The New Electric Ballroom; The Cripple of Inishmaan (Irish and UK tour and Atlantic Theater, New York); Long Day's Journey into Night (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival); Leaves (Galway and Royal Court Theatre, London); Empress of India (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival); The Year of the Hiker (Galway and Irish tour); DruidSynge (Galway Arts Festival, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival, Inis Meain; Minneapolis, Lincoln Center Festival New York); Sharon's Grave; Sive; On Raftery's Hill; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; The Leenane Trilogy (Royal Court co-productions); Lovers' Meeting; Conversations on a Homecoming; Bailegangaire; The Shaughraun; The Wood of the Whispering. Druid productions have won over 50 awards in Ireland and internationally including four Tony Awards for The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
tlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Since its inception, Atlantic has produced over 125 productions including the Tony Award-winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane (with Druid and Royal Court), the world premieres of Academy Award winner Ethan Coen's comedies Almost an Evening and Offices, David Mamet's Romance and his adaptation of The
Voysey Inheritance, the musical Spring Awakening, and double-bills of Harold Pinter's Celebration and The Room and The Collection and A Kind of Alaska.
J. David Brimmer {Fight Director) Fight Master, SAFD. Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan (New York). Other Theater: T7iaf Face, Speed-the-Plow, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, ComeBack, LittleSheba(Broadway);Ages of the Moon, Equivocation, Blasted, The American Pilot, Blackbird, Bug, Killer Joe (NY premieres). Mr. Brimmer has also worked at The Public, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New Audience, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Center Stage, Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, Guthrie Theater. Teaching: NYUTisch School of the Arts, RADA Guest Instructor, Strasberg Institute, Yale. Favorite collaborations: Stella Adler, Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, Ken Russell, Franco Zeffirelli.
Liam Carney (BabbyBobby) Druid: The Silver Tassie. Other Theater: The Seafarer, Tales of Ballycumber, The Playboy of the Western World, Romeo & Juliet, Homeland, Portia Coughlan, Done Up Like a Kipper (Abbey Theatre); There Came a Gypsy Riding (Livin' Dred Theatre Co.); Frozen (Tall Tales); Mud (Corn Exchange); Studs (Passion Machine); Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival); Cruel and Tender; A Dublin Carol; We Ourselves. Film and Television: Running to Standstill, Speed Dating, Studs, Spin the Bottle, Ocras, Martin, Tubberware, Gangs of New York, When the Sky Falls, Angela's Ashes, The Boxer, Braveheart, Far Away, The Commitments, Pure Mule, The Clinic, Single Handed, Glenroe, The Ambassador, Ballykissangel, JJ Biker, Sharpes.
Nancy E. Carroll (Mammy O'Douga!) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan marks Nancy's debut with Druid. Other Theater: Present Laughter (Broadway); Bailegangaire (Sugan Theatre Company); Brendan, The Rose Tattoo, Dead End, Prelude to a Kiss (Huntington Theatre Company); Breath of Life, Doubt, Happy Days, My Old Lady (Gloucester Stage); The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport (New Repertory Theatre); The Savannah Disputation, Company, A Man of No Importance (Speakeasy Stage); Trad (Tir Na); Year of Magical Thinking (Lyric Stage); Auntie & Me (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Homebody
Kabul (Boston Theatre Works); Humble Boy, Hamlet, Winter's Tale (Publick Theatre).
Ingrid Craigie (Kate)
Druid: Lover's Meeting, The Donahue Sisters. Other Theater: The Plough and the Stars, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Aristocrats, Measure For Measure, The Glass Menagerie (Abbey Theatre); Hedda Qabler (Abbey TheatrePlayhouse); Wonderful Tennessee (Abbey TheatreBroadway); Love in the Title (Abbey TheatreSan Jose), A Life (Abbey TheatreOld Vic); Celebration, Arcadia, The Deep Blue Sea, The Collection, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Recruiting Officer (Gate, Dublin); Faith Healer (Gate, DublinSydney & Edinburgh Festivals); Play (Gate, DublinBarbican); The Weir (Centaur, Montreal); Crave (Royal Court, Edinburgh, Berlin, Copenhagen, Bonn); The Wexford Trilogy (Bush, London); The Colleen Bawn (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Misanthrope (National Theatre); Splendour, Boston Marriage, Copenhagen (Project Arts Centre). Film and Television: The Dead, Da, The Railway Station Man, Widows' Peak, Circle of Friends, Benedict Arnold, Sensation, The Citadel, When Harvey Met Bob, The Clinic, Ballykissangel, The Wexford Trilogy, The Ballroom of Romance.
Dermot Crowley (JohnnyPateenMike) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan marks Mr. Crowley's debut with Druid. Other Theater: House of Games (Almeida); Breakfast at Tiffany's (Haymarket); Calico (Duke of York's); The Weir (Duke of York's Gate, DublinBroadway); Translations (Broadway); Juno (New York City Center); Dealer's Choice (Manhattan Theatre Club); Stuff Happens, Scenes from the Big Picture, Amadeus, The Double Dealer, Richard III, The Woman (National Theatre); The Hostage (RSC); A Whistle in the Dark (Abbey TheatreRoyal Court). Film and Television: Holy Water, Babel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Son of the Pink Panther, Octopussy, Wilt, The Return of the Jedi, Giro City, Luther, Margaret, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Bleak House, Spooks, Rebel Heart, Jonathan Creek, Falling for a Dancer, Father Ted, The Sculptress. Radio: Frequent broadcasts on BBC radio include the William Trevor novels Love and Summer and The Story of Lucy Gault, for Book at Bedtime.
Davy Cunningham {Lighting Design) Mr. Cunningham has worked extensively in theater and opera and has lit over 200 productions worldwide. His lighting has been seen in every major European opera company from Dublin to St. Petersburg, Turkey, Australia, and throughout the US. Druid: The Silver Tassie (Galway, Irish and UK tour), The Gigli Concert (Galway Arts Festival and Irish tour). The Cripple of Inishmaan (Galway, Irish, and UK tour, New York), Long Day's Journey into Night (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival), DruidSynge (Galway, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival, and Inis Meain; Minneapolis and Lincoln Center Festival, New York 2006), Sive, The Well of the Saints.
Clare Dunne (Slippy Helen) Ms. Dunne trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Druid: The Silver Tassie (Irish and UK tour, 2010), From Galway to Broadway & Back Again, The Playboy of the Western World (UK and Galway, 2009). Other Theater: Crunch (Latitude Festival, 2009); The Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith and Filter); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lyric Hammersmith and Filter at Latitiude, 2010); Living with Missing (Smock Alley, Dublin).
Maureen Hughes (Ireland Casting Director) Ms. Hughes is Casting Director for Druid. She has worked with the Company since 1984. From 1991-1994 she held the post of Casting Director at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She also works in film and TV in Ireland and the UK. Recent credits include the low-budget film Once, which won an Academy Award for "Best Song" in 2008, and Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh, which won an Academy Award for "Best Short Film" in 2007. She recently worked on the forthcoming feature by Paolo Sorrentino, This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand.
Garry Hynes (Director)
Garry Hynes founded Druid in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975-1991 and from 1995 to date. From 1991 -1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Ms. Hynes has also worked with the Abbey and Gate Theatres (Ireland) and internationally with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (UK); the Atlantic Theater, CityCenter Encores!, Second Stage, Signature Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York; and with The Kennedy
Center in Washington, DC. Awards include the Joe A. Callaway Award (New York) for Outstanding Directing for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2009); Honorary Doctorates from the University of Dublin (2004), the National University of Ireland (1998), and the National Council for Education Awards (1988); and a Tony Award for "Best Direction" for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998). She is a recipient of many other theater awards, including The Irish TimesESB Irish Theatre Award for "Best Director" and a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005).
Laurence Kinlan (Hartley) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan (0809 Galway, Irish, and UK tour, New York). Other Theater: Christ Deliver Us!, The Plough and the Stars, On Such As We, The Playboy of the Western World (Roddy Doyle & Bisi Adigun adaptation), A Month in the Country (Abbey Theatre); Saved (Peacock); Between Foxrock and A Hard Place (Landmark Productions); Poor Beast in the Rain (Gate, Dublin). Film and Television: The Guard, My Boy Jack, Small Engine Repair, Johnny Was, Breakfast on Pluto, Boy Eats Girl, The Halo Effect, Intermission, Veronica Guerin, Ned Kelly, Last Days in Dublin, On the Nose, Everlasting Piece, Saltwater, Country, Angela's Ashes, On Home Ground, The Bill, Soft Sand Blue Sea, LoveHate.
John Leonard {Sound Design) Mr. Leonard started work in theater sound 35 years ago, during which time he has provided soundtracks for theaters all over the world. Druid: The Silver Tassie (Galway, Irish, and UK tour), The Gigli Concert (Galway Arts Festival and Irish tour), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Galway, Irish, and UK tour, New York), Long Day's Journey into Night (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival), DruidSynge (Galway, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival, and Inis Meain; Minneapolis and Lincoln Center Festival, New York 2006), Sive, The Well of the Saints. Mr. Leonard has written an acclaimed guide to theater sound and he is the recipient of Drama Desk and LDI "Sound Designer of the Year" Awards as well as Honorary Fellowships from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
David H. Lurie (Stage Manager) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan marks Mr. Lurie's debut with Druid. Other Theater: Speed-the-Plow (Barrymore); Losing Louie (Biltmore); The Understudy, The Glass Menagerie (Roundabout); Coraline (MCC); Equivocation, From Up Here, Beauty of the Father, A Picasso (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Collection and A Kind of Alaska, The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic); Tryst (Promenade). Mr. Lurie has also worked with regional theaters including Huntington Theatre Company (seven seasons), Williamstown Theatre Festival (eight seasons), Signature Theatre (VA), Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Stage, and The Acting Company. He is a graduate of Boston University.
Sarah Lynch (Company Stage Director, Assistant
Stage Manager)
Ms. Lynch has worked since 1999 as Stage Manager with Druid and has toured extensively with the Company both at home and abroad. She has also played the part of the Old Woman in Druid's production of Sharon's Grave. Druid: The Silver Tassie, The Gigli Concert, The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom, The Cripple of Inishmaan, DruidSynge (as Stage Manager); Lynndie's Gotta Gun, a one-act play by Enda Walsh (as Director). Ms. Lynch is also an accomplished singersongwriter and in 2010 released her debut album, Letter to Friends.
Martin McDonagh (Writer) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan is Mr. McDonagh's fourth play with Druid. Plays: A Behanding in Spokane (Schoenfeld Theater, Broadway, 2010); The Pillowman (National Theatre, London, 2003; Booth Theatre, Broadway, 2005); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001; Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, 2006); The Lonesome West (DruidRoyal Court Theatre co-production, 1997; Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, 1999); A Skull in Connemara (DruidRoyal Court Theatre co-production, 1997); The Cripple of Inishmaan (National Theatre, London, 1997); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (DruidRoyal Court Theatre co-production, 1996; Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway, 1998). Film: In Bruges, Six Shooter (short), Seven Psychopaths, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.
Dearbhla Molloy [Eileen) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan (0809 Irish and UK tour, New York). Other Theater: Dancing at Lughnasa, Aristocrats, The Misanthrope, Translations, Ivanov, Living Quarters, Mrs. Warren's Profession, A Life (Abbey Theatre); Juno and the Paycock, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Touch of the Poet (Broadway); In Celebration, Arcadia, Hamlet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (West End); The Cripple of Inishmaan, Hinterland, On the Ledge (National Theatre); The Hostage, Shadow of a Gunman (RSC); Doubt (Tricycle); Macbeth (Bristol Old Vic); Phaedre, Uncle Vanya, The Philanthropist, Come on Over (Gate, Dublin); The Plough and the Stars (Gaiety). Awards: two Drama Desk Awards, Theatre World Special Award, London Critics Award, two Irish Theatre Awards, US Audie Award. Nominations: Tony Award, Royal Television Society Award, IFTA, Grammy Award. Film and Television: The Damned United, Tara Road, Blackwater Lightship, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, Foyle's War, Touch of Frost, Home for Christmas, GBH, 55 Degrees North.
Tadhg Murphy {Billy Claven) Druid: Penelope (New York, Ireland, Edinburgh, Finland), The Walworth Farce (0910 world tour, 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Empress of India (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival). Other Theater: MedEia (Corcodorca); Three Sisters, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest (Abbey Theatre); Dublin by Lamplight (Corn Exchange); The Taming of the Shrew (Rough Magic); The Real Thing (Giina Nua); Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Second Age); A Christmas Carol (Gate, Dublin). Film and Television: Pride and Joy, Jelly Baby, Boy Eats Girl, Alexander, Good Man Danny, Hide and Seek, Love is the Drug, No Tears, The Clinic.
Francis O'Connor (Designer) Mr. O'Connor is a regular collaborator with Garry Hynes and Druid. His designs for plays, musicals, and opera have been seen in Ireland, the UK, throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Druid: The Silver Tassie, The Gigli Concert, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Long Day's Journey into Night, Leaves, Empress of India, DruidSynge, The Playboy of the Western World, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Year of the Hiker, The Lonesome West, The Leenane Trilogy, Sive, My Brilliant Divorce, The Tinker's Wedding, Sharon's Grave. Awards: two Irish Times Best Design Awards, Boston Critics
Circle, Dora Mavor Moore Award, and most recently a nomination for the Faust Prize in Germany.
Paul Vincent O'Connor (Doctor McSharry) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan marks Mr. O'Connor's debut with Druid. Other Theater: August: Osage County (Sydney, Australia; US tour; National Theatre); The Seafarer (Geffen Playhouse). Film and Television: Seabiscuit, Inherit the Wind, Law & Order: Los Angeles, 24, West Wing, Numbers, Cold Case. Mr. O'Connor has worked extensively in theater, film, and television. His theater credits include 16 years as a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Laura Stanczyk (US Casting Director) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Long Day's Journey into Night. Other Theater: The Skylark, There are No Soulmates, Zeros and Ones, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, Translations, Damn Yankees (Encores! Summer Stars), Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Harps and Angels (Center Theatre Group), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Alley), Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Golden Age (Kennedy Center), Me Myself & I, Fetch Clay Make Man (McCarter), The Shawshank Redemption (DublinWest End), The Importance of Being Earnest (Rough Magic). Film and Television: Book of Kings, Once Upon a Mattress. Ms. Stanczyk has been nominated for four Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting.
Colin Towns (Composer) Druid: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Long Day's Journey into Night. Other Theater: The Prisoner of Second Avenue (London); Rain Man (London); Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Blackthorn, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, The Crucible, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Theatr Clywd); The Orpheus Suite (Birmingham Royal Ballet); The Little Foxes (Donmar); Royal Hunt of the Sun (Tokyo); Henry V (RSC). Film and Television: Maybe Baby, Albert Schweitzer, Essex Boys, Space Truckers, Full Circle, The Puppet Masters, Vampire's Kiss, Our Friends in the North, Doc Martin, Goodbye Mr Chips, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends,
Angelina Ballerina. Mr. Towns works with many European jazz big bands. Most recently he arranged, recorded, toured, and released a program of John Lennon's music entitled John Lennon--In My Own Write. This year he launches his new band Blue Touch Paper.
Founded in 1913, Actor's Equity Association
(AEA) represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the US. AEA's mission is to promote the art of live theater as an essential component of our society. AEA negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. AEA and the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) have maintained a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship through collective bargaining since 1966.
David Eden Productions, Ltd. (DEP) (Producer) has been one of the leading American organizations devoted to producing international work in the US for over 20 years. Most recently, DEP has produced North American tours of Druid's The Walworth Farce and DruidSynge, presenting their productions of The Shadow of the Glen and The Playboy of the Western World. Other recent tours include the Gate Theatre Dublin's Waiting for Godot. Declan Donnellan's Twelfth Night, Propeller's The Winter's Tale, Piccolo Teatro di Milano's Arlecchino, the Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow, Batsheva Dance Company, and the State Ballet of Georgia with the legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili. In 2004, David Eden curated Lincoln Center Festival's Ashton Celebration, a two-week centennial retrospective at the Metropolitan Opera House celebrating master choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton. Other notable projects include US tours of the Bolshoi Ballet; festival programs for the Kennedy Center, including Arts of the United Kingdom (2001), Island: Arts from Ireland (2000), and Art of the State: Israel at 50 (1998); and premiere presentations of international theater and dance projects at the BAM Next Wave and Lincoln Center Festivals.
This week's performances of The Cripple of Inishmaan mark Druid's UMS debut.
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For Druid:
Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
Maire Mhic Ghiolla losa, Uachtaran na hEireann
Seamus O'Grady, Chairman Tarlach de Blacam Breda Ryan Eugene O'Kelly Donal Shiels Donncha O'Connell
Garry Hynes
Mick Lally (1945-2010)
Marie Mullen
Garry Hynes, Artistic Director
Bernie Harrigan, Finance Director
Tim Smith, General Manager
Thomas Conway, Literary Manager
Sinead McPhillips, Marketing & Development
Ruth Gordon, Administrator Lisa Nolan, Financial Administrator
Eamonn Fox, Production Manager
Barry O'Brien, Technical Manager
Gus Dewar, Master Carpenter
Tony Cording, Deputy Master Carpenter
Peter Nelson, Carpenter
Pete Casby and Matt Guinnane, Special Props
Shannon Light, Technician
Sandra Butler, Jason McCaffrey, Noel Tate,
and Dympna Tate, Scenic Painters Doreen McKenna, Costume Supervisor Val Sherlock, Wigs and Makeup Kate Bowe PR, Publicist BitelAssociates, Graphic Design Robert Day, Production Photography
Druid is grant-aided by the Arts Council of Ireland and gratefully acknowledges the support of Culture Ireland for funding its international touring program. The Cripple of Inishmaan is presented as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's yearlong season of Irish arts in America in 2011.
For David Eden Productions, Ltd.:
David Eden, Producer Erica Charpentier, General Manager Trevor Long, Production Manager Scott Watson, Public Relations Elise-Ann Konstantin, Visa Coordinator Lori Harrison, Atlas Travel, Travel Agent

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