Spectrum, An Evening of Contemporary Dance

March 14, 2016

On March 4 and 5, Interlochen dancers took the stage at Corson Auditorium for a celebration of contemporary dance covering the "spectrum" of choreographic styles. For the first time ever, Interlochen Center for the Arts performed a piece by renowned choreographer Mark Morris. Morris’s avant garde POLKA was joined by world premieres from Interlochen Arts Academy dance faculty members Justin Koertgen, Nicola Conraths Lange, Matthew Lindstrom and Wendy Masterson. The performance of Detroit Juke was a collaboration between the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance and Comparative Arts departments, and included specific research into the history of Motown music and 20th century Detroit history.

Much of Spectrum, An Evening of Contemporary Dance featured live musical accompaniment from fellow Interlochen students and faculty members. Dance students will take the Corson stage again May 20 and 21 during their Spring dance performance.

Special thanks to Point Park University, Mark Morris Dance Company and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Contemporary dance performances included:

Choreography: Mark Morris

Choreographer: Wendy Masterson

The Resilient
Choreography: Joshua Manculich

Silent are the birds to her sad laments
Choreography by the cast and Matthew Lindsrom

Detroit Juke
Curated by Nicola Conraths-Lange and Justin Koertgen
Choreographer: Katie Piselli after authentic jazz routines