This weekend at UMS: Company Wang Ramirez/ Elias Quartet



Company Wang Ramirez

Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, dancers and choreographers

Original music by Jean-Philippe Barrios (aka Lacrymoboy)

Friday, March 9 // 8 pm

Saturday, March 10 // 8 pm

Power Center

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang bring a new choreographic language to the stage, shaped by their diverse backgrounds and experiences. The French-Hispanic-Korean couple translates their complicity in difference through artistic blending with their means of expression built on technical virtuosity, poetry, humor, and the questioning of human identities.

In Borderline, dance is expanded in a dialogue between technique and the art of rigging. A cast of six performers is hooked up to an aerial rigging system, allowing them to defy gravity with nuanced choreography that explores visual metaphors of flight, struggle, freedom, constraint, and the forces that connect us and tear us apart. Social boundaries are evoked by the interplay of physical forces on the stage as well as through testimonies collected from the dancers’ friends and relatives.

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Opening Night Post-Performance Q&A

Must have a ticket to that evening’s performance to attend. Friday, March 9.

You Can Dance: Company Wang Ramirez

Dancers from Company Wang Ramirez will lead an exploration of the company’s movement style.  No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-up begins at 12:50 pm. Saturday, March 10 from 1:30-2:50 at the Ann Arbor YMCA (400 W Washington St).

Funded in part by:  Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts


Elias String Quartet

Elias Quartet

Sunday, March 11 // 4 pm

Rackham Auditorium

The London-based Elias String Quartet was founded in 1998.The Quartet’s intense and vibrant performances with their groundbreaking Beethoven Project have led them to international acclaim. The project was performed in 11 major venues in the UK and broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

For this concert, the ensemble considers how composers after Beethoven lived up to his monumental legacy. Some of them approached their string quartets by expanding his musical language; others took a more poetic and imaginative turn of phrase. This particular program focuses on the freshness and fluidity of the music of Schubert and Dvořák, both of whom had a particular gift for writing melodies that seemed to spring from an endless well of inspiration.


Schubert                    Quartettsatz in c minor, D. 703

Dvořák                      Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51

Schubert                    Quartet No. 14 in d minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)

Supporting Sponsors: Joel Howell and Linda Samuelson

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A recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts, UMS (also known as the University Musical Society) contributes to a vibrant cultural community by connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, UMS is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Michigan, presenting over 70 music, theater, and dance performances by professional touring artists each season, along with over 100 free educational activities. UMS is committed to bold artistic leadership, engaged learning through the arts, and access and inclusiveness. Since 1990, the organization has co-commissioned and supported the production of nearly 80 new or reimagined works. Matthew VanBesien joined UMS as its seventh president in July 2017.

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