the Detroit REVIVAL Project will bring together local artists to collaborate in a shared performance space in order to build a stronger arts community in Detroit.
WHAT IS THE DETROIT REVIVAL PROJECT:
The ConTempus musicians and ArtLab J dancers are seeking submissions of short work(s) by Michigan-based composers. While not mandatory, works related to or inspired by various landmarks, scenes, stories, and spirits of Detroit, Michigan will be given priority consideration. The final selection(s) will be read, choreographed, and rehearsed in a workshop setting, then performed publicly and recorded live.
Members of ConTempus will be performing an originally composed piece of music by artist along with ArtLab J's Summer Dance Lab dancers creation at the Detroit Dance City Festival.
After the performance there will be a talk back with both Members of ConTempus, and the dancers and guest artist from the Detroti Revival Project. The program will last a total of 45 minutes
In collaboration with Summer Dance Lab (August 2 - 9, 2018), an 8 day program of workshops, creations, and a performance where dancers have the opportunity to work closely with guest artists. All dancers enrolled in the Summer Dance Lab will take class every morning with International artist Kang Seok Lee from South Korea. After class dancers will have the opportunity to be a part of the creation project through one of the two pieces that will be created during the 8 days.
MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERs:
Barbara Selinger is artistic director of DDCdances, a company she co-founded in 1980. She is the only Michigan dance artist awarded six Creative Artist Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs to create, perform and produce her work. Her choreography, celebrated for its humanity, has been presented throughout Michigan, in Detroit, Chicago, New York City and Toronto. Barbara has more than 30 years experience in higher education where she mentors students pursuing dance careers, and conducts numerous dance/arts classes, in schools grades K-12. She has earned a MEd in Dance - Wayne State University (WSU) and BA - Anna Maria College. She was awarded the prestigious Arts Achievement Award from WSU, Teacher of the Year Award from the Michigan Dance Association, selected as one of 3 artists for the Governor’s People’s Choice Award for outstanding Michigan artist, and was the 2015 recipient of Michigan Youth Arts Touchstone Award as educator of the year.
Jiyoung HWANG is an international choreographer, performer, and educator from Daejeon, Korea. She's on PhD program and she holds M.A degree from Chungnam National University. She is a member of Meta Dance Company. She teaches contemporary dance at Kangwon National University, Chungnam National University and Chungnam Arts High School in Korea.
Jiyoung’s 「Dummy(2017)」 work was selected as the best choreographer at the New Dance Festival's next-generation choreographer competition. She was also recognized as a choreographer for Separate(2009), DREAMISNOWHERE(2010), Push and pull(2010), Separate collar(2012), to exist N't(2013), Black(2014), choice(2015), Children (2016), pair(2017), Dummy(2017), Without People and People (2017). It was selected as the next-generation Atista hosted and hosted by the Daejeon Cultural Foundation in 2016-2017 and has been active internationally by appearing in guest performances of the Dumbo Festival in New York and Mexico.
Most recently, her perfomance on "Takeout Dancing Alone" in dance was given a reputation as experimental.
MEET THE COMPOSERs:
Composer and guitarist Alan Torok has performed as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, theatrical musician and musical lecturer in Canada, UK, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and Netherlands. His compositional output includes music for most genres of instrumental and vocal music. His guitar music has been
performed in Canada, USA, South America and Europe, and is published by Canadian and American publishers. In 2017 movements from his string orchestra work, States of Mind, were performed and recorded for Munich radio by the acclaimed German jugendkammerorchester, Violinissimo. This year’s international performances include events in Belgium (Clarinetfest 2018) and Greece (Volos International Guitar Festival). Torok lived as an immigrant at Gratiot and 6-mile Road from 1960 to 1969. He attended Cass Tech from 1962 to 1965 as a visual art major. In recent years that formative period of his life has become a prominent subject of his musical imagination. He has written several extended chamber music cycles based on his Detroit experiences.
Toronto, July 2018
Winner of Fort Worth Opera’s 2017 Frontiers Competition, Evan L. Snyder is best known for his work for the operatic stage. A singer himself, Evan is drawn to lush melodic and harmonic writing, but most importantly, to the story-telling aspect of music. A keen advocate for the potential of the operatic art form, he is very excited that his first full length opera, A Capacity for Evil, will be premiered this September, with Detroit’s Opera MODO. Evan has also recently made his first forays into the world of chamber music, first as a part of a 2017 collaboration between MSU and the esteemed Fifth House Ensemble, and then as a 2018 participant in Fifth House’s Freshinc Festival. These collaborations have allowed him to explore the narrative potentials of chamber music and the ways story can be pierced by audience in that medium. He is very excited to be here today as a part of the 2018 Detroit REVIVAL Project. Evan is proud to be a current graduate student of the College of Music at MSU and honored to hold the position of graduate assistant to MSU’s composition area.
About Members of ConTempus:
ConTempus Initiative is a Mid-Michigan based contemporary music ensemble. ConTempus musicians are committed to finding a balance between standard repertoire and newly commissioned works to present performances that connect with today’s audiences. Since its founding in 2014, ConTempus Initiative has established an annual collaboration with ArtLab J and professional and student composers to present Detroit REVIVAL Project performances. Drawing on the member's wide-ranging careers as performers, composers, educators, and scholars, ConTempus' principal activities include commissioning new works, discovering unpublished works by living composers, collaborating with other forms of art, and presenting educational workshops and community outreach.
PAST DETROIT REVIVAL PROJECTS