Among the Darkest Shadows Feb. 16-19 Among the Darkest Shadows is written by California-based playwright José Cruz González and follows Lodi and Pinta’s harrowing journey through contemporary enslavement and their struggle to be free. The story is told largely through innovative dance portraying the magical realism of Gonzalez’s writing, featuring his signature style of larger-than-life characters, bold visuals, poetic images and striking symbolism. This commissioned dance is part of Wharton Center’s Dance Series and is made possible by the William Wright Endowment Fund for New Works. There will be an insight preview and after chat at both performances. The after chats will take place following the performances and the insight previews will be held at 6:45 p.m. for the Thursday performance and 12:15 p.m. for the Sunday performance. Cabaret Feb. 21-26 Cabaret is the story of a group of artists and performers in Nazi Germany. It is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. This Tony Award-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including Cabaret, Willkommen, and Maybe This Time. Cabaret premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in addition to the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, the Variety Poll of New York Critics, and London’s Evening Standard Award. The original Broadway production played 1,166 performances. Stomp March 31-April 2 See what all the noise is about. Stomp is an eight-member troupe that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse pounding electrifying show. THE COLLEGE OF MUSIC The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart March 22-26 Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium Often described as “the perfect opera,” this combination of Mozart’s sublime music and Lorenzo daPonte’s sparkling adaptation of the Beaumarchais play has delighted audiences for more than 230 years. This enduring tale of class differences and privilege is particularly relevant today in the era of the “one percent.” Florestan and Eusebius The Music of Robert Schumann Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series April 3, 7:30 p.m. Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium The ultimate Romantic composer, Schumann creatively named the two sides to his personality. Impetuous Florestan and sensitive Eusebius became key figures in Schumann’s imaginary “Davidsbünd,” a Band of David who stood up to the artistic Philistines of the day. Piano Monster MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series April 15, 3:00 p.m. Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium A beautiful, resounding wall of sound. Four grand pianos fill the stage with College of Music piano faculty artists commanding the instruments with a collective virtuosity like no other. THE BROAD ART MUSEUM Jan Tichy MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series January 21–April 23 Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy has become increasingly well-known for his large-scale, community-based initiatives that respond directly to local, contemporary issues. For this residency, Tichy has been invited to address the Flint water crisis, working closely with high school students from Flint and Lansing to explore how different forms of creative expression can be used to communicate ideas and messages, while also touching on themes of social and restorative justice. The Transported Man April 29–October 22 Marc-Olivier Wahler, the museum’s new director, will be mounting an ambitious exhibition that will activate the entire museum for the first time. The Transported Man reflects on what is visible (and invisible) in our ordinary life and to what extent the notion of belief plays a role in how we interpret the world around us. Taking its title from a magic trick described in the novel The Prestige, by Christopher Priest—wherein a magician on stage disappears through a door and reappears from another one a few yards away—this trick, like many other illusions, relies on the notion of belief as cultivated between the magician and their audience.
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