recent news and upcoming engagements

Amy Chavasse traveled with nine BFA Dance, and Dance Minor students to participate in the first U-M Department of Dance Study Abroad program in Seville, Spain, led by Catherine Coury (BFA 2010) and Mario Bermudez Gil (Marcat Dance Company), teaching Gaga and Marcat technique. Chavasse contributed classes in Improvisation. She then joined Dance MFA students for a week of classes, exchange and performances in San José, Costa Rica, teaching at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, and performed at The Costa Rican North American Cultural Center. She attended a mid-summer performance residency at The Croft, on Lake Charlevoix, MI, where she worked as collaborator and director for a new project with Sarah Konner, (BFA 2010), Austin Selden (BFA 2010) and NYC based artist, Beth Graczyk. In August, she worked with Nicole Reehorst (MFA 2019), and Emily Soong (BFA 2019) to create a new duet “Plunder Thunder” that premiered at the Detroit Dance City Festival and was selected from The Choreographer’s Showcase, to participate in the 2020 International New Dance Festival in South Korea.

New York based artists, Beth Graczyk and John Gutierrez, will join Chavasse, Reehorst and Soong in Shanghai to premiere their new work, “King Lear in the Forest”. The Shanghai residency will include classes, workshops and performances.

Informal showing of the new trio, at The Lavendar Barn in Horton Bay, MI

Thunder Plunder, 2019

Thunder Plunder performance at The Shanghai Tower, October 2019

Performers—Nicole Reehorst & Emily Soong

Improvisation class at The Beijing Dance Festival, 2012

The Hunger for the Longing

“Dance: The Perfect Instrument for Expressing Protest”

Urban City Festival

Plunder Thunder

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