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UMS in the Classroom: Nederlands Dans Theatre

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Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at skfitz@umich.edu or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email umsclasstickets@umich.edu to set up a group order.

Connect:

This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Global and Intercultural Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Composition
  • Theatre & Drama
  • Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Education
  • Kinesiology

Explore:

  • Connect with NDT by watching the documentary the company created¬†for World Ballet Day.
  • In 2010, The Guardian provided a primer on NDT’s history, style and repertoire.

Reflect:

  • Compare the movement vocabulary of Crystal Pite with that of Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. What kinds of movements and patterns characterize their work? What unique demands do they each make on the dancers?
  • “Dance theatre” is an increasingly popular term (first popularized in the work of choreographer Pina Bausch) for modern dance which draws upon narrative and design elements of theatre practice. Would you consider the works on this program to be “dance theatre”? Why or why not?