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May 9, 2024

Preview Groundbreaking Dance in the 24/25 Season


UMS is known for welcoming cutting-edge international dance companies to Ann Arbor, and our 24/25 dance lineup proudly continues this rich legacy! Explore the artists and works coming to the Power Center stage in the new season:

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
13 Tongues

Sat-Sun, Oct 26-27 // Power Center

Choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung’s work 13 Tongues recalls his mother’s stories about a legendary street artist in the 1960s. Cheng transforms his childhood memories of Taoist rites and the bustling street life of Bangka (艋舺), the oldest district in Taipei, into a dreamlike fantasy world. Beginning and ending with the sound of a single hand bell, the evocative musical score interweaves Taiwanese folk songs, Taoist chant, and electronica on a journey from the ancient to the contemporary.

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Shamel Pitts | TRIBE
BLACK HOLE: Trilogy and Triathlon

Fri-Sat, Mar 14-15 // Power Center

Three Black dancers share the stage in a narrative of unity, vigor, and unrelenting advancement. Their journey originates in the darkness of the titular Black Hole, understood not as a cosmic void but a metaphorical place of transformation and potential. Engulfed in an evocative soundscape of original music, sound samples, and spoken word, the dancers embark on an hour-long, uninterrupted journey in movement, in which their tenacity and grace are emphasized by cinematic video projections and stark, monochromatic lights.

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Peeping Tom
TRIPTYCH: The Missing Door, The Lost Room, and The Hidden Floor

Fri-Sat, Mar 28-29 // Power Center

In this noirish labyrinth of missing doors, lost rooms, and hidden floors — “scenes you’d rather expect from the brain of David Lynch” — time, memory, and premonition revolve around the illusions, utopias, and lost loves of characters who act out their own enigmatic fiction, continually drifting away and searching for one another. Originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater, Triptych is performed by the acclaimed Belgian dance-theater company Peeping Tom.

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24/25 Season Ticket packages are on sale now! You can experience these three groundbreaking dance performers for as little as $75 with a Dance Series subscription. Or, craft a performance season as unique as you and save 10% with Series:You. Either way, you’ll get early access to the best seats in the Power Center — and at the best prices — before individual event tickets go on sale in August.

Subscribers save up to 17% over individual event prices and receive other great benefits as well, including discounts throughout the year to all UMS events, free exchange privileges, installment billing, and more!

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