UMS

Community Programs

UMS offers the community exceptional learning experiences, workshops, Q&A events, and more. Come back in Fall 2017 for an updated listing, and check back often for updates.

You Can Dance

Join dancers from our visiting companies for an exploration of the company’s movement style. No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity.

You Can Dance: Ragamala Dance Company

You Can Dance - Community Programs (FREE EVENT)

You Can Dance: Ragamala Dance Company

Saturday, October 21, 1:30 - 2:50 pm
You Can Dance: Urban Bush Women

You Can Dance - Community Programs (FREE EVENT)

You Can Dance: Urban Bush Women

Saturday, January 13, 1:30 - 2:50 pm
You Can Dance: Company Wang Ramirez

You Can Dance - Community Programs (FREE EVENT)

You Can Dance: Company Wang Ramirez

Saturday, March 10, 1:30 - 2:50 pm
You Can Dance: Nederlands Dans Theater

You Can Dance - Community Programs (FREE EVENT)

You Can Dance: Nederlands Dans Theater

Saturday, March 24, 1:30 - 2:50 pm
Photo credit: Jesse Meria
 

Post-Show Q&As with Artists

After most opening night dance and theater performances, join us for a post-performance Q&A to get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring creativity to the stage. You must have ticket to that evening’s performance to attend.

Please see individual performance pages for specific post-show Q&A dates and times.

Ragamala Dance Company

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Written in Water
Ragamala Dance Company

Friday, October 20
Urban Bush Women

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Hair & Other Stories
Urban Bush Women

Friday, January 12
Underground Railroad Game

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Underground Railroad Game
Ars Nova

Wednesday, January 17 - Sunday, January 21
Us/Them

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Us/Them
BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions

Wednesday, January 24 - Sunday, January 28
They, Themself, and Schmerm

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

They, Themself, and Schmerm

Wednesday, January 31 - Saturday, February 3
American Ballet Theatre

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Romeo and Juliet
American Ballet Theatre

Thursday, February 8 - Sunday, February 11
Company Wang Ramirez

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Borderline
Company Wang Ramirez

Friday, March 9 - Saturday, March 10
Nederlands Dans Theater

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Nederlands Dans Theater

Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24
Bubble Schmeisis

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Bubble Schmeisis

Thursday, March 22 - Sunday, March 25
Cold Blood

Artist Q&As - Community Programs

Cold Blood

Thursday, April 19 - Saturday, April 21
Photo credit: Jesse Meria
 

Pre-performance talks

Join UMS for a brief pre-performance talk before select performances. Just 15 minutes long, each talk offers interesting information and provocative questions for thinking about and watching the performance. Most of these talks are a part of our Renegade series which celebrates artistic innovation, experimentation, and discovery.

Please see individual performance pages for specific pre-performance talk dates and times.

Pre-performance talks

Pre-show Talk: Musical text painting in Handel’s Messiah

Pre-performance Talks - Community Programs (FREE EVENT)

Pre-show Talk: Musical text painting in Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, December 2

UMS 101 & UMS Night School

Curious about UMS, but haven’t taken the plunge? Want to learn more about an unfamiliar artist or genre? UMS and Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (“Rec & Ed”) are teaming up to offer pre-performance classes created especially for first-time UMS attendees, for curious audience members, and for anyone who simply enjoys attending performances with a group. Each UMS 101 class will be facilitated by a dance, jazz, or classical music expert and feature conversation, interactive exercises, and mini lectures that will help you better understand the genre and have a more enjoyable UMS performance experience. The classes will bring you together with other audience members who are curious about the performing arts and want to learn more.

Registration for UMS 101 includes a ticket to the performance, workshop fees, transportation to/from the performance venue, and light snacks before the performance.

To participate in UMS 101 and UMS Night School, you must register through the Rec & Ed website and pay the registration fee (which includes a ticket to the performance).

Instructors will be announced when registration opens. Class sessions will take place at Pioneer High School, and group transportation will be provided to and from the performance venue via charter bus. (Sorry, no ticket exchanges or refunds for previously purchased tickets.)

Please see individual event pages for specific registration information.

UMS 101: Dance

Night School - Community Programs

UMS 101: Dance
Ragamala Dance Company

Friday, October 20
UMS 101: Jazz

Night School - Community Programs

UMS 101: Jazz
Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland

Wednesday, November 1
UMS 101: Classical Music

Night School - Community Programs

UMS 101: Classical Music
New York Philharmonic

Saturday, November 18
UMS Night School: Writing about Performance

Night School - Community Programs

UMS Night School:
Writing about Performance

Monday, February 12 - Monday, March 26

No Safety Net Events

Workshop: Speculative Histories

Performance (FREE EVENT)

Workshop: Speculative Histories

Monday, January 15, 7 - 9 pm
No Safety Net Keynote Event: Theater Matters: Activism,  Imagination, Citizenship
Workshop: Introduction to Systemic  Racism with ERACCE

Performance (FREE EVENT)

Workshop: Introduction to Systemic Racism with ERACCE

Saturday, January 20, 10 am - 5 pm
FRAME: A salon series on visual art, performance, and identity

Performance (FREE EVENT)

FRAME: A salon series on visual art, performance, and identity

Monday, January 22 - Monday, March 19
Panel: Russia’s Complex Relationship with the North Caucasus: Past and Present
Lecture: Crackdown in Chechnya
Lecture and Panel: Gender Identity 101 & Being Transgender in our Community

Performance (FREE EVENT)

Lecture and Panel: Gender Identity 101 & Being Transgender in our Community

Saturday, February 3, 6 - 7:30 pm
Decompress: A closing night celebration of No Safety Net

Performance (FREE EVENT)

Decompress: A closing night celebration of No Safety Net

Saturday, February 3, 9:30 pm - 1 am