Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Town Monday-Detroit Passport to the Arts-EDE

For the fourth cultural event on our Detroit Passport to the Arts (surely the best $99 I've ever spent) we saw a lovely tribute to rock music by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. EDE is a local group I've meant to see for years and boy, I sure should have. They just rocked the house with their sinewy, slippery, acrobatic moves. The video above is from a piece they did last year and I wish I had seen that one too.

Is there anything lovelier than a modern dancer's body? As much as I don't get a lot of contemporary art, I do get contemporary dance and prefer it to ballet, which always seems stiff and confining and embalmed. I highly recommend both going to see EDE and taking advantage of the Detroit Passport to the Arts Program. I believe they have funding for a second year.

Do you dig modern dance? With the loss of funding, I'm worried this will be one of the first cultural things to be left behind. I know roads and cops and education are important but a hallmark of a great society is also its investment in the arts.


Naomi Johnson said...

Columbus's BalletMet (they do both classical and modern dance) seems to be doing well here. They are doing a show called American Legends later this month, with dance based on music by Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Pilobolus will be here in May.

I had tickets to Ailey II last February. And last year I saw Ballet Folklorico de Mexico; that was terrific (and contemporary).

Yeah, it looks like contemporary dance is alive and well around here.

debra said...

this is great! and what a bargain. There is nothing quite like live theater!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Patricia! I'm so glad you enjoyed the performance and I appreciate your kudos and promotion!

Barrie said...

This is wonderful! I don't think we have anything quite like the Passport to the Arts here in San Diego.