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Presented By: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Guest Performance: “Together is Close Enough” - Vim Vigor Dance Company

Bring a smart phone and earbud/ear phones for the best experience.

Under the open sky, four performers will enter a space of intimacy - where the desire to be close to one another after a year of distance propels their bodies into wild action and joyous abandon. Created against the backdrop of nature, audiences will experience a 25-minute immersive, outdoor performance with
four dancers and an original symphonic score by Scott Li, that catapults gorgeous melodic lines of longing into the intimacy of your earbuds. Linking topography, human form in movement, and the audience’s individual perspectives, TOGETHER IS CLOSE ENOUGH will lead each participant to a cathartic experience of closeness within our pandemic-induced seclusion. With daredevil physicality, VIM VIGOR communicates the complexity of human relationships through their signature dance-theater aesthetic, bodies will flare, emotions will flood, and the sharp urgency of our deepest feelings will rocket through space.

Shannon Gillen is Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Concept, Direction: Shannon Gillen
Choreography: Shannon Gillen and Jason Cianciulli
Choreographic Collaboartors: Kiley Dolaway, Marija Obradovic, Jovick Pavajeau
Performance: Jason Cianciulli, Kiley Dolaway, Marija Obradovic, Jovick Pavajeau
Sound Score: Scott Li

VIM VIGOR is one of the US’s most exciting, highly physical, dance-theater companies. Following a successful run in Germany as both a choreographer and dancer, Shannon Gillen returned to New York City to form VIM VIGOR. Interested in founding a collaborative think tank, where the most innovative and profoundly gifted artists could come together to create cutting edge dance theater, VIM VIGOR represents a paradigm shift in the creative process, with all original music, writing, set, media and movement created collaboratively by the company and wit ongoing creative relationships. Through its signature combination of bombastic contemporary movement with cinematic dreamscapes, VIM VIGOR aims to engage and galvanize audiences from all walks of life.

TOGETHER IS CLOSE ENOUGH was made possible by a generous UMOR Grant from The University of Michigan and through a partnership with The Community Ballet School of Ann Arbor.


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