Take Root to host ‘one night only’ performance July 21 in The Cube

Take Root to host ‘one night only’ performance July 21 in The Cube
Take Root to perform at The Cube
Take Root, the professional modern dance company-in-residence at Oakland University, will present "An Evening of Movement & Music," — a one night only performance — at 7 p.m. July 21 in The Cube.

Join Take Root, the professional modern dance company co-founded and directed by Oakland University dance faculty Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner, for An Evening of Movement & Music, the one night only performance beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 in “The Cube,” the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s revamped performance space located inside Detroit’s Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.


“Take Root is thrilled to be back in Detroit,” said Woerner, an associate professor of dance at OU. “We can’t wait to mix Take Root’s unique aesthetic with The Cube’s beautiful and fresh atmosphere. It’s the perfect summer collaboration.”


Known for their intricate partnering, thought provoking details and unrestricted vision, Take Root will make its debut in The Cube with a unique program featuring live music, their underwater dance film Ripples from the Skin We Shed and the premiere of their newest work, Airplanes and Elevators, which was inspired by the company’s recent tour of Berlin, Germany.


Airplanes and Elevators was inspired by people we met in short interactions during our time there,” said Jonutz, an associate professor of dance at OU. “We found it fascinating how meetings with strangers in places like airplanes and elevators could be so impactful.”


Tickets are $15 general admission, $40 for a “Family 4 Pack, or $49 for the VIP Experience, which includes general admission, one free drink and one food voucher. Tickets can be purchased online at dso.org.


About Take Root


Consisting of nine performers including dancers, musicians and Take Root’s musical director/composer, Take Root has commanded attention with their intricate partnering, thought provoking details and unrestricted vision. The dance company’s kinesthetic connections to one another and their audiences creates thoughtful and visceral works of art; from the smallest gesture to the most explosive charges of movement.


Since 2013, Take Root has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea,  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Detroit Institute of Arts, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, TEDx, Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, The Music Hall Center for Performing Arts Detroit, Hamlin Field House Theater/Chicago, presented lecture/workshops for NDEO, The University of Costa Rica, ACDF, the 21st Century Arts and Arts Education Conference and received grant funding from Oakland University’s Research Department, the Senate for Teaching and Learning, Oakland County’s Brooksie Way Mini Grant, “An Anonymous Grant,”  Oakland University’s Community Engagement Grant, The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester’s Cupp Family and Friend’s Youth Endowed Fund.


The company’s mission is to Impact Lives Through Dance. With that in mind, Take Root also hosts four Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes throughout Southeast Michigan, including a free weekly class at Oakland University and starts a weekly residency at Oakland Family Services this fall.


For more information, visit www.takerootdance.com.