- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A dance, music and poetry performance planned this month in Muskegon explores the potential for alternative energy such as wind power to change the area.

Titled “Into the Wind,” the performance is scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23 at Grand Valley State University’s Renewable Energy Center at Muskegon Lake. It’s a collaboration involving the school, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Muskegon community.

“This project is … a nice opportunity to link Grand Valley and the University of Michigan in a collaboration that will allow students, faculty and the community to engage and learn from each other,” T. Arnold Boezaart, who has served as director of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, said in a statement.

The event includes a new work choreographed by Grand Valley dance professor and University of Michigan alumnus Shawn Bible. Performers include University of Michigan dance professor Robin Wilson, who has a solo dance inspired by a painting at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Music will incorporate sounds of wind turbines. A community discussion led by project collaborators and area alternative energy leaders is planned after the performance.

The collaboration is led by University of Michigan dance professor Jessica Fogel. Muskegon, like many cities in Michigan, once relied heavily on traditional manufacturing to support its economy and the Renewable Energy Center stands on a former manufacturing site.

“The dance looks back at the legacy of the site and looks forward to the hopes and dreams of the future,” Fogel told an audience in June during a preview at Ann Arbor Dance Works. The score for the performance includes voices of those who once worked there.





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