Greetings from the desk of Vince Paul

President and Artistic Director

Hello from a bustling downtown Detroit! The season is in full swing and it’s full of great performances that speak to the rich diversity of people who live and play here.

This month the biggest news is our presentation of Shen Wei Dance Arts on November 14 & 15. Shen Wei is one of the most celebrated artists working today, bringing a unique East-West perspective to both his choreography and visual art. Who *didn’t* see his amazing work for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics? We’ve snagged the Company before they take off for a long European tour, and it will be an incredible and culturally significant weekend for the City of Detroit. Check our website for pre-show and post-performance gatherings, as we partner with the Library Street Collective and MOCAD to bring everyone together (which is really one of our favorite things to do anyway!)

First weekend of the month is hot, with a concert on the 6th that showcases the collaboration of superstar jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty and prog-rock icon Jon Anderson,AndersonPonty Band. The very next night, contemporary dance fans will get to see the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ superstars, when the Shaping Sound dancers take over with their cutting-edge brand of movement Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined. There might be a little screaming from their teenage fans…


Our friends at Lightwire Theatre, who make magical creatures with electroluminescent wires, have a brand-new Christmas show that kicks off the holiday season on November 22. They’ll steal your heart and tickle your funny bone all at the same time. Finally, our Jazz Café favorites Dionne Farris and Russell Gunn will light up that room again on the 27th.  They have a strong following, so grab your tickets early for this one and check out the rest of the incredible season lineup. Plan your theatre season, mark your calendars, and take advantage of our new subscription series pricing of $99 for five shows in any series: Contemporary Dance, World Cultures, or Family Theatre. Check out all that’s coming up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

As always, "I'll see you downtown"

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