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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 2, 1997)
GOODTIME from page 13
Much like a student’s scholar
ship for outstanding academic per
formance, the New Duncan
Imperials have landed a partial
sponsorship by Jagermeister for the
same type of dedication.
“Alcohol is very important to
us,” Goodtime said. “It’s the fuel
that feeds our fire, and
Jagermeister provides us with
inspiration. We have a song where
we sing ‘Jagermeister blows your
In addition to subject matter,
the Jagermeister company also
supplied the band with an authentic
Jagermeister guitar, as well as play
“I wouldn’t know what life
would be like on the road without
alcohol,” Goodtime said,
The band members’ typical dis
orientation (“I don’t know if we’ve
played in Nebraska ... is it near
Wichita?”) - due to either the glow
from the Jagermeister or their poly
ester tuxedos - is also reflected in
their music, a sound Goodtime
describes as an alternative to the
“We are what you’d get if you
had Johnny Cash playing Black
Sabbath covers in the Brady
Bunch’s basement,” he said.
On the road, the irreverence and
spontaneity of the New Duncan
Imperials make Gwar look some
what trite and Madonna seem prud
“It was something I could only
watch for an hour or two before I
had to turn away,” he said.
Not satisfied with cheap tuxe
dos and straw hats, the New
Duncan Imperials have added a
more interactive visual facet to
their performances. This includes
such typically underused gimmicks
like a toilet paper shooting gun, a
velour beast head (the animal from
which they made many of their gar
ments) and a confetti cannon.
“Sometimes if you’re not pay
ing close attention to the confetti
cannon, it will damn near blow
your head off,” Goodtime said.
The show also will include free
toys, sparklers and a lot of liquor,
“We’re above Les Miserables,”
The show begins at 9:30 p.m.
and has a $4 cover charge.
Experience gives \
SEWELL from page 12
possibilities. In Minneapolis, we’re the
Moving to Minneapolis also
offered Sewell opportunities to hire
permanent dancers. Sewell said this
was important in helping the company
While auditioning dancers, Sewell
looked for a solid classical ballet base.
Then, he had the dancers try some of |
his own movement
“They have to have a hunger to 1
move in other ways,” Sewell explained.
“I also look to see if they can break
through the frustration of learning to
move in new ways.”
Since the company is small, Sewell
said personality was a key factor.
“Sometimes we’re together 24
hours a day, seven days a week,” he
said. “Personality can change things.” j
Since the company moved to
Minneapolis in 1993, the season has
grown to include approximately 97
annual performances. The dancers ■
travel throughout the United States and
performed in Bermuda last year.
“We like to perform in areas where
dance has less exposure,” Peterson
explained. “It allows us to introduce
audiences to ballet.”
Upcoming ballet show
mixes ragtime, classic
BALLET from page 12
Following “Good Mourning”
will be “Tarantella,” choreo
graphed by George Balanchine in
1964 and set to music by Louis
Moreau Gottschalk. Balanchine
based this piece on an Italian folk
dance and originally choreo
graphed it for Edward Villella and
Patricia McBride, two of New
York City Ballet’s leading stars at
The program also will feature
Hernando Cortez’s “Whisper at a
Thousand.” Cortez danced with
the Paul Taylor Dance Company
for nine years before starting his
own company, Cortez and Co. He
choreographed “Whisper” to the
second movement of Philip
Glass’s Concerto for Violin and
Orchestra. The piece deals with
man’s strength in despair and his
redemption through death.
Following Cortez’s piece will
be another piece by Sewell,
“Late.” This duet performed to
music by Paul Schoenfield takes a
tongue-in-cheek look at how two
people might react in a relation
The last piece of the evening
will be Sewell’s “Appalachia,”
with music by Edgar Meyer and
Mark O’Connor. Sewell divides
this piece into six sections and
covers a variety of different rela
tionships, from the intimacy of
siblings to the caring of a commu
Tickets are $24, $20 and $16
for general admission, and are
half price for students. Call 472
4747 for reservations.
Charlotte Adams, director of
the University of Nebraska
Lincoln dance program, will give
two 15-minute pre-performance
talks at 7:05 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. in
the Lied’s Steinhart Room.
ROSS from page 13
have a file cabinet full of pho
tographs and not make money.”
Ross graduated with a mas
ter’s in business administration
at Vanderbilt University in
He made photography a full
time profession nearly eight
years ago and has used about
650 rolls of film a year since,
photographing wildlife across
the nation. Alaska and
Yellowstone National Park are
two of his favorite areas.
Ross ran into one of his
more adventuresome encoun
ters photographing Yellowstone:
He was charged by a bison.
Another close call came
when Ross was shooting an alli
gator in Louisiana. The creature
was under a boardwalk. As Ross
finished taking photos and was
picking up his tripod, it fell into
the swamp where the alligator
“I stretched out to -grab the
tripod, and I just about went
headfirst into the swamp,” he
Ross said he had learned
throughout his experiences that
photographing wildlife required
patience, even though it was a
quality that didn’t come easily.
In one case, he got up at 4:30
a.m. for eight consecutive days
to get the right photograph of
the sun hitting a mountainous
“It’s been a real struggle,”
Ross said. “I tend to be a person
who- makes things happen.
That’s the entrepreneur in me.”
Ross has made a business
photographing wildlife, having
his photographs published in
I tend to be a
person who makes
Conservationist” and “Alive.”
He warns aspiring photogra
phers that the wildlife photogra
phy business is extremely com
“You really have to diversify
your skills,” he said.
Ross’ campus tours may
prove he’s good at such versatil
He uses quotes from poets,
politicians and authors, and
environmental conservation is a
central theme in his lectures.
“I try not to beat people over
the head with that, though,” he
said. " ,
Another interest of Ross is
writing, which he discovered fit
with his photography. Ross said
he drew on his earlier experi
ences as a country songwriter to
write the pieces accompanying
“Country music is very
straightforward and to the point,
and that’s how I write,” he said.
Kelly McNally, UPC event
director, said bringing Ross to
UNL would add diversity to
“While some of our events .
have been entertainment-orient
ed, a program like this is more
educational and very informal,”
The event is free and open to
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