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Utopia: A Music and Dance Ambient Experience

Inspired by the commissioned sculpture “Utopia” by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, GVSU faculty members Hannah Seidel (dance) and Bill Ryan (music) have created a new performance work that is a direct outgrowth of the sculpture. The human face is the subject of “Utopia”, which encompasses the Garden Pavilion in the Welcome Center. A different face fills each wall of the expansive room. The faces of the diverse figures, wearing a calm, meditative expression, are universal symbols of the beauty inherent in humanity.


Bill Ryan, composer
Hannah Seidel, choreographer

This performance is a slowly shifting landscape of sound and movement. It is an 82-minute ambient journey that invites you to slow down and observe and reflect–on the music, the dance, the space around you, and on yourself.

Feel free to come and go as you please. Sit, stand, or continually move to explore different perspectives in this beautiful environment.

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
Bill Ryan, Director

Conrad Cassar, clarinet
Jeremy Cleary, alto saxophone
Natalie Feldpausch, oboe
Christian Glascock, flute
Olivia Kieffer, percussion
Lydia Seaver, keyboard
Levi Smith, cello

Grand Valley State University Dance Company
Hannah Seidel, Choreographer

Jenna Altman
Hannah Angell
Emma Armijo
Kaylynn Betts
Emma Buschle
Alaina Hogan
Alayna Hope
Julian McKenzie
Elizabeth Schanz
Chloe Schram
Lain Stanton
Sarah Wolter

Brooke Pangborn
Emily Shay
Janelle Weiberg
Eliana Weinert

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Feb 25 2024


11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm


Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE


Path closure

Due to a landscape project in the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, the tram path behind the Japanese garden will be closed to foot traffic this week.

Please follow posted signs. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 


Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE