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Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company creates magic

If dancers are "athletes of God" as Martha Graham said, then the dancers in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company are the champions. The New York City-based contemporary dance company, founded by Jones and his late partner Zane in 1982, performed Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music at the Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall. >More
 Three of Madison's finest troupes leap to the stage

As I made my way to three performances by Madison's best dance groups over the weekend of Feb. 6-8, I imagined the city's talented dancers and choreographers leaping over snow banks and gracefully avoiding ice patches to make it to their respective theaters. >More
 Solo performers dazzle as Madison Ballet stages its tenth Nutcracker at Overture Center

Madison Ballet is marking a decade of residence at Overture Center with its 2014 production of The Nutcracker, and Saturday evening's performance revealed some changes in both choreography and costumes. >More
 UW Dance Department's 2014 Kloepper Concert showcases a variety of student voices

On Saturday night, the UW-Madison Dance Department presented the 2014 edition of its annual Kloepper Concert, a showcase of new student works by 10 choreographers (solo or in groups) and the Freshman Workshop. >More
 Kanopy Dance explores the human condition through physicality in Mime Body Spirit

Kanopy Dance Company opened its 2014-2015 season Friday evening with Mime Body Spirit at Overture Center's Promenade Hall. "Making visible the invisible" is in pale script beneath the title, and that goal is achieved. >More
 Li Chiao-Ping's Rise Over Run fills the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery with intriguing movements and questions

Surprises abounded at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on Friday as Li Chiao-Ping and her dance company presented a program of modern dance set in more than a dozen sites throughout the building. A complex undertaking in a complex that's a mixture of public and private spaces, Rise Over Run: Off the Wall Dances, invites audiences to view dance by moving through WID, guided by ushers. >More
 Li Chiao-Ping's Rise Over Run takes viewers to 13 intriguing sites at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Inside the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery's Town Center, dancers from Li Chiao-Ping's company lie on the ground, pressing their feet against a wall below a large video monitor. It's easy to forget about walls in a building containing a water clock that bubbles every 15 minutes, a garden filled with plants dating back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and tons of other fascinating features. >More
 Guts, grace and gratitude with JoJean Retrum and Dance Wisconsin

It's a very important day at Dance Wisconsin. A Regional Dance America representative is visiting to decide which of the company's routines will be performed in Chicago next month. She impatiently shushes the dancers, who talk, laugh and move about excitedly. The issue isn't that the dancers lack seriousness; it's that they're all between the ages of 12 and 18. But when the show begins, they bust out some very serious skills. >More
 Madison Ballet's Repertory II is a rare chance to see George Balanchine's works performed locally

Madison Ballet closes its 2013-14 season with Repertory II, a program at the Bartell Theatre. It has three works, two from artistic director W. Earle Smith and one from iconic choreographer George Balanchine, and features former New York City Ballet principal dancer Charles Askegard. The last two performances are on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. >More
 UW Dance's Unearth digs into questions of the mind, body and spirit

I am taking a meditation course, and one of my assignments has been to approach things with a "beginner's mind." As a result, I tried something new at Unearth, the latest faculty concert by the UW Dance Department. I didn't peruse the program before the production. I wanted to have fewer preconceived notions about which choreographer's work I was seeing and which dancers would appear in each piece. >More
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