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UW guest artist Joe Goode fuses dance, theater and speech to explore physical frailty

UW students are on winter break at the moment, but the dance department is busy preparing for the arrival of a new guest choreographer. On Jan. 17, it will welcome Joe Goode, an icon in the worlds of both theater and dance. >More
 Madison Ballet's The Nutcracker fills Overture Hall with magical characters, vibrant costumes, and gorgeous music and dancing

It might have been cold and gray outside, but the Madison Ballet production of The Nutcracker (through Dec. 24) made Overture Hall colorful and inviting on Saturday afternoon. The Madison Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John DeMain, sounded even better than last year. >More
 In Digging, Kate Corby & Dancers explore meditation through movement with UW Dance

UW dance professor Kate Corby presented Digging, an evening of contemporary works at Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space (through Nov. 23). Her Chicago-based company, Kate Corby & Dancers, appeared with students and faculty from the UW Dance Department. >More
 Kanopy Dance's Lisa Thurrell and Robert Cleary channel Martha Graham's genius

"Take risks! You should feel like you can fall on your nose!" These exclamations resonate in Kanopy Dance's State Street studio as director Lisa Thurrell leads a class on Graham technique for high school and middle school dancers. A highly influential "movement vocabulary" that modern dancer Martha Graham started developing in the 1920s, the technique engages both the brain and the body. >More
 UW Dance professor Jin-Wen Yu unveils intriguing video work and tributes to tango in Transit

UW Dance professor Jin-Wen Yu presents an evening of works titled Transit at Lathrop Hall's Maraget H'Doubler Performance Space through Oct. 5. There are six premieres in the program and four pieces that serve as a sort of a scrapbook of movement as Yu shares how traveling in South America has influenced him. >More
 Li Chiao-Ping Dance's Riot of Spring is a startling tribute to Stravinsky's shocking Rite of Spring

Li Chiao-Ping not only chairs the UW Madison Dance Department but has helmed her own company since 1990. The troupe's new production, Riot of Spring, opened last night at Overture Center's Promenade Hall, where it runs through May 5. >More
 UW Dance students present a visual feast in SPRUNG: Emerging Dance Artists

SPRUNG: Emerging Dance Artists, the latest series of student presentations by the UW Dance Department, reinforces that the university is a fertile ground for developing talent and artistry. The first concert was Thursday night at Lathrop Hall's H'Doubler Performance Space, and the show runs through April 27. >More
 Kanopy Dance's Antigone considers the horrors of war in ancient Greece

Kanopy Dance ushers in spring and closes its 2012-13 season with Antigone (through April 7 at Overture Center's Promenade Hall). This production, like the two before it, benefits from the addition of new talent, both choreographers and dancers. Plus, the work itself seems more focused than it has been in the past. >More
 Dance Wisconsin's Coppélia is a spirited revival of a French classic

If movement contains a dance performance's message, Dance Wisconsin's production of Coppélia (through March 24 at Madison College's Mitby Theater) communicates the joy of youth. This comedic French ballet inspires many shades of of delight as exuberant dance and clever pantomime converge. >More
 Madison Ballet's Dracula pushes the envelope with daring solos, steampunk costumes and live rock 'n' roll

The Friday night performance of Dracula by Madison Ballet was met with a boisterous standing ovation and multiple curtain calls. The obvious excitement about the ballet, a multimedia affair with a live seven-piece rock band, video projections, flashing lights and provocative costumes was merited, though this original work by artistic director W. Earle Smith sometimes seemed overwrought and overthought. The production continues through this Sunday at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
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