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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
 Madison Ballet's Dracula puts a steampunk spin on an 1890s horror story

A vampire's minions pound out a tribal rhythm with their feet. One man counts out the beats. Three women spin forward in a series of bourées, their pelvises undulating. You can almost feel the blood coursing through their veins. This isn't a deleted scene from Twilight or a sketch-comedy sendup of True Blood. It's Dracula, a rock 'n' roll ballet based on Bram Stoker's famous gothic-horror novel. >More
 In Pillars, the UW Dance Department restages a riveting piece by famed choreographer Bill T. Jones

Pillars by the UW Dance Department (through Feb. 24 at Lathrop Hall's H'Doubler Performance Space) features thought-provoking premieres by faculty as well as a rare chance to see one of the most iconic modern dance works from the late 1980s, D-Man in the Waters (Part I) by Bill T. Jones. The piece has been restaged for the students by guest artist Germaul Barnes, a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. >More
 Kanopy Dance's Yggdrasil battles winter's bleakness with dynamic modern movement

Kanopy Dance Company describes Yggdrasil: Tree of Life (through Feb. 10) as "a program of sunlight for shorter days," and indeed the dancers generated warmth and light at Overture Center's Promenade Hall last night. It was an excellent antidote to a gray and bleak Wisconsin winter. >More
 Madison Ballet bids adieu to a veteran ballerina in a magical production of The Nutcracker

Friends ask if I get bored seeing multiple Nutcrackers each season, but I really don't. There are always new details to notice at the Madison Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, which opened yesterday and runs through Dec. 24 at Overture Hall. Details like how the army of mice uses large buttons for shields and how we can see party guests waving from the street through the set's frosty windows. >More
 World-class guest stars make Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker Fantasy sparkle

Nutcracker Fantasy, which opened Friday night and runs through Dec. 9, can't escape construction. The Dance Wisconsin performance is usually presented at the UW Memorial Union's Wisconsin Union Theater, which is closed for renovations. Its temporary home, Madison College's Mitby Theater, is surrounded by construction as well. But that didn't get in the way of cheerful elves, orderly lines of toy soldiers, a choir of carolers and impressive guest stars. >More
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