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Madison Ballet adjusts to straitened times

Madison Ballet's The Nutcracker soon hits the stage, but the colorful holiday spectacle takes second place to an even more impressive performance behind the scenes: The company has cut its debt by more than half in a single year. >More
 Kate Corby: Mover and shaker

Looking disheveled in a tattered dress, a dancer is surrounded by a ring of red fabric. She explores her confines, swirling and collapsing. Broken, then completely still until fingers twitch, she arches her back and tilts her pelvis. Suddenly she slides forward on her belly, pushing the fabric out and creating messy heaps of clothing. We see this action over and over, but each time it is startling. Finally, the circle of red is destroyed. >More
 Jin-Wen Yu Dance observes Taiwanese Arts Week with Tiers

Before the Sunday debut of Tiers by Jin-Wen Yu Dance, the events of 9/11 were somberly remembered with a moment of silence. Dance professor Yu is presenting the program as part of the University of Wisconsin's Taiwanese Arts Week. Celebrating the arts, and world culture, seems a fitting tribute to the diverse and resilient nature of our country and its people. >More
 Li Chiao-Ping Dance presents layered pieces in Take 2 -- perhaps too layered

The new Li Chiao-Ping Dance program Take 2: Multimedia Dance Performances and Screen Dance opens strongly with Li's tribute to her mother, "RE: Joyce." This is Li at her best, deftly blending dance, theater and moving images. >More
 UW Dance concert makes evocative movement of They Marched Into Sunlight

It's sad that the performance presented Saturday by the UW-Madison dance department and Jin-Wen Yu Dance was a one-night-only event. "March Into Sunlight" deserves to be experienced by more people. >More
 Madison Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a pleasant spring diversion

Madison Ballet's frothy and fun production of A Midsummer Night's Dream opened Saturday afternoon, a perfect complement to the balmy day. This production is choreographed by Peter Anastos and features supertitles that keep the audience apprised of Shakespeare's complex goings-on in the forest. >More
 NuMoRune Collaborative's thought-provoking Generation Dancing doesn't stint on entertainment

For giving us Generation Dancing by the NuMoRune Collaborative at the end of a crappy week of excessive snow and arctic chill, I heartily thank Chris Walker, assistant professor in the UW Dance Department. I was genuinely moved by the performance, and I applaud Walker for assembling a collection of works that fit so well together and speak to his experience as an artist and Jamaican immigrant. >More
 Madison Ballet stages lavish, colorful Nutcracker

During these tough economic times, ballet companies rely even more on The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's crowd-pleasing holiday favorite, to pay the bills for the rest of their seasons. There are as many versions of this classic ballet as there are different takes on its ubiquitous score, and each local production bears its own stamp. >More
 After trying times, Madison Ballet looks to the future

It's no secret that the last few years having been trying for local arts groups. In 2009, Madison Repertory Theatre folded in the midst of its 40th-anniversary season. Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians went on strike in 2008-09. And Madison Ballet, the state's second biggest dance organization after Milwaukee Ballet, canceled a number of 2009 shows and switched to recorded accompaniment for signature productions such as its annual holiday Nutcracker. >More
 UW Dance celebrates its upgrade to a department with the accomplished 'Upswing'

The dance program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has recently been designated an official department. This upgrade was celebrated on Nov. 19 with "Upswing," the fall faculty concert at the Wisconsin Union Theater (with post performance soiree). The festivities continue through Nov. 21 with "Dancing All Weekend Long," a busy schedule of free showcases and classes from student dance organizations. >More
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