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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
 Ricardo Flores' 'Que Color Tiene El Amor' is gorgeous highlight of Kanopy Dance concert

Friday night in Overture Center's Promenade Hall, the Kanopy Dance Company program 360 provided real inspiration: a revelatory piece and two compelling performances from former Martha Graham Company dancers. >More
 Kate Corby & Dancers explore power, brutality in Manifold on Lathrop Hall stage

I sometimes leave dance performances thinking: There's nothing new under the sun. But Thursday night, I left Manifold having seen some innovations. This evening of dance from Kate Corby & Dancers features works by Corby and others. >More
 UW Dance department's summer concert is a global effort

The UW Dance department's fourth annual Summer Dance Institute is truly an international affair, with instructors and choreographers from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany and Australia, and dance students from Australia, Taiwan and the U.S. This three-week institute culminated Friday night in a free performance at Lathrop Hall's cool and comfortable Margaret H'Doubler performance space.

 Guest director Amit Lahav brings out the best in Kanopy Dance performers

I figured that with the title Dark Nights: Tanztheater, the current Kanopy Dance Company production at Overture Center's Promenade Hall would be dark in tone. And it is. But the evening is not without levity, and the new work by British guest director Amit Lahav is smart and interesting. >More
 Madison Ballet chief Valerie Dixon resigns

Valerie Dixon, executive director of the Madison Ballet, will be departing after less than two years on the job. Her last day is July 31. >More
 The shoe fits in Madison Ballet's satisfying Cinderella

W. Earle Smith's Cinderella is an ambitious undertaking for the Madison Ballet, and the appreciative audience at Saturday's Overture Hall matinee included many young girls who, in sparkly, twirly dresses, took in the lavish production. >More
 Li Chiao-Ping Dance concert features four new works, and gym socks

I came away from Li Chiao-Ping Dance's opening of eVOLUTION, Friday night at Overture Center's Promenade Hall, liking Li's sensibility as a dance maker and appreciating her qualities as a dancer. But my favorite piece of the night wasn't her choreography, and she didn't perform in it. That was the smart and funny "Press," from choreographer Lionel Popkin, which opened the program. >More
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