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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
 Kanopy Dance Company's successful Planet Dance highlights global styles

When, after almost three hours, I emerged from Overture Center's Promenade Hall, I felt that Kanopy Dance Company could have done with fewer pieces in Planet Dance. But Friday night's opening performance successfully celebrated dance from around the world -- and made me want to sign up for classes in classical Spanish and Indian dance. >More
 Huge ensemble performs in Jazzworks Dance Company's Overture program

Jazzworks Dance Company packed a lot of dancing -- and a lot of dancers -- into a two-hour production at the Overture Center's Capitol Theater on Friday night. The first act boasted six pieces, three of them premieres, performed by company members. The second act was one long and bustling piece, "A World Without Walls," featuring the company members and children from The Madison Professional Dance Center. >More
 UW dance program's Jin-Wen Yu observes a milestone with new and past works in Meta-50

UW-Madison dance program chair Jin-Wen Yu celebrates his 50th birthday with his company's Meta-50, an evening of works presented in Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space. Thursday night's opening performance, which included four premieres from Yu, was crowded. >More
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