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DANCE

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
 Madison Ballet turns in pleasing Nutcracker

Madison Ballet's Nutcracker faced big obstacles this year. Still, despite setbacks, the company turned in a solid holiday performance. >More
 Solid performances in Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker Fantasy

Despite the threat of freezing rain, Dance Wisconsin's performance of Nutcracker Fantasy last Saturday at Wisconsin Union Theater was very well attended. This version of Nut, an annual production, was reassembled from the original by Dance Wisconsin artistic director JoJean Retrum. >More
 Step Afrika! explores a percussive movement tradition

Although Overture Center does its best to play safe, every now and then the performance palace's programmers go out on a limb and bring in an edgy, must-see show. Step Afrika! is one of those. Steeped in African American history, mashed up with South African roots and slicked with contemporary production values, this rhythm company serves up a supersize shot of soul. >More
 UW Dance Program's fall faculty concert Splash proves revelatory

I came away thoroughly impressed and inspired by the UW Dance Program's interdisciplinary fall faculty concert Splash, presented Saturday night in Wisconsin Union Theater. The student dancers were well trained and focused, whether performing UW instructors' works or the acclaimed choreography of the guest artist, New York-based Susan Marshall. >More
 Handful of standout pieces in Kanopy Dance Company's fall concert Autumn Heart

Autumn Heart, the late fall concert by Kanopy Dance Company at Overture's Promenade Hall last weekend, was predictably inconsistent. Three standouts rescued the eight-piece program from the dustbin of unmemorable Madison dance performances. >More
 Carlota Santana brings flamenco to the concert stage

Flamenco's a cultural expression born of poverty, sex and violence in the medieval merchant ports of southern Spain. Culturally it's Spanish, Jewish, Moorish, Romani. As an art form it has churned for centuries on the rocks of politics and fashion. Flamenco's run the gamut of venues from street corners to taverns and proscenium arch theaters. >More
 Two premieres in Li Chiao Ping's eastern-themed Pagoda

I saw Li Chiao Ping's Pagoda, a repertory evening with two premieres, at the Wisconsin Union Theater Saturday night. Li conceived the program as a structure to house eight of her eastern-themed works -- six repertory repeats and two premieres. >More
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