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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
 UW professors begin dance season with challenging works

If the dance-tainment that prevails this season seems too safe, take a ride on the edgy side with "Causeway," the first concert in the UW Dance Program's fall lineup. The show unveils two new Madison-based professional companies, both directed by UW dance profs hired last year -- Chris Walker and Kate Corby. >More
 Li Chiao-Ping delivers seven stunning solos in 'Women Dancing'

Li Chiao-Ping's "Women Dancing," at the Wisconsin Union Theater last Saturday night, consisted of seven solos made for the Madison-based artist by a who's who of postmodern choreographers. These are edgy works and Li's dancing looks peak. >More
 Cycropia Aerial Dance celebrates 20 years in the air

A Life of Flight, Cycropia's 20th anniversary performance, echoes with that resounding affirmation. The celebratory showcase features choreographed and improvised works employing trapeze, bungees and other apparatuses that allow the company to take dance from the horizontal into the vertical realm. >More
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