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Kanopy Dance of Madison and WADOMA's uneven collaboration

Dance Here, Dance Now, the annual fusion show by Kanopy Dance Company, took on West African themes with local drum and dance company WADOMA last weekend at Overture's Promenade Hall. On the bill were two Kanopy-style modern works, a pair of WADOMA's pieces and two synthetic compositions. Dance Here, Dance Now, like many of Kanopy's efforts, was uneven in both dance quality and choreographic content. >More
 Dance Wisconsin performs La Fille Mal Gardee at the Wisconsin Union Theater

Madison Ballet canceled its last two shows of the 2008-09 season, but Jo Jean Retrum's Dance Wisconsin is hanging in there. Retrum's pre-professional troupe performs La Fille Mal Gardee at the Wisconsin Union Theater on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22. Times are tough for the arts, but Retrum is determined to go on with the show. >More
 Multiple perspectives in a little off kilter by Li Chiao-Ping Dance

The production a little off kilter, presented by Li Chiao-Ping Dance in Overture's Promenade Hall last weekend, was aimed, according to Li's program notes, at the mind-head-body mystery in all its "infuriatingly and wonderfully so nutty" glory. >More
 A reduced Hubbard Street company performs at Overture

Hubbard Street Dance makes its annual Overture Hall appearance on Feb. 28. Chicago's best-known company has major mainstream appeal. I've seen people near tears at a sellout. Despite the downturn, Hubbard Street's loyal local fans will probably fill the theater. >More
 Kanopy Dance Company packs new punch with Dark Nights

The Kanopy Dance Company program Dark Nights: Miserere, For the Refugees of the World, which I saw Friday night in Overture's Promenade Hall, was a solid arrangement of revamped repertory works by the company's co-artistic directors, Lisa Thurrell and Robert Cleary. >More
 Madison Ballet cancels Valentine's concert

Another day, another piece of rotten news about the toll the economy is taking on the arts. Madison Ballet has cancelled An Evening of Romance, the concert that was to have taken place February 14 in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 Passion for movement

Chris Walker dances with the orishas in the university's hallowed Lathrop Hall. The UW Dance Program assistant prof is a long way from his native Jamaica, but the walls of his cozy fourth-floor office sport big pictures of Ochun, Oyá, Obatalá, Changó and Yemayá. Even in the dead of winter the Afro-Caribbean saints seem content in their new surroundings. >More
 Performers tumble at Madison Ballet's Nutcracker

Nutcrackers are like snowflakes - no two are alike. Madison Ballet's '07 production, the professional company's debut, was smooth. But the show I saw last Friday night at Overture Hall hit both high notes and bumps. >More
 Madison Ballet's Nutcracker looks to E.T.A. Hoffmann's story

What, no Sugar Plum Fairy? That's just one of many changes Madison Ballet is making to its annual production of The Nutcracker at the Overture Center for the Arts. Also gone will be the Snow Queen and others. >More
 Pros bring panache to Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker

It's Nutcracker season. Big-name ballet stars are flying across the country like Santa in his sleigh, dropping in here and there to dance the sugarplum pas de deux with pre-professional studio companies and small young troupes needing extra punch. Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker Fantasy, which ran last weekend at the Wisconsin Union Theater, was no exception. >More
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