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Successes and some snags in Autumn Heart by Kanopy Dance Company

Kanopy Dance Company's Autumn Heart, which played last weekend at Overture's Promenade Hall, was a setback for the company after its plucky goth opera, After the Fall, just last month. Some works on the Autumn Heart bill were just about right, but others fell flat. >More
 Chicago's Luna Negra makes its Madison debut

You'd never know it around here, but there's more to dance in the Second City than Hubbard Street, which performs annually at Overture Hall. Luna Negra, a fast-rising Chicago company, focuses on works by Latina/o choreographers that push past the boundaries of 20th-century art into the brave new multicultural 21st. Despite proximity, this important young Windy City troupe, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, performs in Madison for the first time next Thursday at Overture's Capitol Theater. >More
 Savion Glover stretches the boundaries of tap

Savion Glover brings his neo-bebop happy feet to the Wisconsin Union Theater Saturday night. In his current touring repertory show, Bare Soundz, he plys his renowned rhythm taps on a rangy set of African diaspora beats. >More
 Joy, courtesy of Song & Dance Ensemble of West Africa

Next Thursday Overture's Capitol Theater hosts the Djoliba Ensemble of Bamako, Mali, billed on its first U.S. tour as the Song & Dance Ensemble of West Africa. Founded in post-independence Mali to preserve the country's musical heritage, this government-supported company of cultural ambassadors serves up a contemporary repertory rooted in the griot traditions of the medieval Malinke merchant empire that crossed the Sahel from Ivory Coast to landlocked Niger. >More
 Puppet Master and Mohawk Man

Last weekend in Overture's Promenade Hall, Kanopy Dance Company revived its Metallica piece, a highly stylized goth romance dance opera in two half-hour acts, currently titled After the Fall. Set to an eerily soft-edged rendering of Metallica tunes by Apocalyptica, a trio of classically trained Finns, this quirky work oozes nonlinear narrative à la Martha Graham, plus a Tim Burton sense of evil characterization. Frequent Kanopy collaborator David Quinn's brilliant costuming makes the fantasy seem real. >More
 Seeing the music

On my birthday in 1973, Lar Lubovitch's young company performed at the Wisconsin Union Theater. It was the first second-generation modern dance troupe I'd ever seen, and I remember being very excited. Lubovitch returned later that decade, but it's been years since he's been back to town. >More
 A mostly successful concert by Li Chiao-Ping and company

Points of Departure: A Concert of Early Works and Premieres, a Li Chiao-Ping Dance presentation at the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space on campus last weekend, proves yet again that Li, a UW dance prof, is one of the country's most interesting second-wave postmodern choreographers. >More
 Madison Ballet's 'Pure Dance' is a stripped-down delight

Madison Ballet wrapped up the season in Overture's Promenade Hall last weekend with Pure Ballet, the organization's first repertory concert in its new professional configuration. For Madison audiences accustomed to nothing but Nutcracker, the stripped-down format's an education. There's no story, no props, no sets - just dance, with all its effort and sweat. >More
 The UW Dance Program: Good move

The Spring Concert last weekend in Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space continued the UW Dance Program's recent trend toward stronger offerings. For the most part, the mostly student dancers looked good. The seven premieres on the bill were substantial, the choreography wide-ranging. >More
 Battle at the Terrace: Breakin' the Law delivers 5inal sentence in Madison

Strong winds and a day of rain didn't keep a large, loud and diverse crowd from filling the Grand Ballroom of Monona Terrace for "Breakin' the Law," an international bboy and bgirl break dancing competition held in Madison on Friday night. This fifth annual edition of the free event -- dubbed "5inal Sentence" -- drew break dancers from here in the Midwest and around the world. By all accounts it was a resounding success. >More
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