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Kanopy's 'End Times' explores chaos and redemption through modern dance

"End Times," the newest Kanopy Dance Company production, is not all doom and gloom, despite what its name suggests. I caught the Friday-night performance at Overture Center's Promenade Hall, but the program continues through Sunday, Nov. 4. >More
 Dance Wisconsin's New Works battles cancer with inspiration

The word "cancer" doesn't make most people want to dance. Not so for breast-cancer survivor Jo Jean Retrum, director of Dance Wisconsin. For her, cancer represents a change of perspective -- something worth celebrating. "It changed my life," she says. "Things that would upset you before don't upset you anymore." >More
 UW Dance explores the universe through movement during PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science

The UW Dance Department presented PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science Friday night as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, a four-day celebration of science that spans 150 events. This free dance concert at Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space featured works from visiting guest artists, faculty and students. >More
 A witch has a kid over for dinner in Kanopy's Baba Yaga

Modern dance meets puppetry in Baba Yaga at Overture Center, Feb. 17-19. It's presented by Madison's Kanopy Dance Company, which is recently enjoying national success. That's thanks in part to new representation by Jody Kaplan & Associates, a New York-based agency that specializes in putting together tours for up-and-coming dance companies. >More
 New talent shines in UW Dance Department's Latitudes

Some of my favorite UW dance majors have graduated or are poised to do so soon. Latitudes, the dance department's faculty concert, proves that the department is attracting talented new students and developing the talents of ones I've seen before. >More
 Madison Ballet's The Nutcracker charms and inspires

Last year, The New York Times dance critic Alastair Macauley traveled the country to take in many versions of The Nutcracker, a sure prescription for Nutcracker burnout. But I would like to think if he'd seen a 30th anniversary performance by the Madison Ballet at the Overture Center, he would have been as charmed as I was. >More
 Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker Fantasy reworks a traditional favorite

This past weekend, Nutcracker Fantasy by Dance Wisconsin ran at the Wisconsin Union Theater in a 35th-anniversary presentation. It is a sometimes trippy reworking of the holiday classic. Artistic director Jo Jean Retrum has done some serious tinkering, and at times these new ideas work. But at other times I missed a more traditional approach. >More
 Joy and exuberance abound in Li Chiao-Ping Dance's The Knotcracker

Each holiday arts season brings the usual host of visitors, like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Amahl, Tiny Tim and Frosty. But Little Miss Steps, the lead character in The Knotcracker by Li Chiao-Ping Dance, ushers us into a realm both unusual and unexpected. >More
 Madison Ballet adjusts to straitened times

Madison Ballet's The Nutcracker soon hits the stage, but the colorful holiday spectacle takes second place to an even more impressive performance behind the scenes: The company has cut its debt by more than half in a single year. >More
 Kate Corby: Mover and shaker

Looking disheveled in a tattered dress, a dancer is surrounded by a ring of red fabric. She explores her confines, swirling and collapsing. Broken, then completely still until fingers twitch, she arches her back and tilts her pelvis. Suddenly she slides forward on her belly, pushing the fabric out and creating messy heaps of clothing. We see this action over and over, but each time it is startling. Finally, the circle of red is destroyed. >More
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