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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Carnival-like event ‘Souvenirs’ takes place at MIAD

For the sixth Performance Art Showcase, 28 artists will fill the fourth-floor gallery of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with imaginative new works. As always, the presentation by co-producers Pegi Christiansen and John Loscuito is adventurous. One end of the gallery will contain a tent with semicircular seating and a stage on which five different acts will appear in continuous rotation. The rest of the space...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010
Donte McFadden is a scholar of works by black filmmakers from the United States, continental Africa, Britain and the Caribbean. He is finishing a Ph.D. in the modern studies program of UW-Milwaukee’s English Department. Let’s start with your work screening films for local festivals. I help them make conscious choices about which of the available films...
Fall Fine Arts Guide
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
In the fields of dance and hybrid performance, almost every work presented in our town is brand new. Debra Loewen is among the most original of the originators. She has been making dances here for so long that the life energy of our city is somehow always her subject and everything her Wild Space...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

Milwaukee Gay Arts Center explores the meaning

The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center (MGAC) at 703 S. Second St. is an ideal space for smaller exhibitions and performances. High-ceilinged, airy, bright and easily intimate, the room features a wall of tall windows and a raised area that makes a fine stage. Café tables and couches can be repositioned and chairs added or removed, as needed. Hardwood floors and Cream City...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

Local company captures attention at international festival

Santiago de Cali is Colombia’s third-largest city and the dance capital of that South American country. It is the home of the National Ballet of Colombia and its professional dance academy. In June, Cali hosted the fourth International Ballet Festival, a weeklong event featuring performances by 17 companies from 12 countries. The Milwaukee Ballet was one of three companies chosen to represent...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

‘Knock on Wood’ at Danceworks Studio Theatre

Perhaps because it bears no relation to the court dances of any aristocracy, tap dancing has never been considered a high art form. It’s said that when percussion instruments were forbidden to African slaves in America, they remembered the foot dancing of the Irish crewmen on the ships that had brought them...
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
All artists need the opportunity to fail. Risk-taking is indispensable. What serious opportunities for trial and error exist for artists in Milwaukee after they leave the relative safety of a college program? This is not an idle question. Danceworks recognizes that it is a community’s job to provide laboratories for artists and they have accepted their share of the responsibility. Liz Hildebrandt, a graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s dance...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Astor Street Dance Studio (1228 N. Astor St.) is a beautiful Victorian parlor with an old fireplace, a polished hardwood floor and a wall of mirrors. Dance instructor Shaia Fahrid opened the studio in March for students who wish to explore the dances of other...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Local performers join the digital revolution at Danceworks

“ScreenDance” offers an opportunity to relax outdoors on a summer night on lawn chairs or blankets while enjoying nine short, handpicked contemporary dance films on a large screen beside the Milwaukee River. Curated by Luc Vanier of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts dance department in collaboration with Danceworks’o...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Present Music performs at the Wherehouse

Milwaukee’s invaluable contemporary music ensemble Present Music loves to perform in places where the venue inspires the programming. The Wherehouse (818 S. Water St.) on Water Street at the east end of National Avenue is a cool nightclub with a beautiful view of the harbor, good acoustics and space...