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Classical Music/Dance
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
“A dancer doesn’t have to emotionalize – he needs to motionalize,” the late great 20th century American choreographer Alwin Nikolais used to say. “He doesn’t even have to be a person – he can be a thing, a place or a time.” Nikolai’s hallucinogenic 1964 work Water Studies will be presented by the UWM Peck School of the...
Classical Music/Dance
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
If you missed the splendid performance of Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others by the Milwaukee Ballet last winter, or want to enjoy again its glittering, humorous vignettes of circus performers and crowds representing a surprising assortment of passions and follies, you have an excellent chance on...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

Intriguing performance to explore the Milwaukee County Historical Society building

“I’ve worked in construction all over downtown Milwaukee and I’ve seen this building all my life, but I’ve never set foot inside. It’s beautiful!” exclaims a middle-aged workman, the only person other than me to visit the Milwaukee County Historical Society building during that noon hour. I was enjoying a personal tour of its newly restored interior, guided by the founding director of Wild Space Dance...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

Dance Preview

Heidi Latsky was a celebrated principal dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1987-1993. She went on to become a renowned choreographer and teacher in collaboration with Lawrence Goldhuber, and in 2001 she founded her modern dance company in New York, Heidi Latsky Dance. Her work has won widespread acclaim...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks and UPROOTED Theatre to promote diversity

The great roles in Western drama, onstage and off, have largely belonged to Caucasian males. As women and all people of color achieve greater representation in U.S. theaters, new and appealing possibilities for the future of the art form are appearing. If Milwaukee has barely joined in that adventure, it’s not entirely for lack of trying. Now Renaissance Theaterworks has made a public commitment to...
Classical Review
Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Present Music with Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Leng Tan, the world’s first toy piano virtuoso, was the star of Present Music’s concert “Toys!” She was perfectly accompanied by the Present Music string ensemble...
Off the Cuff
Monday, Dec. 20, 2010
A self-described “re-imagined alcoholic” of five years and no stranger to despair, 49-year-old Mark Tuschel is examining sobriety and articulating his insights. The thesis of his successful book Living Sober Sucks is that...
Cover Story
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

A conversation with Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink

I look forward to my second viewing of Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker with the Milwaukee Ballet. Here are some reasons: 1) To see what I missed. So much goes on in Pink’s ballets that you can’t catch it all in one viewing. I ask Pink if he is revising anything. “No,” he answers. “Every year people tell me they’re convinced I’ve changed a lot, when I haven’t changed anything. They see it with different eyes...
Off the Cuff
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
Tom Thoreson spent 20 years as an artist in residence at Milwaukee’s Lincoln Center of the Arts, choreographing and dancing with great style in Bauer, Wild Space and the company he came to lead, Foothold Dance Performance. Now he is a personal trainer and adaptive dance teacher with the...