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Off the Cuff
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ed Makowski is a 29-year-old Milwaukee poet with a true voice. Under the pen name Eddie Kilowatt, which he no longer uses because “[He] almost had to develop multiple personalities...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
According to the website for Richard’s Place, the Waukesha nonprofit “facilitates independence, dignity and well-being through a complement of safe, affordable, appropriate AIDS housing, education and day-to-day support services to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.” Recently we spoke with Corrie Fulwiler, founder and executive director of Richard’s Place...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, May 17, 2010

Dance Review

Milwaukee Ballet’s new Peter Pan is visually and aurally ravishing. The bedrock of the work is Philip Feeney’s thrilling score, commissioned by the company for this world premiere and triumphantly performed by the Ballet Orchestra and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir under conductor Pasquale Laurino. In the music as in the dancing...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Creating a ‘Great Italian Songbook’

Opera singers train on a standard set of 26 arias composed for 26 separate Italian operas in all the styles that have arisen since the form was invented in the Renaissance. Milwaukee Opera Theatre, with a new vision and energy, will present an original work by...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Michael Pink debuts world premiere based on J.M. Barrie story

The Milwaukee Ballet’s new Peter Pan by Artistic Director Michael Pink could be the most spectacular show ever originated in Milwaukee. The list of reasons to see it is mighty compelling. One of Pink’s aims is to prove that a big theatrical statement with high production values, an original score and a live orchestra can be made at a reasonable cost. In this case, that’s less than a half-million dollars...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dance Review

“Monsters, Mayhem & Mac ’n Cheese” is a family-oriented program of dance-theater works by Dani Kuepper, artistic director of Danceworks Performance Company. Like the best animated movies, it’s intended to appeal to the child in us all. It will surely be memorable for the many children who enjoyed the Sunday afternoon performance...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dance Review

Speaking of Happiness, a rich, new, full-length dance by Wild Space Dance Company, provides further evidence (if any were needed) of the great strength of the collective process of performance-making. Holding to high standards, the team of choreographers (Debra Loewen, Dan Schuchart and Monica Rodero) asked questions of, and devised improvisations for, the willing dancers in a personal...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wild Space explores the elusive quality

When I think of happiness, I think of my European friends deeming the quest for it as “so American.” When a character in a Theatre X play cried “I just want to be happy” on tour overseas, it was a surefire laugh line, taken by the audience as satire or a burlesque of Chekhov. Back home, the line was met with uneasy sympathy. That was in the 1980s. Recently, it’s been suggested...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Danceworks presents five ‘seriously silly’ pieces

In art, it’s as great a challenge to capture the ridiculous as the sublime, and sometimes they are two sides of a coin. As the mother of four, choreographer Dani Kuepper has learned to value the absurd as a bond and silliness as a language. In her decade-plus with Danceworks...