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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...
Theater
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Performance Preview

Isabelle Kralj has received five grants from the Slovenian government and the U.S. Embassy to create new works in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with dancers and composers from the European nation. In 2006, she created a performance using the music of Vlado Kreslin, Slovenia’s most beloved singer/songwriter. Now, with her co-director...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Dance Preview

Danceworks Performance Company will present a new concert—“Lights, DPC…Action!”—in its Studio Theatre, 1661 N. Water St., from Feb. 26 through March 7. Artistic Director Dani Kuepper asked the company to explore the collaborative process commonly used in the group’s early years. Taking film genres as inspiration, Danceworks’ resident...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Bill T. Jones at Alverno College

Bill T. Jones, one of the country’s foremost choreographers, is well known for making courageous, humane postmodern dance theater works tackling—with intelligence and grace—such complicated subjects as AIDS and the war in Iraq. (Jones: “To connect the idea of a body to a real body; that, to me, is what dance is.”) He also won a Tony for his choreography for the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, and created the...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

Dance Review

The artistry and range of the Milwaukee Ballet was vividly displayed in “Innovative Motion,” a showcase of works by three generations of choreographers. With little narrative to follow, I could focus on how well the dancers work together and how different they are. The cheers at the final curtain were for them at least as much as for the choreographers, who must have been deeply gratified...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Dance Preview

The accomplished dancers of the Milwaukee Ballet are the unifying thread to three radically different new works in a program called “Innovative Motion” at the Pabst Theater, Feb. 11-14. Salvatore Aiello was the artistic director and choreographer for the North Carolina Dance Theatre before his death in 1995. His work, especially Clowns and Others (1978), is steadily gaining recognition under the care of his ballet master, Jerri Kumery...