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Dance News

Wed
Nov
09
UW-Madison’s Joseph Koykkar’s composition, titled “Time in Transcendence,” will premiere Nov. 11 at an event from Clocks in Motion, a Madison percussion ensemble. Koykkar is professor with UW-Madison’s Dance Department. His “Time in Transendence” was written specifically for Clocks in Motion and features hand-made microtonal percussion instruments and many more drums and keyboard instruments. The concert will take place at the First Unitarian Society at 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium.
Tue
Nov
08
UW-Madison’s Peggy Choy was recently featured in a “Wisconsin Life” interview by Andy Soth about what inspires her work. Choy is an associate professor with the School of Education's Dance Department and directs the Peggy Choy Dance Company. In the Wisconsin Public Television interview, Choy says the inspiration for her dance works comes from “struggles for self-determination and social justice.” Choy’s family was part of the underground Korean independence movement against Japanese rule, and fled from Korea to Hawaii, where Choy grew up.
Fri
Nov
04
Marlene Skog's "Dionysian Sea," a contemporary ballet ensemble work for seven dancers, was selected by adjudication to be performed at the Charlotte Dance Festival, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Skog is a choreographer and an assistant professor with UW-Madison’s Dance Department. The core of Skog’s work addresses the enduring question of what it means to be human and is purposeful in its strong synthesis of movement, music and message.
Tue
Nov
01
UW-Madison’s Kate Corby's experimental film titled "Hungars Beach" was screened in three dance film festivals this past summer. The short film was screened at the Flatlands Dance Film Festival in Urbana, Ill., on Aug. 26, the Detroit Dance City Festival Dance Film Fest on Aug. 26, and the Triskelion Art’s Dance Film Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 14. Corby is currently working on a suite of four, short dance films inspired by the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west) shot on location throughout the continental United States.
Thu
Oct
27
For the first time, students with UW-Madison’s Dance Department performed original choreography alongside the UW Marching Band during halftime of the Wisconsin Badger football game against Ohio State on Oct. 15. The 90 seconds of choreography by Dance Department faculty member Chris Walker, set to a sequence from The Lion King's "The Circle of Life," celebrates 90 years of dance at UW-Madison.
Mon
Oct
24
The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago has nominated UW-Madison’s Chris Walker for a Black Excellence Award in the category of “DANCE - Best Choreographer” for his work “MANIFEST,” which was performed in Muntu Dance Theater's 2015 Fall Concert and Gala titled "One Root, Many Branches." Winners will be announced at the 16th Annual Black Excellence Awards Ceremony & Gala on Monday, Oct. 24, at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.
Mon
Oct
17
Peggy Choy's "The Greatest" is featured in a WHA-TV/PBS documentary that will air at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27. In 2013, The Peggy Choy Dance Company presented “THE GREATEST! Hip Dance Homage to Muhammad Ali” at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, where Ali once trained. "Ali’s vision of what is ‘the greatest’ in everyone is something I wanted to bring to the public," Choy told The Villager in a 2013 report. The documentary is titled, "The Greatest: A Dance Tribute to Muhammad Ali." Choy is an associate professor with UW-Madison's Dance Department.
Thu
Oct
13
During the halftime show of Saturday night's football showdown between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium, fans will see 90 seconds of dance choreographed by UW-Madison’s Chris Walker. The event will help celebrate the Dance Department's 90th year on campus. Walker is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department. Alongside the UW Marching Band, dance degree students will perform the choreography to a sequence from the Lion King's “The Circle of Life.”
Wed
Oct
05
Chicago-based contemporary dance company Kate Corby & Dancers (KC&D) and the UW-Madison Dance Department present “Compass” Oct. 20-22 in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall. The concert will open Thursday, Oct​. 20, at 8 p.m. followed by performances on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors.
Tue
Oct
04
The UW-Madison Dance Department will help celebrate “Taiwanese Culture in Madison 2016,” from Oct. 19 to Nov. 5. There will be a series of free, public events honoring traditional and contemporary Taiwan culture.
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