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Chicago-based contemporary dance company Kate Corby & Dancers (KC&D) and the UW-Madison Dance Department present “Compass” October 20-22, 2016 in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue.
"Compass" will include the premiere of Corby's duet “Harbor” performed by married couple Ben Law and Chih-Hsien Lin and will feature “Trade Winds,” a dance work created by Chicago's Hedwig Dances originally in collaboration with DanzAbierta, Cuba’s preeminent contemporary dance company, and reimagined for touring. The concert will open Thursday, October 20, at 8:00 p.m. followed by performances on Friday, October 21, at 8:00 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

 “Compelling” and “full of gestured conflict and impish daring”
-Chicago Tribune

Corby’s “Harbor” is an exchange of ideas, a reorganization of shared space, a seeking of balance between power and submission, intimacy and conflict, waiting and action. 
Interdisciplinary scholar and choreographer, Betsy Brandt worked as dramaturg on the project, a new type of collaboration for Corby.  The work began as an investigation of east and west, conceptually, in relation to identity, and in bodily and creative practices, and transformed into a conflation of a private, domestic space and a broader conversation about cultural exchange.
Brandt, who teaches at Webster University and Lindenwood University, along with dance artists from both Hedwig and KC&D, will teach a series of master classes at UW-Madison in October prior to the concert.
Both the performance and residency elements of "Compass" are inspired by questions of place, time sense and self, using the cardinal directions as a springboard for choreography and movement practice. 

“Visually theater...a stellar evening of dance"
-Angela Allyn, Chicago Stage Standard

“Trade Winds,” choreographed by Hedwig Dances' Artistic Director and performed performed by its ensemble of six dancers, is a reflection on cyclical time and sense experience of living in the North. An original music score by composer Eme Alfonso; sound design by Erica Ricketts; and video projections of landscapes reflecting seasonal changes, created by cinematographer Daniel Kullman of Bitter Jester Creative and filmmaker Nadia Oussenko contextualize the dance. 

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available through Campus Arts Ticketing online at; in person at the Campus Arts Ticketing box office, first floor Memorial Union ; or by phone at (608) 265-2787. Remaining tickets will be available at the door in Lathrop Hall one hour prior to the performance. All tickets are reserved seating.

Join the choreographers and the cast for a reception Friday, October 21, immediately following the performance in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Kate Corby & Dancers (KC&D), co-founded by artistic director and associate professor Kate Corby (with dance artists Erin Kilmurray, Emily Miller and Anna Normann), is a collaborative, contemporary, Chicago-based dance company whose work has been seen in the Midwest, New York, California, Seattle, Atlanta and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary since 2009. Corby has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2008 and has shown her work extensively in the Midwest and in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow. She also co-directs an after school outreach program, Performing Ourselves, a dance outreach program based in Madison that employs undergraduate students to teach dance and wellness curriculum to underserved girls in local community centers. For more information about KC&D go to
Hedwig Dances is a contemporary, Chicago-based dance theater ensemble celebrating its 30th year under the artistic direction of its founder, Jan Bartoszek. The ensemble’s bold, interdisciplinary collaborations combine poetic choreography with sculptural artifacts, projected images, and haunting original music. Hedwig Dances features the choreography of Jan Bartoszek, as well as guest artists Susan Marshall, Andrea Miller, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Beverly Blossom, Marianela Boan, Jan Erkert, Renée Wadleigh, Charlie Vernon, Maray Gutierrez, Victor Alexander and Michel Rodriguez. Bartoszek started traveling to Cuba in early 2012, hoping to create a joint work with a Cuban contemporary company devoted to dance theater. Her pursuit resulted in the development of "Trade Winds/Aires de Cambio," choreographed and performed with Havana-based DanzAbierta. For more information about Hedwig Dances go to
Compass is supported by the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women's Physical Education. Hedwig's Trade Winds is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall (Chicago, Illinois) in partnership with Kate Corby & Dancers (Madison, Wisconsin), DanzAbierta (Havana, Cuba), COCA (St. Louis, Missouri), and the NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for Corby's work provided by a Vilas Associates Award and generous individual donors.


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