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TICKETS are $10 and available ONLY IN ADVANCE on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 fand Thursday, December 1 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the lobby of Lathrop Hall.

Dance Department Presents 5th Annual Kloepper Concert

The UW-Madison Dance Department proudly presents its 5th annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, in the historic Louise Kloepper Studio, room 549 Lathrop Hall. 

Fifteen student choreographers, including John Paul Alejandro, Charlotte Baptie, Caroline Criste, Kanyon Elton, Elisa Hildner, Molly Hodgson, Niki Hofslien, Lauren John, Dianne Kotsonis, Lyndsay Lewis, Palmer Mathews, Nicolette Meunier, Brigid Transon, Jessica Robling and Alyssa Switzer will present a mix of solo and ensemble works Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 pm, followed by a matinee performance on Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm.

The works explore the topics of growth, individuality, becoming unstuck, while others address beauty in hidden and exposed aspects of life.

Two of the dance works to be presented in this concert--Lyndsay Lewis’ quartet “this digging reminds you” and Palmer Mathews solo "Rabbit Hole"--were selected by the faculty to represent the Dance Department and UW-Madison at the North Central region of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference. ACDA is an annual three-day conference, which supports and recognizes dance in higher education and provides students a unique opportunity for their works to be adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals. This year, Lewis and Mathews will present their work in Duluth, Minnesota where the conference will be held March 8-11, 2017.

The concert will also feature an ensemble piece from the First Year Workshop, a collaborative piece from 9 first-year dance degree students directed by Associate Professor Kate Corby. The work is developed over the fall semester culminating in performance in this concert. This year's piece is an inquiry about cohesion, shared energy, and fixation versus curiosity.

About the Kloepper Concert
This studio concert is named for Louise Kloepper, former chair of the Dance Department. Kloepper came to the UW in 1942 to study dance, after almost a decade teaching and dancing with the Hanya Holm School and Company. In 1942, she was the first dance professional admitted as a dance student at the UW-Madison campus. The same year she graduated, in 1946, she became an assistant professor at UW-Madison. Kloepper was a distinguished teacher of dance technique and composition, serving as artistic director and producer for many faculty-student presentations. She chaired the program for several years and was a professor of dance until she retired in 1975.

Professor Emerita Anna Nassif said Kloepper was “a humanist who followed the ideas of John Dewey and Margaret H'Doubler” someone who “put her faith in each student's ability and talent to grow into a teacher, artist, therapist by his or her own effort and motivation.” This studio concert of student works is aptly named, as it represents an opportunity for creative growth for students in a space—Studio 549, Lathrop Hall—dedicated to Kloepper.

Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased in advance of the show. Ticket sales will take place in the lobby of Lathrop Hall, Tuesday November 29 and Thursday, December 1 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cash only. Seating is very limited.

There will be a reception immediately following Saturday's performance in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall.

Contact: Kelly Kwiatkowski, kkwiatkowski@wisc.edu, 608-262-2353


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