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State Journal spotlights 'FLIGHT' from UW-Madison’s Choy

October 30, 2019

The Wisconsin State Journal put the spotlight on UW-Madison’s Peggy Choy and her upcoming performance, “FLIGHT: Torn like a rose.”

Choy, a faculty member with the School of Education’s Dance Department, has built the performance’s dance work around her interpretation of the 12th century epic poem, “The Conference of the Birds,” by the Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar. 

The poem, well-known in Iran, is designed to inspire people to question their self-interest and worldly gain.

FLIGHT“It’s exciting,” Madison dancer Lancouir Yancey, who worked with Choy on this project, tells the State Journal in its report. “This is probably one of the most intricately woven together pieces that Peggy’s written.”

Yancey tells the State Journal that she has worked with Choy for seven years, and has backgrounds in break dance, gymnastics, capoeira, and other martial arts. Choy, the article explains, is well known for her Afro-Asian approach to dance, often described as having an avant garde way of approaching movement, performance, and theater. 

In “FLIGHT,” dancers — including Choy and Yancey — become birds of various species who take great risks to live together and find the “sublime Rose of Love.”

The Peggy Choy Dance Company put on “FLIGHT,” which was originally performed in New York in 2017, at a Brooklyn, New York theater three times last week and will be staging it three times this week at UW-Madison’s Lathrop Hall.

“I thought it was just a great opportunity,” Choy tells the State Journal. “we’ve worked so hard on this, so I thought it would be very good to share with the university community and public at large.”

Performances will take place on Thursday Oct. 31 at 8 p.m., Friday Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., and Saturday Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $22, and $16 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online here, by phone at 608-265-ARTS, and in person at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. 

Check out the Wisconsin State Journal report via this web page.

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