Fall for Dance: Bright Nights

By Lisa Thurrell

Directed by Lisa Thurrell

In September we collaborate with Riad Dance Company to bring you a concert celebrating the human spirit with a dynamic, cross-cultural blend of modern and ethnic Middle Eastern dance. Dance reveals the connections among cultures and people in a direct and evocative way. As Sadira, artistic director of Riad Dance, explains, ?The Middle East is a night culture. There?s a whole music genre called Layal that praises all aspects of the night. A lot of dance festivals take place outdoors at night. The markets are open late, colored lights are strung across the streets, entire families dressed in nice clothes are out shopping or visiting or sitting in the teahouses. There?s music everywhere. It?s hypnotic?sitting out on a patio by the Mediterranean or the Nile, while the sky is velvet, the moon is full, and the air smells like jasmine and spice.? We want to celebrate the beauty of our cultures and celebrate all that is good in them.

Produced by Kanopy Dance Company at Overture Center for the Arts,221 State Street, Madison, WI 53703

Performances: September 28-30, 2007

Performance Times: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm Sunday at 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: $24/adult $22/students 12 and under

Call 608 258-4141 for reservations or more information.

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Kanopy Dance is holding auditions for its 2007-2008 season on Saturday Aug 18 from 2-4pm at Kanopy studios, 341 State Street, Madison. Kanopy is seeking professional modern dancers, male and female. Rehearsals begin in September with Paid Performances. Performances include Kanopy's Overture Center Season and touring. Schedule consists of two daily Company classes (one Modern, one Ballet) and Rehearsal following. (Tue-Fri 8:00am-12:30pm) Please call 255-2211 for a reservation; bring your resume/photo and prepare a short solo to present. Audition will consist of a modern dance class, repertory and showing of solos. (www.kanopydance.org)