Kanopy Dance Company 2009-2010 Performance Season

Directed by Artistic Directors: Lisa Thurrell & Robert Cleary

“Autumn Heart” Nov 13-15, 2009
Highlighting “Autumn Heart” will be three guest choreographers as well as guest dancers from Footholds Dance Company. Georgia Corner, former principal dancer with the internationally acclaimed Erik Hawkins Dance Company will create a dance in counterpoint to the music. The music begins in harmony and moves to disharmony; the dance will start in disharmony and move toward harmony. Metaphors for our time, this is very much in keeping with approach and method to choreography of the late Erik Hawkins, and moves with the late modernist approach taken by both choreographers and musicians. The Minneapolis based Footholds company will perform THE BOTTOM FELL OUT…and then… “Starting with a smash, this trio vaults forward, as two protagonists chomp down to an antagonistic duel. Terse statements accelerate to driving frictions as a new awareness develops from within these personal animosities. This third force quietly manifests a direct change.” (Leiberthal) In addition, Footholds Artistic Director Jim Leiberthal will premiere a new work-- a "kinda slightly tortured pointe piece" for kanopy Dance Company’s Kerry Parker. Guest choreographer Madison’s Maureen Janson will create a physical and fierce work on Kanopy Dance Company. Guest artist Kiro Kopulos will perform in Yggdrasil choreographed by KDC's Co-Artistic Director Lisa Thurrell. This work, lush and romantic, is inspired by the legend of the Norse Tree of life as well as the colors, textures and themes of some of the early 20th century painters like Gustav Klimt.
Saint Catherine, a premiere by KDC's Kerry Parker, and a new work by KDC's Meg Johnson will complete the program.

“Dark Nights: Tanztheatre” Feb 19-21, 2010
Kanopy is pleased to announce that Gecko, an international touring physical theater company based in the United Kingdom will premier a new tanztheatre work created by Artistic Director Amit Lahav for Kanopy Dance Company. Gecko has toured to 15 countries with 3 award winning productions and currently has the foundation to become a leading international physical theatre company. IKARUS a premier by KDC's Co-Artistic Director Robert E Cleary will explode onto the program as well. Based on the myth of Ikarus--- and the consequences of going beyond limitations—guest artist Vivan Tomlinson will portray Daedelus looking back on his life and mistakes. Kanopy’s Juan Carlos Diaz Velez will dance the role of young Daedelus. Isaac Robertson, (Kanopy Company Two) will dance the role of his son Ikarus, and Edgar Molino will dance the Minotaur. New music has been created for IKARUS by Greek composer Vicky Tzoumerka Knoedler. Costumes designer is Amy Panganiban. KDC’s Co-Artistic Director Lisa Thurrell will stage Black Angels and her acclaimed Maw weaving an older work with the newer— the theme: a stylized medieval morality play in dance form.

“Celebration of Dance” Apr 16-18, 2010 will be the culmination of a 4-year project of working with a variety of ethnic dance companies. This concert will feature a blending of modern dance with the ethnic forms; Flamenco, Middle Eastern, classical Indian, and West African. Dance Companies involved in this concert will be: Tania Tandias Flamenco Dance, Sadira with Riad Dance, Wadoma Dance and Kalaanjali Dance Company. This is exciting and entertaining for the audience, dancers and musicians. Collaborating to create new work: the challenge of finding the similarities and differences and working together on stage. Highlighting the concert will be Sensameya, (the snake) a labyrinth of flamenco footwork and graham inspired floor work, Nagwas Tabla, a duet contrasting the middle eastern soloist with the contemporary dance soloist, Cycle of Life merging west african drum and dance with modern ensemble and Balance of the Wheel contrasting traditional classical Indian dance in its rhythmic and emotive form with the modern choreographic form of movement through space, expansive and deliberate.

Produced by Kanopy Dance Company at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: November 13-15, 2009

Performance Times: Show times: Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:30 pm. All performances are at the Overture Center for the Arts in Promenade Hall

Ticket Prices: $24 adults/$22 children and students. Groups of 8 or more: receive $1 off per ticket. Tickets sales open on Monday, October 5. Call (608) 258-4141; purchase at Overture Ticket Office; or Overture website at: www.overturecenter.com  For Kanopy questions please call (608) 255-2211 or visit: www.kanopydance.org Hearing impaired please call (TTY/TDD 866.704.2328)

Call (608) 258-4141; 255-2211 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions for modern dancers for the Kanopy Dance Company will
be held on Saturday August 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm, in the Kanopy Dance Studio at 341 State Street in downtown Madison.

Dancers should Call 608 255-2211 to register. Also, applicants should bring their resumes and photos; and, each dancer should be prepared to present a 1 - 2 minute solo. Male and female professional modern/contemporary dancers will be auditioned.

Kanopy Dance Company's 2009-2010 performance season will be produced in the Promenade Hall of the Overture Center for the Arts. For more about Kanopy Dance Company go to www.kanopydance.org