Spring Dances

Directed by Lisa Andrea Thurrell

Spring Dances, a concert of modern dance by Kanopy Dance Company, will be presented at Music Hall on the UW Campus on May 18 and 19 at 8 PM.

Guest artists include Kraig Patterson, Choreographer, Director of bopi's black sheep, dances by kraig patterson. Patterson was principal dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group for 12 years and has choreographed several works for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Also invited to participate are Ede Thurrell, principal dancer with Patterson's company, and performer with Stanley Love Performance Group and Pink Inc. Movement Theatre; and, Kiro Kopulos, Madison Performance artist and Director of Kiroga Theatre.

Kanopy's Resident Choreographers Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Andrea Thurrell will also present new works.

The concert will include the premiere of a work Patterson choreographed on the Kanopy Dance Company dancers during his residency here, and a duet he will perform with Ede Thurrell. Lisa Thurrell will premiere her work to Bach's Partita #2 in D minor; Cleary, his Dancing with the Man in Black to music by Johnny Cash.

Music Hall is located near the pedestrian overpass, off Park Street and University Avenue. Music Hall is handicapped accessible; and convenient to parking ramps and Madison Metro Bus lines.

Tickets are $15 General Admission and $13 for Students and Senior Citizens, and are available for advance purchase and at the door. Reservations are advised; call 255-2211.


Kraig Patterson

Mr Patterson is known internationally for his choreography as for his dancing. He originated the notorious role of the maid in Mark Morris's take on the Nutcracker, The Hard Nut; and, performed for Morris in Dido and Aeneas and Falling Down Stairs, the noted collaboration between Morris and Yo Yo Ma. Barnard College/Columbia University and Baryshnikov (for the White Oak Project) and many others have commissioned works by Patterson. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence and will teach at the American Dance Festival this summer. He has performed worldwide in such venues as St. Marks Church in NYC and Jacob's Pillow in MA to the MAC in Dallas, The Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami and in Europe and Australia. Jennifer Dunning, reporting in The New York Times, says "Kraig Patterson is an imaginative original...inscrutable but potent." Toby Tobias in Dance Magazine declares, "Here Patterson demonstrates his innate command of composition, a mastery akin to Paul Taylor and Morris: the unerring sense of what, how much, and when." More on Patterson and Ede Thurrell can be found at www.bopi.org