Summer heats up UWM dance scene


Front to back: Norielle Johnson, Gina Laurenzi, Carrie Martin and Devin Settle investigate various ways to interact remotely in preparation for “Somatophobia.”

Summertime means great dance at UWM. In addition to a new work by Professor Luc Vanier, the season features two concerts by MFA candidates and the annual Dancemakers program of graduate student work.

“Somatophobia” June 22-24

“Somatophobia,” by Professor Luc Vanier, will be presented at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. June 22-24 at Kenilworth Square East, room 508.

“Somatophobia” is a dance/multimedia experience looking to reconnect the audience and the movers to the subtle physical energies associated with ego, character, presence and embodiment. This new collaborative work integrates psychology, meditation, theater and music with dance to create an intimate experience about the fear of embodiment.

Collaborators include Christine Barclay, newly graduated from the UWM Music Department in Composition and Voice; Dance alumnus Steven Moses, a Milwaukee choreographer and dancer; digital interactive designer Dominic Amato; Dance alumna Jaimi Patterson, Your Mother Dances company member; New York designer Edward Winslow; and sculptor/dancer Marissa Waraksa.

Tickets for “Somatophobia” are $17/general admission; $12/seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; $10/students. Tickets are available through the Peck School Box Office, 414-229-4308, or online at

MFA concerts July 6-7, 12-13

An MFA thesis concert, “Whole,” by Emma Drave, will be presented July 6-7 in Kenilworth Square East, room 508, at 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can tickets will be available starting a half-hour prior to show time.

A second MFA thesis concert, “Combustible Gate,” co-produced by the Department of Dance and Danceworks, features new choreography from New York artist and UWM student Juliana May. The performance is July 12-13 at 8 p.m. at Danceworks, 1661 N. Water St. Contact Danceworks at 414-277-8480 for tickets.

Dancemakers July 27-28

Dancemakers, a concert of graduate student work presented on July 27-28, showcases work by the professional dancers and choreographers who travel to Milwaukee each summer to participate in the Dance Department’s acclaimed graduate program.

The concert is in the Mainstage Theatre and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12/general admission; $10/seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; and $8/students. Tickets are available through the Peck School Box Office, 414-229-4308, or online at