Dance Department celebrates 50th anniversary season

Winterdances 2014

Pictured: Bonnie Watson, Nicole Ross, Jorge Quintero. Background image: Courtesy UWM Libraries, Archives Department. Photo by Troye Fox.

“WINTERDANCES” JAN. 23-26

The UWM Department of Dance celebrates its 50th anniversary by honoring the past and embracing the new with “Winterdances: Past Moving Forward,” presented Jan. 23-26 at the Mainstage Theater, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The program features works by both past and current faculty and students, embodying the history of the department as it launches into the next five decades. Performance times are:

  • 7:30 p.m. January 23-25 (Thursday-Saturday)
  • 2 p.m. January 26 (Sunday)

“Winterdances” includes choreography by Assistant Professor Maria Gillespie; Christina Briggs Winslow, dance alumna and visiting assistant professor; dance alumni Keely Garfield and Debra Loewen, founder and artistic director of Wild Space Dance Company; and MFA student Carrie Lande Homuth.

The dancing in Garfield’s “Lamb” is framed by the Zen saying, “Fall seven times, stand up eight” – when life knocks you down, you should get up and try again.

In “Anything at All,” Loewen investigates the speculative nature of anticipation and the myriad possibilities the future holds in store.

Briggs Winslow excavates hidden stories and considers the translation of content in “Proximity Determines.”

Gillespie offers “La Hora de Salir (deconstructed),” which explores the mechanics of departures and the politics of intimacy, and blurs the lines between desire and our quest for unity.

Lande Homuth’s “Going to Polly’s” premiered at UWM last summer.

Tickets are available through the Peck School of the Arts Box Office, 414-229-4308, or online at arts.uwm.edu/tickets.

Tickets are $17/general public; $15/seniors, UWM faculty and staff; $5 (presale), $8 (night of show)/students. Dance majors are free.

Visit the PSOA Calendar at http://psoacal.uwm.edu/?tribe_events=winterdances

“Sight Readings” Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Photo courtesy of Wild Space Dance Company. Photo by Paul Mitchell. Background video (not part of “Sight Readings” performance) by Steve Rowell).

Photo courtesy of Wild Space Dance Company. Photo by Paul Mitchell. Background video (not part of “Sight Readings” performance) by Steve Rowell).

In partnership with the Department of Dance, INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) welcomes Wild Space Dance Company Jan. 30-Feb. 1 for a collaboration of site, film and dance with “Sight Readings.”

Held at Kenilworth Square East, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., “Sight Readings” uses INOVA’s gallery rooms and passages as intimate venues for performance and audience engagement, reflecting how viewers interact with

museum spaces to experience art. The nonlinear event unfolds in repeating vignettes, inspired by INOVA architecture, film and video work.

For more information, visit www.wildspacedance.org/. Performances are at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are available through the Peck School of the Arts Box Office, 414-229-4308, or online at arts.uwm.edu/tickets.

Tickets are $15/general public; $10/students and seniors.