Tickets on sale now for Kanopy’s 2017-18 Season

Kanopy Dance Company’s
Dance Into the Light 2017-18 Season On Sale Now

A Series of Awe Inspiring Dance Concerts
At the Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street Madison, WI

Order tickets on line or by phone: Tickets:, 608.258.4141

Or stop in at the Overture Box Office, 201 State Street, Madison, WI
 Ticket Prices: $29/general, $22/students, $14/children, youth

Kanopy Shines On Dance Into the Light
Beautiful Isolation
Presented by Custer Plumb Financial Services
Masterworks: Anna Sokolow’s “Lyric Suite,” and excerpt “Escape” from “Rooms”
Guest Artists: Samantha Geracht & Jim May the Artistic Directors of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, NYC.
November 10-12, 2017
Dark Tales
Presented by Urban Land Interests and The Century House
Guest Artists: Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum, Directors of Theatre de l’Ange Fou; Sandra Kaufmann; former soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company; and Deborah Zall former soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company and Artistic Director of Deborah Zall Dance NYC.
February 9-11 and 16-18, 2018
Presented by Earthling Interactive and SprintPrint
Guest Artists: Lonny Joseph Gordon, Artistic Director of GORDONDANCE; Winifred Haun, Artistic Director of Winifred Haun & Dancers Chicago and her dancers.
April 13-15, 2018 
All Mainstage Performances Fri: 7:30pm;Sat: 5pm; Sat: 8pm Sun: 2:30pm
Fanning the Flame
Featured Artists: Kanopy Company 2 – the Next Generation from Kanopy Dance
May 5, 2018 (Saturday 5 and 8 PM performances only)

“Something for Everyone”
For more highlights about Kanopy’s 2017-2018 season and performances to be staged by our colleagues at the Madison Ballet, please check out Amanda Finn’s article in the Sunday, September 10th edition of the Wisconsin State Journal   

Join Us! Register for Kanopy Dance Programs 2017-18

Join us! Whether you are new to dance, or a seasoned dancer… we have classes for you! Modern, Ballet, Choreography and more…..ages 3-adult – beginner through Professional. Get ready, get excited!










Register Now ! Ages 3-Adult All levels.

Advanced and intermediate students: Intensify your training, work with world renown master teachers in master workshops,  have a great time doing it!

Beginning and intermediate students:
Have a great time learning, creating, and working hard. Experience new ways of moving, improve your skills, deepen friendships and make new ones!

Beginning adult and teen students:
Have you always wanted to try dance classes? Join us!

Want to choreograph? Work together?
Adult Ensemble is a choreography & performance group for mixed levels.

Want to join Kanopy Company 2?
For advanced pre-professional students ages 15-26 who desire rigorous training and performance. By permission.

School Year 2017-2018 and Fall Term 1
Classes Ages 3-Adult, Beginner through Professional
Register Online at:
Classes begin Sept 5, register anytime.

School Year:
Sept 5, 2017-May 20, 2018.
All School Showcase:
Sunday May 20, 2018, 1-5pm, Overture Center

Level 1: ages 3-4, Beginning: Creative Modern.
Level 1: ages 4-5, Beginning: Creative Modern.
Level 2: ages 5-7,  Beginning/Cont: Creative Modern/Ballet.
Level 2: ages 6-7,  Beginning: Creative Modern/Ballet.
Level 3: ages 8+, Advanced Beginning: Modern, Ballet, Choreography.
Level 4: ages 11+, Intermediate: Modern, Ballet, prepointe Choreography.
Level 5: ages 12+, Advanced Intermediate: Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Choreography.
Level 6: ages 14+, Advanced: Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Choreography.

Adult Students: Beginning through Advanced classes in Modern and Ballet. Register for School Year, per term, class card, or drop in.

Kanopy Company 2: is a pre professional company and training program for advanced dancers ages 15-26 including intensive training, rehearsing, performing and choreography.

Adult Ensemble: is a choreography and performance group. Adult students of mixed levels and ages develop their technique in their modern and ballet classes, while developing skills in choreography and performance Ensemble class.
Questions? E-mail us at or call the studio at  608 255-2211. We are located downtown on State Street near Overture Center: 341 State Street, Madison, WI 53703

Preview Performance “Bluebeard Through the Looking-Glass Darkly” Aug 26-27

JOIN us for a special showing and preview of Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum’s “Bluebeard Through the Looking Glass Darkly” to be performed in Kanopy Dance Company’s “Dark Tales” concert in its Season 2017-18 at the Overture Center for the Arts.

“Bluebeard Through the Looking-Glass Darkly”

August: Saturday 26, 2017 (4.30pm and 7pm), Sunday 27, 2017 (2.30pm)

Suggested Donation $15

Created and Directed by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum.
Performed by Kanopy Dance Company, directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert Cleary.

Like all fairy tales, Blue Beard is an expression of the collective unconscious, and offers a possible understanding of universal patterns in the human psyche. It depicts the dance and the dynamics between the two grand archetypal forces, the masculine and the feminine. Using all the resources of modern movement theatre, Wasson and Soum are inventing for Kanopy Dance Company a voyage, punctuated by humor and derision, through the labyrinth of Bluebeard’s mind.

Following the success of “A Strange Day for Mister K.” and “Good Morning Mister K.”, this will be the third work created by the Theatre de l’Ange Fou for Kanopy Dance Company.


The White Church Theatre Project
6348 State Road
23 Spring Green

Wisconsin USA 53588 

Informal Showing Workshop with Artistic Directors of Theatre de L’Ange Fou

Join us for an informal showing with Guest Artists the Artistic Directors of Theatre de L’Ange Fou , Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy2 and Workshop students

Under the direction of Kanopy’s co-artistic directors
Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary
With a distinguished Guest Artists

Friday Aug 18, 2017
Kanopy Studio
341 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
free event

JOIN us for a special showing the culmination of  master workshop with Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum. Learn about the importance of Etienne Decroux, modern movement theater corporeal mime artistry and technique. See the Kanopy Dance Company Dancers, Kanopy2 and workshop students presenting creative works from the workshop.

Steven Wasson, born in the US, is Director of Theatre de l’Ange Fou, International School of Corporeal Mime, London, and White Church Theatre Project, Spring Green,WI. He studied literature and drama at University of Northern Colorado with Lloyd Norton, mime with Reid Gilbert at Valley Studio,WI. In Paris, he was student of Etienne Decroux later becoming his assistant. Decroux created Le Prophete and Le Duo dans le Parc St. Cloud for him, and set classic repertoire on him. He has created, performed, and directed all plays for Theatre de l’Ange Fou. He worked in film, TV, radio in US and France with award winning documentary director Dominique Benechetti and Oscar winning filmaker Serge Bourguignon. In 1989, his play Le Petit Dictateur was awarded Label of the Revolution in France. In 1996, Steven directed mime scenes for Simon Callow’s Royal Shakespeare Company’s Les Enfants du Paradis. He acted, written and directed for Avatar Meher Baba Theatre, India, and taught corporeal mime physical theatre internationally for 30 years.

Corinne Soum. Born in France, Corinne is co-director of Theatre de l’Ange Fou, International School of Corporeal Mime, London, and White Church Theatre Project, Spring Green, WI. She studied corporeal mime with Etienne Decroux, became his assistant. Decroux created 3 pieces on her: La Femme Oiseau, Le Fauteuil de l’Absent and Le Duo dans le Parc St. Cloud, and set classic pieces for her from his repertoire. She studied classical dance with Yves Casati of Opera Comique, modern dance with Jeanne Jolly, graduated from Ecole Irene Popard in gymnastics and dance, studied voice with Georges Roiron. Corinne taught corporeal mime at National Theatre School in Amsterdam. Corinne has a long collaboration with Steven Wasson in directing, creating and performing for their company. She was professor of Corporeal Mime at Ecole de Mimodrame Marcel Marceau for 7 years, and internationally as performer, lecturer and writer on Etienne Decroux and corporeal mime.

The Theatre de l’Ange Fou and the International School of Corporeal Mime were created, in Paris in 1984 and London in 1995, by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum, the last assistants of “the father of Modern Mime” Etienne Decroux. The school is devoted to the development of the technique, growing Repertoire and dramaturgy of Corporeal Mime, and offers professional training programmes. The Theatre de l’Ange Fou, has toured Europe, Russia, North and South America and the Middle East. The company has created over 20 plays ranging from duets to ensemble works: The Little Dictator – parts I & II, Beyond the Garden, Crusade, Entangled Lives, The Government Inspector, The Orpheus Complex, Across the Seven Seas, and their latest, A Promethean Dream, Etienne Decroux – The Father of Modern Mime and Waiting for Ulysses … revealing different aspects of the spiritual and human quest and the complexity of relationships between individuals longing for love. In 1992, they re-introduced to the public the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux with their reconstruction, and performances by the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, of his major pieces (including La Meditation, Les Arbres, L’Usine…) in The Man Who Preferred to Stand, and more recently in Passage of Man on Earth, Resonance and A Promethean Dream. This was the beginning of the transmission process that is today the base of their teaching. Both company and school are now permanently in residence at the White Church Theatre Project in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Etienne Decroux. In the 20th century, Etienne Decroux (1898-1991), student of Jaques Copeau, actor with Charles Dullin, Louis Jouvet, Gaston Baty, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Carne…) known as the “Father of Modern Mime and one of the great luminaries of the theatre world” (Sunday Times), gave Mime a true autonomy with a specific vocabulary, Repertoire and philosophy. He invented the most modern form of mime, “Dramatic Corporeal Mime”, an innovative method and precise technique focusing on the vital importance of the body and physical action in theatre. He created a Repertoire of physical theatre work which stand apart from any adaptations of written plays or literary texts. To many theatre historians, Etienne Decroux belongs to that family of Director/Pedagogues such as Gordon Craig and his theories of the super marionnette, the biomechanics of Meyerhold, Stanislavsky’s actor as the master of physical action, Chekov’s psychological gesture, Grotowski’s laboratory and the visions of Artaud. The difference is that Etienne Decroux is the only one to affirm that corporeal expression is not only the base of theatre, but also, more importantly, a new, independent, theatrical art form.