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Guest Artists & Faculty School Year  2021-22

Sept 13, 2021-May 21, 20222

Join us dancing with world acclaimed artists from around the country – along-side Kanopy’s Artistic Directors and Faculty. Deepen your dance technique and artistry. Engage in creative activities. Learn, and learn about, these modern dance techniques, their different foundations toward the physical art of movement, their beginnings, and how artists through time create and find inspiration. Also, Surprise Pop up guest teachers from around the nation will inspire with master classes.

Faculty:

  • Darwin Black, Kanopy faculty and company dancer; former dancer TU Dance Sacramento Ballet, RIOULTDANCENY, Madison WI.
  • Robert E. Cleary, Artistic Director, Kanopy Dance, Madison, WI.
  • Georgia Corner, Kanopy faculty; former principal dancer Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Madison, WI.
  • Luis Gabriel Zaragoza, master teacher, principal dancer, Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, New York, New York.
  • Samantha Geracht, Artistic Director Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, New York, New York.
  • Anne Marie Loesch, master teacher, Humphrey-Weidman Technique, Chicago, IL.
  • Brian Norris, master teacher, former dancer with  Les Ballets Trockadero, Madison WI
  • Lisa Thurrell, Artistic Director, Kanopy Dance, Madison, WI.

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Life. Hope. Recharge. The Pure Joy of Kanopy Dance

Kanopy  Dance Company is thrilled to ignite Overture Audiences

With illuminating and leading-edge Dance Performance once again

Kanopy’s 2021/22 Season Opens in December, 2021

 

Kanopy Dance Company 2021/22 Season at

Promenade Hall in the Overture Center for the Arts

Tickets on Sale, October 2, 2021

https://www.overture.org/

Kanopy  Dance is delighted to light up the Overture stage again this December, opening our season  with Winter Fantasia, a cherished holiday celebration of dance. Winter Fantasia, (Dec. 2-5, 2021,Thursday-Sunday — 6 performances), features two treasured winter stories rooted in Scandinavian folklore and brought to life through the magic of dance. Also on the program, an uber charming  performance of a Kanopy original, “Winter in The City”, inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s score from “On the Town”.

Then, in February, (Feb 18-20, 2022, Friday-Sunday), Kanopy is excited to present Reflections + Dreams with the work of modern dance legend Anna Sokolow at center stage, to be performed by five guest artists from the NYC’s Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble as well as members of the Kanopy Dance Corps. In a truly rare dance experience, a stunning masterwork by innovative choreographer Talley Beatty will also be presented by Kanopy Company’s principal dancers.

Kanopy closes the 2021/22 mainstage season with a captivating concert in April, (April 22-24, 2022, Friday-Sunday): Kanopy Redux: No Limits, a debut of New Works/Reconstructed Works as well as Kanopy Favorites. Expect impossibly exquisite physical and inspiring dance that will defy the limits for human movement. More surprise performances and signature choreography for Kanopy Redux: No Limits will be announced.

For more Information Contact:  Susanne C. Voeltz 608.284.0848  [email protected]

 

Kanopy Dance: Shawn Harper Photography

How Dancers Become Dancers: Kanopy Dance Company Develops New Dancers  with its  Rigorous Training program, Kanopy 2


Admission is by Audition. 
Auditions for new Kanopy 2 dancers to be held  Saturday, July 24,  2021 from 2:00-3:30PM, at the new Kanopy Center for Modern and Contemporary Dance, 329 West Mifflin Street, Madison WI

Kanopy will hold auditions for its 2021-22 Pre-Professional Company and Training Program, Kanopy 2, on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 PM, at the Kanopy Center for Modern and Contemporary Dance, 329 West Mifflin Street, just around the corner from the Overture Center for the Arts.
 
Serious dancers, (age 14-23), admitted by audition, are introduced to an intense vocabulary of classic and modern forms and study with national luminaries shaping the future of modern contemporary dance. Each year, Kanopy 2 performs and presents original choreography in Kanopy’s season ending Academy showcase at the Overture Center.  Students may also occasionally be cast in Kanopy’s mainstage season. In addition, Kanopy 2 members dance in outreach performances and workshops throughout the year. Numerous Kanopy 2 alumni have forged professional dance careers or earned success in other careers of their choosing.
 
Selected dancers will enroll into the Kanopy2 program which begins Sept 7, 2021, committing to approximately 14 hours per week of classes and rehearsals from Sept 2021-May 2022, and the Kanopy Summer Intensive 2022 (5 weeks).  Classes and rehearsals are Monday-Thursday evenings, Saturday daytime/early eve, with option to train with the  Kanopy Dance Company Tuesday-Thursday mornings. Most students, once accepted, study and perform as members of  Kanopy2 for 1-4 years. Auditioning dancers should have a background in modern dance with experience in other forms such as post-modern, ballet, and contemporary.
 
 
To Audition:
Email your request to audition: 
[email protected]
Include your full name, contact information (email, address, and phone), age, three references, head shot, dance photo, dance reel (if available), and short bio of your dance training and dance performance background.
If accepted to audition, you will receive a confirmation email.
 
Once accepted:
Plan to attend a modern dance class, learn repertory, and have a 1–2 minute solo prepared to perform. (modern/contemporary).
 
Saturday July 24,  2021, from 2:00-3:30PM
Kanopy Center for Modern and Contemporary Dance
329 West Mifflin Street, Madison WI 53703

 

SUMMER  2021  IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL Formats 

July 6-Aug 7, 2021

Join us dancing with world acclaimed artists from around the country – along-side Kanopy’s Artistic Directors and Faculty. Deepen your dance technique and artistry. Engage in creative activities. Learn, and learn about, these modern dance techniques, their different foundations toward the physical art of movement, their beginnings, and how artists through time create and find inspiration. Also, Surprise Pop up guest teachers from around the nation will inspire with master classes.

Faculty:

  • Darwin Black, Kanopy faculty and company dancer; former dancer TU Dance Sacramento Ballet, RIOULTDANCENY, Madison WI.
  • Robert E. Cleary, Artistic Director, Kanopy Dance, Madison, WI.
  • Georgia Corner, Kanopy faculty; former principal dancer Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Madison, WI.
  • Luis Gabriel Zaragoza, master teacher, principal dancer, Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, New York, New York.
  • Samantha Geracht, Artistic Director Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, New York, New York.
  • Anne Marie Loesch, master teacher, Humphrey-Weidman Technique, Chicago, IL.
  • Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Artistic Director Red Clay Dance Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Lisa Thurrell, Artistic Director, Kanopy Dance, Madison, WI.

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Contact: Susanne Voeltz for Kanopy Dance [email protected]  608.284.0848

After 16  inspired years, Kanopy will vacate its iconic

State Street Studios to make way

for a $100 million mixed use development

Kanopy Dance Academy to Remain Downtown

near the Overture Center for the Arts

A Dynamic Era for Kanopy’s Studios on State Street  Ends

Madison, WI—March 11, 2021— A dynamic era for Kanopy Dance Company  (Kanopy) is coming to a virtual close. By June 1, 2021, Kanopy must vacate its iconic State Street studios (home to the Kanopy Dance Academy) as nearly a full city block will face demolition, making way for a $100 million + mixed -use development by Core Spaces, a Chicago-based firm specializing in student housing.

Since moving to the State Street studios in 2005, Kanopy Dance Academy has staged some 16,000 dance classes there, taught by some of the premiere talents and shapers of modern dance. Other businesses in the complex at 341 State Street, which was sold to Core Spaces for the  ambitious redevelopment  by Urban Land Interests, include Room of One’s Own Bookstore, Community Pharmacy and Casa de Lara.

After a nine-month long search, Kanopy has leased a ground floor space that will be converted into the Academy’s studios in Metropolitan Place, 329 West Mifflin Street, around the corner from the Overture Center for the Arts (where Kanopy is a resident company) and next to the Madison Opera.

Susanne Voeltz, Kanopy’s spokesperson, remarked that Kanopy looks forward to remaining downtown both in contributing to and benefiting from its cultural energy:

“We are excited that Kanopy is continuing its commitment to the vitality of the downtown and has found a wonderful new home that strengthens the synergy of the Cultural District, and, most importantly,  provides a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and visitors with accessible, inviting and high-tech studios where our highly regarded dance training program can continue to  flourish and grow and where we can  even stage  small pop-up dance ‘happenings’ with our guest artists.”

Kanopy has tapped architect James McFadden -whose projects include the award-winning historic rehabilitation of the landmark Machinery Row on Williamson Street, as well as the creative offices for Planet Propaganda and a tri-level yoga /fitness space for The Studio, both tenants there—-for the renovation. Robert Cleary, Kanopy’s co-artistic director, is serving as the project manager.

Plans  for the new studios include the installation of an extensive Needle Point -Bi-Polar Ionization system to ensure high quality air flow  for the safety of Kanopy’s students, instructors and guests. In addition, Kanopy is investing in state -of -the art audio/visual equipment to prepare for a future that will incorporate live streaming to support Kanopy’s  in-person teaching, collaborations with artists around the country, as well as expanded arts outreach initiatives.

About Kanopy Dance and Kanopy Dance Academy: A Resident Company  of the Overture Center for the Arts.

(Please note -Kanopy Academy’s classes are currently all virtual, as soon as it is deemed safe, Kanopy will cautiously move into a hybrid of virtual and in person instruction with appropriate safety protocols in place. We also hope to light up the stage again at the Overture Center late next fall, all depending on the trajectory of the Covid impact).

Kanopy Dance is a quintessential modern dance company. While the company “informs” its works through its roots in the Martha Graham tradition, Kanopy has cultivated its own brand, working to forward a new dimension and visual language to advance American dance. Kanopy’s artistic directors, Robert E. Cleary, (former principal dancer for Ballet Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theater) and Lisa Thurrell, (former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, NYC), not only strive to preserve the best of Graham; but also, to cultivate the dynamic growth of American dance by training professional dancers, choreographing new works and collaborating with artists to establish new creative benchmarks.

Kanopy Dance Company has a strong regional and national presence working collaboratively with cutting edge dance and dance theater companies throughout the country. Each season, Kanopy attracts dancers and choreographers who are shaping the modern dance scene. In 2013, Kanopy also formed an ongoing partnership with Martha Graham Dance Company that continues to flourish and grow.

In addition to performing original works at our home, the Overture Center, and presenting at arts venues including Chicago, Minneapolis and New York City, Kanopy annually engages in numerous outreach programs presenting educational workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations and performances. Kanopy also provides free tickets to those who might otherwise not have access to the performing arts with the Community Tickets program in collaboration with Overture Center. 

Kanopy is comprised of Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy 2, (Kanopy’s  second company and pre-professional training program), Kanopy Academy, and Kanopy Studio. Kanopy Dance Company is a resident company of Overture Center for the Arts.