Kanopy Dance Postpones Kanopy Redux: No Limits

Kanopy Redux: No Limits  Now Rescheduled October 20-23, 2022, at the Overture Center for the Arts (Show was slated for April 22-24, 2022)

Kanopy Dance Company is postponing its April 22-24 performances of Kanopy Redux: No Limits at the Overture Center for the Arts until October 20-23, 2022.Several positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified among members of the production’s technical and artistic team, despite strict adherence to comprehensive Covid safety protocols that have been in place during the two-month rehearsal process (that exceeded some 200 hours) for the show.

While Kanopy is deeply disappointed to make this announcement and extends its apologies to audience members for any inconvenience, the health and safety of our larger community is paramount. With the challenging demands and close physical interactions required during the rehearsals and performances of Kanopy Redux: No Limits, we must ensure a safe environment for our artists, director, and crew to come together as they prepare to take the stage and after the curtain rises.

We are grateful that we have been able to obtain commitments from our guest director, Pascal, and guest artists to return for the October 20-23, 2022, run of Kanopy Redux: No Limits that will open Kanopy’s 2022-23 mainstage season at the Overture Center for the Arts.

The Overture Center Box Office will reach out to all Kanopy Redux: No Limits ticket holders to facilitate the exchange of tickets for the rescheduled production in October or for a full refund.


About Kanopy Redux: No Limits

Kanopy’s Kanopy Redux: No Limits (now October 20-23, 2022) at the Overture Center for the Arts, will present a debut of world-class reconstructed works as well as iconic Kanopy favorites. Expect impossibly exquisite physical dance that will defy the limits for human movement and lavish, custom costuming.

Internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, Pascal Rioult, guest directs the Kanopy Company in his signature masterwork, “Views of the Fleeting World”, (“Views”). “Views” is a series of dreams/meditations in seven sections, a rare artistic treat that intertwines the parallels in Bach’s music and Asian culture with the Japanese wood block prints of the great ukiyo-e master, Hiroshige, a major inspiration. Reconstructed works will include Lisa Thurrell’s poignant “Cassandra’s Cry” and Robert E. Cleary’s joyful “Primavera” and the bold + spirited “Bound and Determined”.

Kanopy’s 2021-22 Season Opens December 2021


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,


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]


Auditions for Kanopy 2 Pre-Professional Company and Training Program

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



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.