THE PURE JOY OF DANCE – DANCE INTO 2021

Contact: Susanne Voeltz for Kanopy Dance  

[email protected]  608.284.0848

Register Now for Kanopy Dance Academy’s Third Quarter, February 2-March 28, 2021.

New Class Selections. More Performance Opportunities! Please visit https://kanopydance.org/school-year/

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. Last February, little did we know that Kanopy’s hit show, “Love is Love”, fittingly appraised by dance critic Katie Reiser as an “exuberant celebration” and “a look at love and loss and all the heartbreak, hilarity and messiness of the human condition”– would be the last time we would gather with our Kanopy “family” at Overture for an entire season to come.

Fast forward, an intermission with a new “normal” for Kanopy, our arts colleagues, and communities throughout the world. We are all choreographing our life as a dance in time and space – a counter-intuitive six feet+ away from neighbors and friends.

Thanks to your help, Kanopy has been able to creatively and resourcefully reset. We have pivoted our highly regarded Kanopy Dance Academy to a virtual platform offering over 25 classes led by exceptional talents in modern and contemporary dance who are teaching from studios in New York, Chicago and Madison.

Our advanced students, company and alum have had singular opportunities to collaborate with collegiate dancers from Ailey/Fordham, CSU-Fullerton, Loyola University-Chicago and Williams College studying modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow’s signature work, “Rooms”, in a program created by the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble that will culminate in a series of virtual performances and a film production. Here is a link to “A Virtual Symposium – Celebrating 65 years of Sokolow’s Rooms held on 12/5/20 in which our students participated with their colleagues throughout the country: https://vimeo.com/489640311.

Moderated by Dance Enthusiast founder and Editor-in-Chief, Christine Jowers, featured speakers included Neil Baldwin, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Dance & Theatre, Montclair State University; Library of Congress dance curator Libby Smigel, MFA, PhD; and Library of Congress senior musicologist Loras John Schissel. Dr. Baldwin commented that Kanopy students were “utterly amazing – forthright – brave revelatory  – during our all too brief danceaturgy conversation.”

And, on December 19, 2020, over 50 families and households gathered virtually to see Kanopy students enrolled in the Charles Weidman Repertory taught by Chicagoan Anne Marie Loesch, perform selections from Weidman’s joyful masterwork “Christmas Oratorio” .

While our stage at the Overture Center will likely remain dark until next fall, we are carefully planning for our return to the stage– developing exciting, thought provoking and uplifting dance in partnership with local, regional and nationally recognized choreographers and dancers. Expect several performances this summer at outdoor venues for a sneak peak of the dance treats that lie ahead when we all gather at the Overture Center once again.

 

Kanopy Dance Academy Third Quarter
Dancing with Kanopy at Home Starts LIVE via ZOOM February 2-March 28, 2021
Special Performance Opportunities for Kanopy Academy Students
Register Now https://kanopydance.org/school-year/

Kanopy Dance Academy continues online LIVE via ZOOM for the Winter Quarter 3, starting February 2-March 28,2021. (Decisions about resuming in-studio or a hybrid of virtual and in studio classes for the Spring Quarter will be subject to strict guidelines recommended by public health officials).

As Kanopy Dance Company’s official dance school, Kanopy Dance Academy provides rare opportunities for students to learn a repertoire of master works by iconic shapers of dance from nationally acclaimed guest artists, choreographers and an exceptional faculty team. Kanopy Academy’s third quarter offers over 25 weekly classes including creative modern dance, ballet, repertory, choreography & improvisation and dance history, as well as “intensives” in principal modern dance techniques including those of Lester Horton, Anna Sokolow, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Erick Hawkins and Martha Graham. The curriculum will also be enriched with written creative projects, to be completed independently.

New Classes and Performance Opportunities

New Times! Creative Modern/Ballet (Level 1) — Joy of Dance for the young dancer beginning dance skills, dance games, exploration, costume fun, and creation of students very own dances. Activities continue “away from the screen “with projects for the family. Dream. Imagine. Learn.

New Class Time! Ballet (Level 4) Created during the Italian Renaissance, focus is on the Russian and Cecchetti school of training.

Added Class Times! Martha Graham Modern Dance Technique (Levels 4,5/6 and Kanopy2, adults) Movement stemming from the breath including contraction, release, spiral, shift of weight. A vocabulary of movement that will “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body” and create foundation for the highest technical and expressive artistry.

 

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Academy Performances
Georgia Corner’s Erick Hawkins Repertory class will usher in spring with an online performance of selections from Hawkins’ “Classic Kite Tails”, a delightful and challenging masterwork that plays on the floating, darting qualities of flying kites. on Saturday, March 20, from 1-1:45 PM CST.

And don’t miss From Kanopy with Love: Dance Choreography Projects from Summer Intensive 2020 on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb 14 at 4pm CST. Last summer, sixteen students from levels 3,4, 5/6 and Kanopy2 created videos of their dances as part of an optional assignment during Kanopy’s 2020 Summer Intensives .The compilation of video shorts and online presentation is being produced by videographer Mats Rudels with artistic direction from Kanopy’s Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell.

Thank you for your support! Please Take Care and Stay Well.

Sokolow “Rooms” Symposium 12/5/20

“Christmas Oratorio” informal showing 12/19/20

 

REGISTER FOR SECOND QUARTER 2020 & Holiday Performance!

News From Kanopy Dance Company Contact: Susanne Voeltz [email protected]

 

Kanopy Dance Academy Second Quarter

Dancing with Kanopy at Home Starts LIVE via ZOOM

November 9, 2020-January 31, 2021

Special Performance Opportunities for Kanopy Academy Students

Including a Holiday Show (ZOOM): “Excerpts from Charles Weidman’s Joyful Christmas Oratorio”.

Registration Now Open. Please visit https://kanopydance.org/school-year/

 

Madison, WI—November 3, 2020—Kanopy Dance Academy will continue online LIVE via ZOOM for the Fall Quarter 2, starting November 9, 2020-January 31, 2021, in light of Covid-19 and Kanopy’s commitment to the health and safety of our community.  (Decisions about resuming in-studio or a hybrid of virtual and in-studio classes for the Winter/Spring Quarter will be subject to strict guidelines recommended by public health officials).

As Kanopy Dance Company’s official dance school, Kanopy Dance Academy provides rare opportunities for students to learn a repertoire of master works by iconic shapers of dance from nationally acclaimed guest artists, choreographers and an exceptional faculty team.

Kanopy Academy’s fall quarter 2 offers 24 weekly classes including creative modern dance, ballet, repertory, choreography & improvisation and dance history, as well as “intensives” in principal modern dance techniques including those of Lester Horton, Anna Sokolow, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Erick Hawkins and Martha Graham. The fall curriculum will also be enriched with written creative projects, to be completed independently.

New to the Kanopy faculty this quarter is Chicagoan Anne Marie Loesch, a premiere instructor/performer in the pedagogy of the Humphrey/Weidman modern dance technique. She will teach two classes on Saturdays during the 2nd fall quarter: Humphrey Dance Technique on Saturdays, 2:15-3:05PM and the Charles Weidman Repertory Christmas Oratorio” at 3:10-3:45PM.

Students enrolled in the Weidman Repertory “Christmas Oratorio” class session will present a holiday performance of Weidman’s joyful choreography—danced to Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”— live via ZOOM for family and friends on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Weidman was a modern dance pioneer who famously collaborated with the legendary Doris Humphrey, developing the Humphrey/Weidman modern dance technique. Weidman and Humphrey helped shape a legion of extraordinary dancers including Jose Limon, Gene Kelly, Sybil Shearer, Eleanor King, Bob Fosse and Alvin Ailey. (Weidman also choreographed the searing “Lynchtown”, an attack on bigotry and hatred that Kanopy performed at the Overture Center in 2015.

Another special highlight this fall quarter 2, will be learning Anna Sokolow’s signature work “Rooms”, a powerful dance about loneliness featuring music composed by Kenyon Hopkins for a jazz ensemble. As part of that project, Kanopy Academy students, and those from select companies and colleges nationally, will collaborate through the fall and spring with the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble NYC creating virtual performances, shared rehearsals and coaching, and, ultimately, a film production.

In addition, Kanopy 2 and Kanopy Company dancers will rehearse (remotely) and film an adaption of the “Ciaccona” from Kanopy’s co artistic director Lisa Thurrell’s “Partita & Chorales”. This work is an uplifting yearning emotional work set to J.S. Bach’s Partita in D Minor and Bach Chorales. Kanopy’s directors Robert E Cleary and Lisa Thurrell will collaborate with videographer Mats Rudels in revisioning this work for film.

Whether you are a creative beginner, on a professional track, looking for a body-strengthening workout or wanting to experience the pure joy of dance, Kanopy has a dance class just for you.  Information about registration and a full schedule of classes are available at https://kanopydance.org/school-year/ .  For additional questions please contact Kanopy at [email protected] or Kanopy Dance 608.255-2211. (Registration will be offered on a rolling basis to provide flexibility and accommodate school calendars.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 & School, 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 to create with us on stage. 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 outreach programs reaching thousands through area public and private schools, libraries, community centers, preschools, senior centers, outdoor festivals, and colleges; 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, (our 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. Please visit us at https://kanopydance.org/.

 

KANOPY ACADEMY IN THE NEWS

For an inside look at the Kanopy Dance Academy check out an article by Gwen Rice published in Isthmus https://isthmus.com/arts/stage/teaching-to-keep-kanopy-alive/ and browse through photojournalist Ruthie Hauge’s stunning gallery of Kanopy students  “Dancing at Home” in a spread shot for the Capital Times https://madison.com/ct/news/local/photos-kanopy-dance-has-gone-virtual/collection_3b1521e9-8302-5093-bc4f-0edc5c031d77.html#19 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER FOR FIRST QUARTER (FALL) 2020

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

In light of the continuing threat of Covid-19, and in the best interest of our community, Kanopy Dance Academy will continue its virtual program Dancing with Kanopy at Home LIVE via ZOOM, at least for the first quarter of fall September 15- November 7, 2020. 

Register now for fall quarter. Please go to: https://kanopydance.org/school-year/ and click on the orange button to register and see schedule of classes.

Registration ongoing.

Audition for Kanopy Company 2!  Pre-Professional performance and trainee program ages 14-26. See more here: https://kanopydance.org/kanopy-company-2/

 

 

 

We will continue to monitor what is clearly a very fluid situation and follow the standards and guidelines prescribed by our public health officials before we reconvene for hybrid in-person classes.

We are, however, preparing for an eventual return to the Kanopy studios and are identifying all necessary protocols and interventions that must be implemented to gather safely again. Recently, we also invested in a Needle Point Bi-Polar Ionization System to purify and maintain clean air in our studios.

Taught by world acclaimed guest artists along with Kanopy’s outstanding faculty, the fall program will include creative modern dance, modern dance techniques, ballet, choreography & improvisation, repertory, and dance history, as well as “intensives” in the premiere modern dance techniques including those of Lester Horton, Anna Sokolow, Erick Hawkins, and Martha Graham. 

Select master classes will supplement the “intensives” -a rare, in depth training opportunity to learn excerpts from masterworks by those iconic shapers of modern and contemporary dance. Kanopy’s fall curriculum will also be enriched with written creative projects, to be completed independently, and other special surprises. Students will have an opportunity to video and showcase their creative work.

Kanopy Company 2 dancers will also have virtual rehearsals for upcoming projects.

If you have any questions, and need more information, please do reach out to us at [email protected] or Kanopy Dance 608.255-2211.