Kanopy Dance’s Season 2018-19 A Season of Festivals and Fetes!

 On Sale Aug 25, 2018

At the Overture Center for the Arts 201 State Street Madison, WI 53703
Order tickets on line or by phone: Tickets: www.overturecenter.org, 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


Presented by Urban Land Interests, Custer Plumb Financial and Jendusa Design & Engineering
October 19-21, 2018

Revel in Emotions in Motion with Martha Graham’s masterwork “Celebration”

We kick off our season with Martha Graham’s uplifting masterwork Celebration. This signature piece is paired with Jacqulyn Buglisi’s hauntingly beautiful Sopsiri, performed by guest artists Virginie Mécène, Kevin Predmore, both of whom have extensive experience as principal dancers with Buglisi Dance Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Kanopy’s Artistic Directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary join the festival with darker muses in their original creations Miserere (have Mercy), and Fear is the Enemy.


Winter Fantasia

Presented by Harms Insurance, Wisconsin’s 57 Television, and AC Marriott Hotel
November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018

Deck the Halls with Snow Fairies, Solstice Lights and Carols

As the snowflakes begins to swirl, and icicles dot the winter landscape, Kanopy presents two treasured December stories through dance; Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, and The Norse Tree of Life (Yggdrasil). In Winter’s Eve, a little girl wanders into a glade of trees to play at twilight. Amongst the glistening branches and glittery snow she happens upon the snow fairies and their queen. Accompanied by Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” it’s a stunning tale of winter wonder. Deeper in Kanopy’s snowy forest, audiences will encounter ladies dancing gaily under a mighty Norse evergreen. To mark the season, a little girl brings and her friends drape the tree with garlands and yuletide decorations. Don’t miss these holiday gems!


Devil’s Night

Presented by 94.1 JJO and Earthling Interactive
February 8-10 and 15-17, 2019

An Apocalyptic Vision in Heavy Metal

Enter the dark land of enchantment, the world of the Puppet Master in this glam-rock evening of supernatural horror and high jinks. Delight in the topsy-turvy world, set to the music of Apocolyptica, a four member, Finish, cello metal band. See inmates at an asylum dancing gleefully with the devil. Follow the outrageous Mohawk Man down the rabbit hole, and emerge in a world where Puppetmaster is in control. Delightfully creepy china dolls and figures in shrouds hold our hero captive. Finally they cross the River Styx, and even more otherworldly mayhem ensues. Come the dark side for one night and revel in this dream world!


Spring’s Awakening 

Presented by The Century House and SprintPrint
April 12-14, 2019

A New Crop Of World Premieres, Locally Made

The daffodils and tulips are poking through the frozen ground — spring is approaching, and with it a new crop of Kanopy Dance Lab Works, created by members of the company and our collaborators. Like a trip to the farmer’s market early in the season, you’ll be delighted with each bud, each tender bloom, each sign that a fruitful harvest is on its way. It’s the place for the freshest movements, expressions, and inspiration in modern dance—locally grown!

Kanopy Dance Lab Works, A New Collection Of World Premieres, Locally created, Globally Inspired by Kanopy’s Company of Dancers and Collaborators. Innovation, expressions, and inspiration in modern dance: New works created as part of the Kanopy Dance Lab Works, an ongoing initiative by Company members and guest artists committed to advancing the art of modern dance.

All Mainstage Performances Fri: 7:30pm;Sat: 5pm; Sat: 8pm Sun: 2:30pm

Kanopy Dance Company performances include:
Opening night Preshow Talk and Reception
Master Class week of show


Midsummer’s Eve

Presented by MADISON.COM Wisconsin State Journal and Full Compass
May 11, 2019

Kanopy Company 2 Heats Things Up

As the days get longer, the dancing continues long into warm, starry nights. After the fireflies come out, watch the next generation of dancers and choreographers take to the stage in an evening celebrating Kanopy Company 2. Get set for a summery, sultry evening, rife with new talent, highlighting the work of students in Kanopy’s pre-professional training program. Be there to see these accomplished young dancers spread their wings in daring performances of innovative, new choreography, exuberantly finding their light onstage at Overture Center.

Discover the next generation of talented dancers and choreographers in an evening that showcases and celebrates the work of our students in Kanopy’s intensive pre-professional training program, Kanopy Company 2. Watch our accomplished class of young dancers take the stage with powerful and artistically surprising performances and choreography.

Mainstage Performances Sat: 5pm; Sat: 8pm

Kanopy Company 2 performances include:
Reception after 8pm show



Informal Kanopy Preseason Treat








A Sneak Preview of Kanopy’s October 2018 Mainstage Overture Show
Martha Graham’s “Celebration”:
Excerpts from the Master Workshop
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Kanopy Dance Studios
341 State Street
Madison, WI
For a special sampling of October’s Martha Graham’s Celebration, please drop in for an informal performance by students in this summer’s Guest Artist Master Workshop with Virginie Mecene and Kevin Predmore.
Over 40 students participated in an accelerated, in depth study of the Graham Technique and Repertory under the direction of our artists in residence from NYC, Virginie Mecene and Kevin Predmore, both of whom have notable credits as principal dancers with the Buglisi Dance Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company. 
Some Highlights of Saturday’s 4PM Preview Performance

  • Kanopy Dance Company and Kanopy2 dancers will perform Martha Graham’s “Celebration” as a preview rehearsal and part of their intensive preparation for Kanopy’s October 19-21 season opener at the Overture Center, Celebrations!.
  • Workshop students will show excerpts from Graham dance technique class, and composition studies 
  • Our artists in residence, Virginie and Kevin will talk about Martha’s seminal “Celebration” and more…


Kanopy Company 2 performs at Art Fair on the Square

Enjoy Beautiful Madison… ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE… and dance!

Sunday July 15, 2018


Kanopy Dance & Friends: Kanopy Company 2, Kanopy Ensemble, Sadira Dance, and Heidi Hakseth & Dancers.

Across from The Children’s Museum at the Capitol. NORTH HAMILTON/Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Performing Arts Stage

Join Kanopy Company 2 performing dances by local and regional choreographers, including their own choreography. Kanopy Ensemble, Sadira Dance and Heidi Hakseth & Dancers will also perform. Free.

Guest Artist Master Workshop: Martha Graham Technique & Repertory with Virginie Mécène and Kevin Predmore

Intermediate/Advanced Dancers, Ages 12-Adult

August 6-August 11, 2018

Kanopy Studio, 341 State St, Madison WI 53703

$450/1 week, Mon-Sat


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