Master Class in Sokolow Modern Dance Technique with Guest Artist Samantha Geracht, Artistic Director of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, NYC

Intermediate/Advanced Dancers, Ages 11-Adult
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kanopy Dance Studio, 341 State Street

Anna Sokolow’s unique approach to dance  demands a careful balance of movement, musicality, and drama, provides the framework for her determined quest for truth in artistry.  This technique class will give students an introduction to the principles and methodology required to perform Anna Sokolow’s works. 

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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.

Informal Showing Martha Graham Workshop

Join us for an informal showing with Guest Artists, former Martha Graham Principal Dancers,  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

Saturday Aug 5, 2017
Kanopy Studio
341 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
free event

JOIN us for a special showing and preview of Sandra Kaufmann’s “A People’s Cry” to be performed in Kanopy Dance Company’s “Dark Tales” concert in its Season 2017-18 at the Overture Center for the Arts. Learn about the importance of Martha Graham in American Modern Dance, her artistry and technique. See the Kanopy Dance Company Dancers, Kanopy2 and workshop students presenting excerpts from Graham works and Graham dance technique, and a work in progress ‘Etude’ by Miki Orihara.


Guest Artists

Miki Orihara is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987. In addition to performing the Graham repertory, she has worked closely with the renowned Japanese-American dancer, choreographer and director, Yuriko, preserving her unique approach to Graham Technique.

Orihara has performed in the Broadway production of The King and I, with the Elisa Monte, Dance Troupe, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus, Twyla Tharp, Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart (SITI Company),Theatre of Yugen(SF,CA) and Robert Wilson. She has presented her own choreography in New York and in Tokyo as a guest artist for Japan’s New National Theater.

Her teaching credentials include numerous workshops in Japan, Art International in Moscow, Peridance, the Ailey School, New York University, Florida State University, Henny Jurriëns Stichting( Netherlands), Les Etés de la Danse in Paris and New National Theater Ballet School. She is on a faculty at the Graham School, The Hartt School ( University of Hartford) and Barnard College (Columbia University). As a Regissuer on Martha Graham’s work, she has been setting works worldwide, including Diana Vashineva’s “Dialogue” and for Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet.

mishmash*Miki Orihara launched in 2013, as a Casting Producer / Dance Director, created two music videos which released in June, 2014. Orihara served as a Movement designer for Jen Silverman’s “Crane Story” directed by Katherine Kovner. Orihara is in process of making Martha Graham technique DVD, collaboration with Dance Spotlight and Martha Graham Center. Orihara was featured for the Inaugural performance of “Peace is…” at the United Nations as a part of the Permanent Mission of Japan in April, 2017.  She produced a benefit concert ” Dancing for JAPAN 2014″ and “Dancing for JAPAN 2017”. She produced the first solo concert “Resonance” at the La MaMa theater in New York in May, 2014, danced works of Graham, Jose Limon, Martha Clarke, Adam Barruch and Orihara. The second “Resonance II” premiered NY in April 2017, works by Graham, Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Tanroh Ishida/ Orihara and Charlotte Griffin.

In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance.


Sandra Kaufmann, Dancer and Choreographer is the founding director of the dance program at Loyola University. Sandra danced in NYC for the Martha Graham Dance Company and served as Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Ensemble. She has also performed for many years with Pearl Lang and Richard Move. As a choreographer, Ms. Kaufmann has created works for concert dance, musical theatre productions, opera, video and site specific works. She has been honored with awards from Dance Magazine Foundation,Tidmarsh Arts Foundation, The American College Dance Festival, Bossak/Heilbrun Foundation and Sloan Science & Dance Technology Commission. Sandra has created many works based on visual artworks as well as science. With Michael Bassett and Brian Green, Sandra was the keynote speaker for Art/Science International’s Annual Conference at the Museum of Natural History in New York in 2001. Sandra’s latest work, Blue Window, is an adaption for the stage of Chagall’s stained glass masterpiece. Ms. Kaufmann graduated summa cum laude from the College of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where she gave the commencement address for both colleges. Sandra received talented student scholarships from Northern Illinois University and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and serves on the board of the Doris Humphrey Society. Ms. Kaufmann currently works as an independent choreographer and a regisseur who restages the works of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey; and, a dancer with MOMENTA Dance Company. Sandra has served on the faculty of Barnard College, New York University and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. In Chicago she has taught at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, University of Chicago, The Academy of Movement and Music and Loyola University Chicago.