Join us for an informal showing with Guest Artists from Sokolow Dance Theater Ensemble, NYC, 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 July 29, 2017
341 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
JOIN us for a special showing and preview of Anna Sokolow’s masterwork “Lyric Suite” to be performed in Kanopy Dance Company’s “Beautiful Isolation” concert in its Season 2017-18 at the Overture Center for the Arts. Learn about the importance of Anna Sokolow in American Modern Dance, her artistry and technique. See the Kanopy Dance Company Dancers, Kanopy2 and workshop students presenting Sokolow’s works and dance technique.
Jim May, Director Emeritus and founder of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, original member of Anna Sokolow’s Players Project, and former Principal Dancer in the Jose Limon Dance Company.
Samantha Geracht Artistic Director of Anna Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, member of Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project for eleven years, and when the name changed, became a founding member of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble.
ANNA SOKOLOW (1910-2000). Known as one of the most dynamic and uncompromising of choreographers, Ms. Sokolow began her career as a dancer with Martha Graham. In the early thirties, she studied choreography with Louis Horst at the Neighborhood Playhouse and quickly became his assistant and most outstanding composition student. The work of Ms. Sokolow has had and continues to have a profound effect on the course of contemporary dance throughout the world. She founded the first modern dance companies in Israel and Mexico and influenced such artists as Alvin Ailey, Pina Bausch, and Martha Clark. Ms. Sokolow also made important contributions to the theater. Her choreography for the Broadway stage included Street Scene (1947), Regina (1949), and Candide (with Leonard Bernstein, 1956); in 1967 she created the original dances for the off-Broadway production of Hair. She was a founding member of The Actors Studio, where she taught movement for actors. As a teacher of dance, Ms. Sokolow covered much ground, from the Juilliard School (prominently featured in a 2002 documentary) and the 92nd Street Y in New York City to the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Anna Sokolow created a body of work that combines dance and music with theater, poetry and prose. Called the “Solzhenitsyn of twentieth-century dance,” she consistently and uncompromisingly reflected the realities of society through her work.