Kanopy Works performed by Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble NYC

Kanopy Works On Stage in NYC!
Robert Cleary’s iconic  “This is Not America”
to be performed in
New York City by the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble
at The Mark O’Donnell Theater in The Actors Fund Arts Center,
March 21-24, 2019
Kanopy’s co-artistic director, Robert Cleary, says he is “honored to have Sokolow perform ‘This is Not America’ in its spring production of I’m not here to be polite… because Sokolow’s excellence in honest theatricality and dance aligns with my aesthetics and choreography.” Cleary’s “This Is Not America”, choreographed some 18 years ago and uncannily timely—brings to the surface issues and questions we continue to face in our society. It is meant to have the observer take pause, reflect and bring some light into the shadows.

Samantha Geracht, artistic director of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, first saw “This is Not America” as part of Kanopy’s Beautiful Isolation concert in November of 2017 at the Overture Center. (Ms. Geracht was the guest artist for that concert) Since that time, she has wanted Sokolow to stage “This is Not America” in New York City because the work is so in sync with Sokolow’s artistic mission — intense, evocative, dramatic– as well as political at times— and Ms. Geracht knew that the Sokolow dancers would perform the choreography beautifully.
In addition to Cleary’s “This is Not America”, Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble’s I’m not here to be polite… will feature a reconstruction of Sokolow’s 1973 work, “Three Poems,” “Steps of Silence, “The Desperate Heart” by Valerie Bettis, and “Sleeping Bouquet” by Jim May.
For an in- depth interview with Robert Cleary about his collaboration with Sokolow, his career trajectory in dance and what informs and inspires his choreography, please visit Sokolow dance at https://sokolowtheatredance.org/fly-close-to-the-sun/. If you would like more information about I’m not here to be polite…and tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4091306 


Kanopy Dance Company’s upcoming SEASON of performances

 Tickets On Sale Now

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

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 a four member 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!

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


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



Enroll in dance classes at Kanopy Dance!

Join us! Whether you are new to dance, or a seasoned dancer… we have classes for you! Modern, Ballet, Choreography and more…..ages 3-adult – beginner through Professional. Get ready, get excited!










Register Now ! Ages 3-Adult All levels. Late Winter TERM 4

Advanced and intermediate students: Intensify your training, work with world renown master teachers in master workshops,  have a great time doing it!

Beginning and intermediate students:
Have a great time learning, creating, and working hard. Experience new ways of moving, improve your skills, deepen friendships and make new ones!

Beginning adult and teen students:
Have you always wanted to try dance classes? Join us!

Want to choreograph? Work together?
Adult Ensemble is a choreography & performance group for mixed levels.

Want to join Kanopy Company 2?
For advanced pre-professional students ages 15-26 who desire rigorous training and performance. By permission.

Classes Ages 3-Adult, Beginner through Professional
Register Online at:  www.kanopydance.org
[email protected]
Classes begin Sept 4, register anytime.

School Year:
Sept 4, 2018-May 19, 2019.

All School Showcase:
Sunday May 19, 2019, 1-5pm, Overture Center

Level 1: ages 3-4, Beginning: Creative Modern/Ballet.
Level 1: ages 5-6, Beginning: Creative Modern/Ballet.
Level 2: ages 6-8,  Beginning/Cont: Creative Modern/Ballet.
Level 3: ages 8+, Advanced Beginning: Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Improvisation.
Level 4: ages 11+, Intermediate: Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Choreography, Improvisation.
Level 5: ages 12+, Advanced Intermediate: Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Choreography, Improvisation.
Level 6: ages 14+, Advanced: Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Choreography, Improvisation.

Adult Students: Beginning through Advanced classes in Modern and Ballet. Register for School Year, per term, class card, or drop in.

Kanopy Company 2: is a pre professional company and training program for advanced dancers ages 15-26 including intensive training, rehearsing, performing and choreography. Ask to audition/by permission.

Adult Ensemble: is a choreography and performance group. Adult students of mixed levels and ages develop their technique in their modern and ballet classes, while developing skills in choreography and performance Ensemble class.

http://kanopydance.org/school-year/ Questions? E-mail us at  [email protected] or call the studio at  608 255-2211. We are located downtown on State Street near Overture Center: 341 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 




Master Class in Ballet with Juan Carlos Díaz Vélez

Master Artist and Principal Dancer, Kanopy Dance Company

Intermediate/Advanced Dancers, Ages 12-Adult

Thursday, February 7, 2019

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Kanopy Studio, 341 State St, Madison WI 53703



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