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Vis-á-Vis: A concert of dance and community

March 17, 2011

This spring, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Dance Department‘s “Vis-á-Vis” will premiere three nights of dance works informed and inspired by visual art, artists, postmodern dance choreography and martial arts.

Infused with an eclectic sense of community, embodied in the works both intrinsically and explored in the works through dance collaborations with Jazz Works, Madison Ballet and the Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association, “Vis-á-Vis” interprets the meaning of community broadly and deeply through dance.

The concert runs April 14-16 at 8 p.m. each night in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Ave.

Among the seven dance works slated for the stage, Chicago guest artist-in-residence Carrie Hanson of The Seldoms will premiere a new piece titled “Likeness” inspired by the work — particularly the portraiture — of artist Jim Nutt, one of the founding members of the Hairy Who, a group of Chicago surrealist artists in the 1960s. New choreography will be presented by faculty artists, including Li Chiao-Ping, Kate Corby, Chris Walker, Colette Stewart, Maureen Janson Heintz and Jin-Wen Yu.

Sid Smith of the Chicago Tribune calls Hanson’s work “just plain terrific, a smart, tireless tour de force both thoughtful and entertaining.”

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors. On Thursday only, student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Campus Arts ticketing box office,; by phone, 608-265-ARTS (265-2787); or in person at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office, 800 Langdon St. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door at Lathrop Hall beginning one hour before each performance. Seating is reserved.

There will be a post-performance reception on Friday, April 15, with the artists, students and staff in the Virginia Harrison Parlor in Lathrop Hall. Refreshments will be served.

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