Did you make your way to Door County this July for the return of Death's Door Dance Festival? Tell us a little about you...this FREE public event could use some support- the more we know about you, the more likely the tradition will continue! We hope you enjoyed the 2023 Death's Door Dance Festival...see you next July!
“Like a fierce squall that blurs the line between sea and sky, the potent legacy of Death’s Door obscures the line between fact and fancy.” -Conan Bryant Eaton, Death’s Door: The pursuit of a legend
Weight of Skin Choreography: Janet Lilly Performance: Kelly Anderson Music: John Tavener; Poetry: Susan Firer; Sound Design: Dan Gnader & Janet Lilly Program Note: The Weight of Skin was commissioned by Kelly Anderson and has been performed nationally at venues in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City. Set to the poetry of former Milwaukee Poet Laureate, Susan Firer, the work celebrates her evocative imagery and Kelly's nuanced performance.
strange but familiar (2019) Choreography: Li Chiao-Ping/Li Chiao-Ping Dance Performance by: Katelyn Altmann and Elisa Hildner Music: Iwakichi, Yann Tiersen; Talking About Music Videos, Marissa Nadler; Emptiness, Alex Mason; In a Rumenisher Shenk, traditional; and Denmark, Portland Cello Project; edited by Li Chiao-Ping
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Obscured Graphite Choreography & Performance: Emma Draves Music: Bob Garrett
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Teentaal - A 16 beat rhythm Choreography: Guru Hari and Chetna Performance: Cyenthia Vijayakumar
Program Note: This is a technical piece that focuses on rhythmic footwork, graceful movements, elegant stances and swift pirouettes.
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Set Choreography: Wild Space Dance Company Performance by: Katelyn Altmann, Ashley Ray Garcia, Gina Laurenzi
Program Note: "Set" was devised using simple games and playful strategies to instigate the choreography and small improvisational matches within. Performed in silence, the musicality of the actions is allowed to pace the dance as a visual melody.
Perfect Storm Performance: Sixto Franco and Rachel Slater Music: Perfect Storm performed by Sixto Franco, composed by Shulamit Ran
Program Note: Rachel Slater and Sixto Franco team up to bring to life "Perfect Storm", a collaboration that finds links between live music, dance, space and story telling. Emanating from diverse sources of inspiration, both the music and the choreography intentionally draw elements from other artists and use them as seedlings for this project, drawing together in a perfect happenstance to create an unexpected whirlwind. This allows to create an artistic thread that can potentially connect many other artists through separate creative processes. "Perfect Storm" is colorful, thought-provoking, gentle and vicious at times, with an unresolved characteristic that is reminiscent of life-altering journeys. We ask: How did we get here? Where do we go next?
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Panorama Choreography & Performance: Nekea Leon Music: Tim Rush and The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Pan Orchestra Program Note: This is a resetting of a piece I created for Danceworks Performance Company. It originally had 11 dancers and a live steel pan drum ensemble.
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Material (work-in-progress) Choreography: Gerald Casel Performance: Gerald Casel and Tim Russell Music: Sound design performed live by Tim Russell
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Descalsa (barefoot) Choreography & Performance: Simone Ferro Music: Sivuca Program Note: This project was made possible with the support by Cisne Negro Cia de Dança and UW-Milwaukee Department of Dance who provided space for development and rehearsal. Bows of gratitude also to Meredith W. Watts and Debra Loewen for their invaluable feedback.
It’s Hot. Not Cool. Choreography: Kelly Anderson Performance: Cheryl Cornacchione, Danielle Gilmore, Michael O’Neill, and Stacy DeMorrow Music: Vermillion Lies
Program Note: This is an excerpt from the evening-length work: VAUDEVILLE! It’s Hot. Not Cool. is a tribute to satire and a hopeful invitation for us to finally give a shit.
“Ellas y Yo Mexicanas: Frida” Choreography: Silvita Diaz Brown Performace by: Ileana Nadine Mauricio, Juan Enrique Irizarry and Silvita Diaz Brown Original Music by: Chromabeats Costumes: Elizabeth Collins and Silvita
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Off balance Choreography: Rachel Molinaro Performance: Rachel Molinaro and Maria Theodore Music: “Joro Boro” by Balkan Beat Box
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Marginal Choreography: Arinze Okammor / Water Street Dance Milwaukee Performance by: Morgan Williams, Allison Slamann, Freddy Aguirre, Teresa Noonan, Morgan Pinkham, Karsyn Schrag, Pierce Pennington, Dani Rink Music: Arinze Okammor
Support the artists: Donate HERE Layla Choreoraphy & Performance: Andria Nikoupolis Weliky Music: Shahryar Layla Mix by Al Conti Album Scheherazade 2008 & Mogador Band
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On the Edge of the Fault Line-Excerpt Choreography: Michael Estanich/RE|dance group Performance: Cheryl Cornacchione, Stacy DeMorrow and Lucy Vurusic-Riner Music: One Fine Morning by Bill Callahan and Chaconne in G by Moondog
Program Note: This is an excerpt from Michael Estanich's 30 minute piece that examines the precarious connection between past and future, memory and imagination, and reality and possibility. This work furthers Estanich's fascination with place, how we construct a sense of home, and metaphysical possibilities of relying on, defining, and choosing our present.
Rhapsody Choreography: Frederick Ashton - Restaged for Milwaukee Ballet by Calvin Hilpert, Mireille Favarel and dancers Performance: Jacqueline Bertault and Logan O’Neal Music: M Sergei Rachmaninov (Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, opus 43, 1934)
Herencias (Heirlooms) Choreography & Performance by: Kerensa DeMars Music: 'Gelem-Gelem' vocals Esperanza Fernández, piano David Peña Dorantes
Program Note: In ‘Herencias’ the dancer recalls the stories of displacement and genocide told by her Romani grandmother and sets out to weave the broken threads of this painful and secretive past into a bold and promising future. The accompaniment is the unofficial Romani anthem ‘Gelem-Gelem’ performed by Flamenco artists. The lyrics bear a message of hope for future generations while acknowledging the atrocities committed against the Roma.
Program Note: Special thanks to Dance Center Evanston
Los de que me acuerdo Choreography & Performance: Maria Gillespie Music: Music: "Tango Negro" sang by Chole Gillespie, "Fallaste Corazón" by Cuco Sánchez, Sound Design: Maria Gillespie. Program Note: This work explores embodied memory and ancestral knowledge as translation practice to enliven kineticism as a kind of pre and post lingual resource. It honors my grandmother Chole's imprint and traces the erasure and restoration of my Chicanx lineage. This solo developed out of the larger performance installation work, 'to get there from here' made with collaborators Kevin Williamson and Nguyễn Nguyên. Their voices are in here too.
Synapse Choreography: Visceral Dance Chicago Performance by: Braeden Barnes, Meredith Harrill, Michelle Meltzer, Morgan Williams Music: Darryl Hoffman