Be sure to pack your pop-up chairs, picnic blankets, and coolers to enjoy the performance!
Rain Date/Location- Saturday, July 29th @7pm Björklunden 7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Andria Nikoupolis Weliky,"The Cosmic-tologist," brings a lifetime of dance with over 35 years of instruction and 20 years as a cosmetologist to her work as a movement and holistic beauty practitioner. She is a student of the stars- mythos, psyche and cosmology, a practicing astrologer, sacred astronomer, and budding herbalist. She is continually inspired by nature and celebrates that through connection, balance, and oneness, we can all strive to practice and incorporate it everyday. Working with and co-creating these elements is something Andria celebrates with her client work and artistry- holding in high regard, honor and respect for those she works with for herself and for our precious planet.
Chloe Grace Michels & Enid Smith first danced together with Same Planet Performance Project in Chicago. They performed a work by Joanna Read in the inaugural year of Death’s Door Dance Festival and are back for year two with their own choreography. Chloe graduated with a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. She has worked with choreographers Timothy Buckley, Margi Cole, Paige Cunningham, Fred Darsow, Emma Draves, Hannah Santistevan, and Emily Stein. Enid is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In NYC, she performed with Ivy Baldwin Dance, The Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC cosmetics. In Chicago, Enid has worked with Khecari, and Lucky Plush Productions.
Kelly Anderson is the Founder/Director of the Death’s Door Dance Festival and is the Artistic Director of the Chicago-based, Door County-lead performance company Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre- a dance company inspired by humor, theater and pop culture. KADT creates relatable work driven by complicated topics. By “seamlessly weaving movement and dialogue," Anderson's evening works strive to bridge the gap between artist and non-artist through comedy “filtered perfectly throughout a series of serious moments.” Anderson's work Skits & Pieces was presented in the LookOut Series at Steppenwolf Theater, her work THE END IS HERE and that's ok. appeared in the 40th Anniversary Season of Links Hall Chicago, and she was awarded a 2019-2020 Links Hall CoMISSION Summer Residency. Theater collaborations include two devised theater works with Writer/Director Olivia Lilley- In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleonora Duse Story & the development of Diary of an Erotic Life, a dance/theater/opera with Milwaukee Opera Theatre- 26, Wrinkle in Time with Director Mark Metcalf at First Stage, and Gal Friday Films' Missed Connections. Anderson's choreography has been performed and commissioned throughout the Chicago area, NYC, Milwaukee, Detroit, Minneapolis and Portland, OR. “A master of comedic timing… Anderson proves that dance doesn’t have to be dead serious.” *Credits- Lauren Warnecke (Chicago Magazine) and Kristin Vasilakos (Performance Response Journal).
Kerensa DeMars is a choreographer, performer and educator working in Flamenco. Her work explores the ‘Flamenca’ archetype, the diverse roots of Flamenco and the poetry at the heart of the form. Elements of digital collage, poetry and cross disciplinary musical collaborations feature prominently in her productions. Kerensa has performed internationally at venues like the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Tivoli in Barcelona, Madrid's Teatro Calderón and the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The founding director of the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company, Kerensa lived in Spain from 1997-2004 where she trained intensively in Flamenco dance with Spain’s foremost artists. Kerensa is the recipient of major choreography commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Theatre Bay Area/Dancer's Group, the Azahar Dance Foundation and the Teatro Pradillo of Madrid. Her recent work Volver paired the poetry of Cecilia Woloch, Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen with traditional Flamenco and interpretations by Palestinian musicians. Kerensa is currently the director of Studio K Flamenco, Milwaukee’s home for the Flamenco arts. With programs like the annual Flamenco Nutcracker, the Compás Youth Project and the FlamencoMKE performance series, Studio K is committed to furthering the art of Flamenco in Milwaukee and beyond.
Maria Gillespie (she/they) is a choreographer, performer, dance and somatic educator. She directs MG/The Collaboratory and Hyperlocal MKE, both dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration and improvised performance practice. She directed LA-based Oni Dance (2003-2015) and was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch". Her work has been presented at The Ford Amphitheatre, The Getty Museum, REDCAT, Cal Arts, Highways Performance Space, Joyce SoHo, CounterPULSE, Guangdong and Beijing Dance Festivals. She received her BFA from Purchase College and MFA in Dance from UCLA. She is a CLMA Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Pilates teacher, and Associate Professor of Dance at UW-Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Ballet was founded in 1970. Led by Artistic Director Michael Pink, Milwaukee Ballet creates a rich and diverse community through its inspiring dance performance, education, and outreach. Milwaukee Ballet hosts an international Company of dancers and maintains its own orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, teaching beginner through pre-professional levels in three locations: Third Ward, Fox Point, and Brookfield. Milwaukee Ballet’s award-winning Community Engagement department serves thousands of people in Southeastern Wisconsin each year through original, interactive programs.
Danielle Gilmore and Melissa Pillarella are Chicago-based artists, trained and mentored under the direction of Shirley Mordine since 2011. Gilmore is originally from Yuma, AZ, where she attended the University of Arizona to receive her BFA. Pillarella, originally from Chicago, received her BFA from the University of Illinois. Gilmore and Pillarella have performed at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College, Smart Museum, and Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival with Mordine and Company. As part of The Mordine Legacy Project they are working to preserve the performance and repertoire of Shirley Mordine and Mordine and Company Dance Theater. Gilmore and Pillarella first premiered choreography in 2018 and have continued to create separately and collaboratively.
Rachel Molinaro (she/her) has been active in the Chicago arts community as a performer, choreographer, administrator and educator for nearly 10 years. After receiving her dual degrees in dance and international studies from Northwestern University, Rachel has danced professionally with companies such as Project Bound Dance, Striding Lion Performance Group, Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre, Mish Mash Productions, enidsmithdance, and The Leopold Group. Rachel currently creates her own work as an independent artist. Rachel recently joined the Senn Arts High School staff as their Fine & Performing Arts Program Coordinator, is the Artistic Director of the youth dance company ede2, and she sits on the board of directors for Project Bound Dance. Rachel Molinaro has been active in the Chicago arts community as a performer, choreographer, administrator, and educator for nearly 10 years. Rachel has led a variety of arts schools in program development and outreach, including acting as Dance Program Director at Music House School of the Performing Arts and was the founding manager of Dovetail Studios, where she has led dance and fitness classes.
Creative partners, Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich, established RE|dance Group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations and present dance theatre works that examine the many facets of human relationships. Executive Director, Lucy Riner, is a Chicago based dance artist and teacher. Artistic Director, Michael Estanich, lives in Stevens Point- at the University of Wisconsin as an associate professor of dance. Their creative process embodies rich emotional content and dramatic imagery through the layering of music, text and sculpture. They seek to establish physical memories that enrich their dancing and the relationships created in their works.
Silvita Diaz Brown is a Mexican/American choreographer, dancer, yoga instructor and director of Sildance/AcroDanza. Based in Chicago since 2008, She holds a BFA in Dance from Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico and an MFA in Theater/Choreography from York University, Canada. In Chicago, her work has been presented/supported by several venues and organizations across the city. In 2019, she was awarded The Individual Artists Grant and The Links Hall Artists CO-MISSION FELLOWSHIP for her project Leyendas y Realidades that was also part of 2020 American Dance Abroad Pitchbook. Silvita has been nominated twice for 3ARTS award in Dance (2020/2021). In 2021, She won a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Digital Dance Grant for her dance-film Visita a Nuestros Muertos. Silvita was selected for a Ragdale Residency in 2022 and in 2023 she received a Chicago Cultural Center Dance Residency to continue developing her work Ellas y Yo Mexicanas. For the last 15 years, her work has been presented at venues/festivals in Spain, India, Mexico, Canada, and the USA and this summer it will travel to Cuba. Her work interlaces dance, acroyoga, sound, video and spoken word. She uses her art to celebrate her Mexican heritage and to awaken insights about gender equality and female empowerment. Her goal is to discover and articulate deep strengths and insights that inspire audiences to feel empowered in their identities and futures.
Visceral Dance Chicago has been engaging and connecting our artists with audiences since 2013. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Visceral Dance is a national and internationally recognized driving force in contemporary dance founded and led by Artistic Director, Nick Pupillo. This company exemplifies his daring vision to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement and present the best of emerging, established, and innovative choreographers. The company is recognized for its exceptional technicality, diversity, versatility, and daring athleticism. Visceral Dance has been praised for its accessibility in programming by presenting dynamic performances that appeal to a wide range of audiences. In Chicago, Visceral Dance performs over 25 times a year and provides educational programming - expanding their reach while ensuring dance and art is accessible to all communities.
Water Street Dance Milwaukee is a multifaceted dance company exploring diversity in our art, artists, and audiences. Water Street features athletic, innovative, and entertaining performances, for all to enjoy! As Milwaukee’s premiere repertory dance company, we aim to constantly push the boundaries of contemporary art. In 2019, Water Street Dance Milwaukee was named Overture Center Rising Stars Winner recognizing the company’s talent and potential on a national level.