"armature: Bodies of Hope," 7:30 pm on 3/26-27 and 2:30 & 7:30 pm, 3/28, UW Memorial Union-Fredric March Play Circle. $16. www.lcpdance.org. 608-265-2787
Li Chiao-Ping's armature: Bodies of Hope Celebrates Dance Company's 20th Anniversary
From March 26 - 28, 2015, Li Chiao-Ping Dance will perform armature: Bodies of Hope at the beautifully renovated Fredric March Play Circle Theater in UW-Madison's Memorial Union, located at 800 Langdon St, Madison, Wisc. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, the 26th and 27th, and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th.
Choreographer and Artistic Director Li Chiao-Ping's armature: Bodies of Hope kicks off Li Chiao-Ping Dance's year-long celebration of the 20 years of performances the company has had in Dane Coty.
In acknowledgement of those 20 years, this concert will feature distinctive, elegant and evocative works - an assemblage of works, both old and new - choreographed by Li, some of which will carry an emotional weight for LCPD's choreographer and her husband. "It is very special for me to be able to revisit a major work of mine like 'Venous Flow: States of Grace,'" said Li, "which was our first full-length production after Douglas and my nearly fatal auto accident."
Dance Magazine wrote in a review of "Venous Flow: States of Grace," that it was "...one of those rare performances that managed to be highly emotional while stripped of sentimentalism, profoundly personal while never self-indulgent."
Company principal dancer "Rachel Krinsky will also be reprising the first solo I created for myself post-accident," Li said. The solo, "Grafting," was originally commissioned by Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC. "[Rachel] is very powerful in this solo," Li said.
The new piece Li has choreographed for the program, "Bodies of Hope," "encompasses a series of dances, wherein the dancers, community performers and I have explored ideas of change or transformation, resilience and hope," Li said.
In contrast with Rise Over Run, last spring's production, armature: Bodies of Hope, will take place in a theater -a more traditional performance space. But don't be fooled by the venue. True to form, Li Chiao-Ping Dance's spring production will push the envelope of contemporary, postmodern dance.
LCPD, through their outreach program for youth (Dance for Young Audiences), will be holding a free performance of armature: Bodies of Hope for local school-aged students and their teachers to attend on Friday, March 27th at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets are $12 for kids, students and seniors and $16 for adults. They are available online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/UWIM/?prod=UWCA, over the phone at 608-265-ARTS and at the Memorial Union box office, located at 800 Langdon St.
For more information, visit www.lcpdance.org or LCPD's Facebook page.
About Li Chiao-Ping
Li Chiao-Ping has created, produced and performed over 130 works for the stage and screen. She has received recognition for her solo work, such as "Yellow River" and "Entombed Warrior," and also for her solo performance projects "The Men's Project" and "Women Dancing," with choreography by Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Daniel Nagrin, Gus Solomons jr., Mel Wong, Cynthia Adams, Molissa Fenley, Heidi Latsky, Victoria Marks, Bebe Miller, Elizabeth Streb, and June Watanabe. Named by Dance Magazine as one of the "25 to watch," Li's choreography has been shown throughout the world and prominent festivals: Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, The Yard, International Festival of Video and Dance (Argentina), and American Dance Festival. She has received grants from the NEA and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. "Seven Solos: A Documentary," directed by Douglas Rosenberg and made about her "Women Dancing" solo project, premiered in the 2012 Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York and had its Wisconsin premiere as part of the Wisconsin Film Festival. Her screen-dance work "daughter," which she directed and choreographed, was named one of the "Best of the Fest" films by the 2012 Oklahoma Film Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was recently selected to be on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and honored to be named one of the UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award recipients of 2013.
About Li Chiao-Ping Dance
Li Chiao-Ping Dance (LCPD) was founded in 1990. As a resident company at the Overture Center for the Arts, LCPD produces two to three major performances each year. The company is dedicated to the idea of "dancing through life," and offers workshops and touring programs throughout North America and abroad, providing educational opportunities for aspiring dance professionals as well as students in grades K-12 (Dance for Young Audiences) and adult learners. Reflecting and supporting the artistic vision of Li Chiao-Ping and promoting tolerance and respect through our work, LCPD pushes the edges of contemporary dance while producing and presenting highly original performance works.