The UW-Madison Dance Department celebrates with a five-day festival that includes six alumni concerts (totaling 35 different dance works), 20 master classes in a variety of movement techniques, eight panels/presentations, an IATECH gallery exhibit at the School of Education building, “Dance on Screen” screening at the Chazen, and a lecture, “Recovering the Body: Margaret H’Doubler at UW Madison” by renowned dance scholar Janice Ross. Margaret H’Doubler was a dance trailblazer and instrumental in establishing UW as the first university dance degree program back in 1926. Since then, the program continued to draw innovative faculty and top-notch students. Each day of the celebration culminates in an alumni dance concert at the Lathrop Hall performance space named after H’Doubler. The events are free and open to the public; for the complete schedule, visit dance.wisc.edu.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017: 8:50-am-3:40 pm Master Classes; PANEL: Dance & Technology; 6:00-7:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance & Community, Alumni Concert I; 7:30 p.m. RECEPTION: Honoring UW-Madison’s Dance Educators
Thursday, April 27, 2017: 8:50 am-3:30 pm: Master Classes; PANEL: Dance as Healing, Dance Medicine2:25-3:15 p.m.; 8:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance As Art, Alumni Concert II
Friday, April 28, 2017: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Master Classe; 9:30-10:45 a.m. PANEL: Dance as Education (Pre-K-12 & Studio Teaching); 11:00-12:40 p.m. PANEL: Margaret H’Doubler; 12:45-1:15 p.m. Meet & Greet Brown Bag Lunch with Dance Faculty & Staff; 1:30-3:00 p.m. Dance on Screen at the Chazen; 3:30-4:30 p.m. LECTURE: Janice Ross "Recovering the Body: Margaret H'Doubler at UW-Madison"; 5:00 p.m. Opening Remarks, Director of the Arts Institute, John Baldacchino, SOE Commons; 5:15 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception, SOE Commons; 5:30 p.m. SOE Gallery Opening, IATech Exhibit; 8:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance As Art, Alumni Concert III
Saturday, April 29, 2017: 9:00 a.m., 1 pm, 2:30 pm Master Classes; 10:15-11:30 a.m. PANEL: Dance as Education (Higher Ed); 11:45-1:00 p.m. Alumni Luncheon; 1:15-2:20 p.m. FORUM: A Discussion on Dance as Education in the 21st Century; 4:00-5:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Alumni Works Concer; t5:15-6:15 p.m. Student Presentations: Senior Honors Projects; 8:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance As Art, Alumni Concert IV
Sunday, April 30, 2017: 11:00-12:00 p.m. TALK: Dance/Movement Therapy and UW-Madison Dance; 1:20-3:30 p.m. PANEL: Dance as History; 2:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance as Art, Alumni Concert V; 4:00-5:30 p.m. Closing Reception
Dance scholar Janice Ross, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University will give a Friday Forum talk "Recovering the Body: Margaret H'Doubler at UW-Madison" on Friday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Ross is the author of four books including “Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance” and “Moving Lessons: The Beginning of Dance in American Education” which gives a detailed account on the origins and influence of dance in American universities, focusing on Margaret H'Doubler. Janice Ross is former director of the Dance Division, has a BA with Honors from UC Berkeley and MA and PhD degrees from Stanford. She teaches classes in Dance Studies, Dance History, Dance in Prison and Dance and Conflict. Her lecture is supported in part by the University Lectures Committee and co-sponsored by the Dance Department Student Organization and the School of Music.
The Alumni Concerts, which will be held in the state-of-the-art Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, focus on the rich legacy of the past while dynamically looking to the future. Thirty-five dance works, each with distinct choreographic identities, will be performed over the course of five days. Anna Halprin's seminal work "Circle the Earth," which was staged for the Dance Department by guest artist Jamie McHugh (Halprin's protégé), will open the concert series on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Halprin (BS ’42) is one of the department’s most notable alumna. Her life and work was celebrated in Fall 2016 as part of the year long 90th anniversary celebration. Also included among the works is a large dance project focusing on Margaret H'Doubler, organized and supported by Li Chiao-Ping through a grant from the Virginia Horne Henry Fund. Professor Li is collaborating with 16 alumni choreographers and Dance Department faculty and staff to celebrate H'Doubler's dance legacy - of learning through doing while embracing creative experience.
IATECH Gallery Exhibit A cross-section of University of Wisconsin InterArts and Technology (IATECH) alumni from multiple generations of the program will present an exhibition titled "Bodies in Space: between dance, art & technology,” organized by Andrew Dayton (BS, 2006), in the School of Education Gallery, 1000 Bascom Mall, Education Bldg. The exhibit will officially open Friday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. and will run through May 31, 2017.
Dance on Screen: A special screening will take place at the Chazen Museum Friday, April 28 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. featuring screen works by Jason Bahling, Rosamaria Cisneros-Kostic, Michael Eckblad, Nora Stephens and Lise Friedman.
More Information The 90th Anniversary Festival will take place April 26-30, 2017 in historic Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue. Events are free and open to the public.