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Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM , , , Isthmus Cover Stories

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James Gill

“Production camp” for UW-Madison’s swing choir involves 12- and 14-hour days of grueling rehearsal for 18 days straight. The hard work will make every move look effortless for the group’s 50th anniversary show. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

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Justin Sprecher

Shruti Parthasarathy’s parents introduced her to classical Indian dance when she was 5 as a way to connect her to the culture of the country they left behind. Nearly a decade later, she’s one of the top dancers in the nation. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

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Darren Lee

After being rocked by financial woes, Madison Ballet has regrouped and is enjoying experimentation and intimacy at the Bartell Theatre. The season closer, “Primavera,” opens March 31. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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Andy Manis

The Chicago-based contemporary dance troupe the Seldoms packed the Fredric March Play Circle for two performances of “Power Goes,” an exploration of the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

Although it didn’t pack the Capitol Theater, on Jan. 10, the audience witnessed a powerful performance from five extraordinary dancers at “Citizen,” choreographed by Milwaukee native Reggie Wilson. more

Jan 11, 2017 3:57 PM Stage 1 Comments

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance opens the season with “Weight of Things” a powerful and sometimes heavy-handed look at sexism, nationalism and our threatened planet. more

Nov 18, 2016 4:39 PM Stage

Post-election reflection is inspired by Kanopy Dance Company's concert of solemn modern dance works. more

Nov 12, 2016 11:15 AM Stage

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Beth Skogen

The list of choreographers for Liz Sexe’s “TWO: exploring duos” is a who’s who of Madison’s female choreographers. The show plays Oct. 15 at Madison Circus Space. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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James Pederson

Madison’s burlesque scene is growing in popularity. Anchored by a regular show at FIVE Nightclub, the performers are reclaiming an old art form. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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Sarah Rose Smiley

Fans of feminist art-pop icon Kate Bush re-created the music video from her debut single, “Wuthering Heights,” July 16. It was the Madison installment of a worldwide public art movement celebrating the cult classic. And it was magical. more

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM , Snapshot

Companhia Urbana de Danca performed at the Isthmus office on Thursday, April 26, 2016. more

Apr 28, 2016 4:41 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

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Shawn Harper

Despite the flurries, Kanopy Dance’s “Bloom” provides an eclectic, fresh program for a new season. Juan Carlos Díaz Vélez is a standout in Ravel’s “Bolero.” more

Apr 10, 2016 10:45 AM Stage

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Yi-Chun Wu

"in medias res" is the final show in a series celebrating Li Chiao-Ping Dance's 20 years in Madison. For those who haven’t seen her work, it’s an excellent overview. more

Dec 11, 2015 6:00 PM Stage

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Shawn Harper

At Kanopy Dance’s Nov. 13-15 “Juxtaposed!” concert, the company revives the 1936 “Lynchtown,” a modern dance classic. more

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 AM Stage

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Kat Cameron

Dance professor Christopher Walker, a native of Jamaica, explores homophobia in West Indian culture in his new collaborative piece, “FACING Home: Love & Redemption.” more

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 AM Stage

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Kat Cameron

On May 2, more than 50 girls from Madison’s community centers will showcase their skills in the third annual Performing Ourselves Showcase: I Dance Because… more

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 PM Stage

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Christoper Hoppe

Danielle Lee says hooping is gaining popularity in Madison, coming out of the warehouse and into the streets. more

Apr 24, 2015 8:30 AM Stage

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Shawn Harper

Kanopy’s spring show, ‘Emergence: Gaia Rising,’ underscores the company’s cultural depth. The panoply of references includes Mexican history, Hawaiian Hula and chanting, a flying Native American canoe and a memorable dance rendition of Pink Floyd. more

Apr 19, 2015 12:00 PM Stage

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Narayan Mahon

"Armature: Bodies of Hope" showcases the resilience and innovation Li Chiao-Ping. The performance commemorates the troupe's 20th year of performing in Dane County. more

Mar 30, 2015 12:38 PM Stage