Wild Space Celebrates Three Decades of Dance with “Wild at 30”!

Something Old, Something New, Something Wild

Enter a wild space 30 years in the making! Wild Space Dance Company celebrates the past, present and future with Wild at 30 at Next Act Theatre’s Performance Space. Wild at 30 brings together past collaborators, alumni and current company in a performance that moves from the Next Act main stage to site-based vignettes in the lobby, hallways and rehearsal rooms. Wild at 30 performances are at 8 pm, May 4-6 at Next Act. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $18 for students, and can be purchased at www.wildspacedance.org/performance/performance.html or by calling the Next Act box office at 414/278-0765.

“It is a joy to welcome back alumni as performers and guests to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says Artistic Director Debra Loewen. “From a well-lit stage to an empty swimming pool to a garden in moonlight, their inventiveness and resourcefulness made each performance a night to remember. As we look back and move forward, those incredible moments continue to inspire our work.”

Founding company members David Figueroa, Jennifer Goetzinger and Tom Thoreson recreate some memorable moments from the past in two works. Figueroa and Goetzinger reunite for a 1987 duet by choreographer Cate Deicher, while Thoreson and several would-be brides find their romantic options may be limited. Cameos, duets and trios featuring current company and alumni Sofi Askenazi, Liz Fransee, Mandi Karr, Molly Mingey, Lindsey Ruenger, Jessie Mae Scibek, Randy Talley and Yeng Vang–Strath will mix past repertory with new theatrical and site-specific work. Company members appearing in Wild at 30 are Kelly Radermacher Butts, Ai Csuka, Lauren Elster, Angela Frederick, Danielle Lohuis and Maggie Seer.

A look to the future will feature work by Loewen that goes beyond the footlights to create a wild space between the stage and seats in the theater, in addition to site-based adventures in the lobby, rehearsal rooms and hallways. UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts choreographic intern Nicole Spence and affiliate artists Dan Schuchart and Mauriah Kraker will present new dances, while company alumni Michelle DiMeo and Bridgett Tegen will bring new choreography from Minneapolis.

“We will also have some special surprises unique to a specific performance, such as founding company member Diane VanDerhei and dancers from her Oak Park dance studio, Intuit, on Saturday evening,” says Loewen. “Former creative collaborator Jan Kellogg will create a moment through the magic of her lighting expertise and more mystery cameos are in the works.”

Wild at 30 is sponsored in part by UPAF, Foley & Lardner, Infinity Benefit Solutions, Jonco Industries and season grants from The Brico Fund, The Greystone Foundation and The Herzfeld Foundation. Wild at 30 is the finale to Wild Space’s successful 30th Anniversary Season, which began with the site-specific performance, Into the Garden at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in September, followed by Caught Up in the Moment with Sensoria at UWM Kenilworth Square East Gallery and the Caught Up in the Moment tour to Lawrence University.

Led by Founder/Artistic Director Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company is celebrating three decades of inventive performances and innovative outreach programs. Known for site-specific works and artistic collaborations, Wild Space takes audiences on adventures through built and natural landscapes, visual art, history and the human condition through wry humor, clever choreography and emotionally-charged dance. An affiliate of UPAF, Wild Space is a company-in-residence at Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee and Lawrence University in Appleton. Wild Space programs are supported in part by grants from UPAF, Milwaukee County CAMPAC and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call Wild Space at 414/271-0307 or email info@wildspacedance.org.