Wild Space Dance Company Creates “Making/Unmaking” at The Warehouse
7:30 pm, February 21-23, 2019
Matinee: 2:30 pm, February 24
1635 W. St. Paul Avenue, Milwaukee (a new gallery space in the Menomonee Valley, part of the West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historical District)
“One of my passions is visual art,” says Wild Space Dance Company‘s Artistic Director Debra Loewen, “I have often incorporated visual art, video and film in my work because it fulfills a desire to make two-dimensional works into three-dimensional movement. When Guardian Fine Art Services owner John Shannon suggested Wild Space create a performance for their new gallery space, The Warehouse, I leapt at the opportunity. The former industrial space with its stout columns and brick façade help inspire the dance work we are creating.”
Making/Unmaking explores what it means to make, view and interpret visual art. Dancers appear and disappear among the gallery’s columns as they transform color fields, photography, sculpture and sketches into gestural dance and bold movements. Audiences discover new perspectives as they switch locations, a playful take on the interaction of viewer and art. Original art work by internationally-known local artists Tom Bamberger and Jill Sebastian will be featured in the performance.
“The performance is like a moving landscape framed by the boundaries of The Warehouse,” says Loewen. “Walls, columns, windows and the audience themselves provide borders for the interplay of foreground and background, one of the central concepts of visual art.”
This performance marks the fourth collaboration with Valenza, following October’s Acts of Discovery. Performers (at press time) include Katelyn Altmann, Ben Follensbee, Caitlyn Grubich, Tori Isaacs, Amanda Laabs, Danielle Lohuis, Annie Peterson, Maggie Seer, Nicole Spence, Elisabeth Roskopf, Dan Schuchart, andJimmi Weyneth.
Making/Unmaking and its related outreach program is funded in part by grants from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin, The Herzfeld Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Gerda A. Debelak Fund.
About The Warehouse
The Warehouse is a 4,000 SF exhibition space on the ground floor of a large five-story former factory and warehouse built in 1924 in Milwaukee’s Design District, part of the newly designated West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historical District. LED lighting and display walls have been added to the renovated space, which retains elements of the building’s industrial past, such as concrete columns and floors. The Warehouse mounts curated exhibits of artists from its permanent collection and other sources.
About Wild Space
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.