It’s been three weeks since the international choreographers of Genesis arrived to create a new work. See their stunning new creations and vote for your favorite at The Pabst this weekend! The winner receives a contract to create another new work in our 50th anniversary season.
“Ballet is heteronormative. These artists are fixing that.”—SF Weekly
Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with BOYS IN TROUBLE, a new evening of dances that unpack masculinity with unflinching honesty—from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives.
True Transsexual Confessions. An unabashed love letter between queer Black men. A send-up of all things Macho. A queer spin on butchness. Real talk about whiteness. An invitation to look deeply at Shame. A witness to hurt and heartbreak. A road map for another way.
The Milwaukee Ballet sets the stage for choreographic creation with the return of the Genesis competition to the Pabst Theater.
Finalists will showcase new works created on the company and vie for the prize of a commission—which will be awarded by a panel of guest artistic directors.
Audiences will enjoy their own adjudication process by voting for an Audience Choice Award.
“Genesis gives ambitious young artists a chance to have their work seen on a major stage,” says Artistic Director Michael Pink. “And it offers the audience an extraordinary chance to witness new work–a central component of our company’s longstanding commitment to produce innovative and imaginative world premieres in Milwaukee.”
HOW IT WORKS
Choreographers from around the world submit footage of work they’ve created. The only credential they need is a current contract with a professional classical or contemporary dance company.
Learn more about the 2019 Genesis choreographers here.
Three choreographers, selected by Michael Pink, will come to Milwaukee to create new work on the company which will be premiered at Genesis 2019.
A panel of guest artistic directors will choose the winner.
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.
Advance Tickets: General $22, Student/Senior $16
At the door: General $25, Student/Senior $18
ADVANCE PURCHASE RECOMMENDED – Limited Seating
Tickets: 800-838-3006 or at the link below
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 email@example.com.
Enter the dark land of enchantment, the world of the Puppet Master in this glam-rock evening of supernatural horror and high jinks. Delight in the topsy-turvy world, set to the music of a cello metal band. See inmates at an asylum dancing gleefully with the devil. Follow the outrageous Mohawk Man down the rabbit hole, and emerge in a world where Puppet Master is in control. Delightfully creepy china dolls and figures in shrouds hold our hero captive. Finally they cross the River Styx, and even more otherworldly mayhem ensues. Come the dark side for one night and revel in this dream world!
Pre-Show Talk Opening Night
FRI, FEB 8, 7 PM – 7:30 PM, Promenade Hall
Show ticket or ticket stub to Devil’s Night for admittance. Meet the artists.
Kanopy Principal Dancer Juan Carlos Diaz Velez
THU, FEB 7, 4:30 PM – 6 PM, Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703