Guest Concerts

| Danceworks Studio Theatre |
| 1661 N. Water Street |
| Milwaukee |


Saturday, August 26, 4:00pm & 8:00pm

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This performance is an exploration what it means to self identify, in an attempt to highlight how unique each individual’s journey to self-identification is. Whether an identity crisis relates to sexual preference, race, religion, or socioeconomic status, internal toil is archetypal, universally understood. Featuring new works by Co-Founders Melissa Sue Anderson & Morgan “Mo” Williams, Associate Artistic Director Christa Smutek, Keon Nickie (Dallas Black Dance Theater) and Kam Saunders.

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“Livin’ the Dream”

Saturday, October 7, 7:30pm &
Sunday, October 8, 2:30pm

$20 General Admission // $15 Student/Senior
$50 VIP TICKET includes complimentary drink & unique audience experience

Image: Matthew Gregory Hollis

Synopsis- She always dreamed she would be a Solid Gold dancer.  Well, it’s no longer 1984 and it may be time to hand over those legwarmers… or is it? Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre’s “Livin’ the Dream” is a comedic dance theater work that gives this Solid Gold dreamer and her discouraged cast the opportunity to finally fulfill their childhood wishes of stardom. They may not have nailed that Broadway audition, have been handed an Olympic gold medal, or have delivered their Oscar acceptance speech, but “Livin’ the Dream” will give them the opportunity to do just that.  So what if they still sell khakis at The ZAP?  Who cares if they night stock at Matthew’s craft store?  They continue to dance and they love it. They struggle to make it, but they are not alone.  Come witness the cast of “Livin’ the Dream” reveal their true childhood fantasies, share their present struggles and actualize their lifelong dreams.
“Livin’ the Dream” is an original dance theatre production choreographed, written and directed by former Milwaukee dancer/choreographer Kelly Anderson, now based in Chicago, IL.

Image: Matthew Gregory Hollis

KELLY ANDERSON is the artistic director of the Chicago-based dance company Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre. Some of her most recent works include “Livin’ the Dream” (2017), VAUDEVILLE! (2015) and her Chicago company debut, Message Me If… (2014). Prior to her arrival from NYC to Chicago in 2012, Kelly created the evening-length collaborative production, This is how we disappear and The Little Things, with the Portland-based company bobbevy. Kelly has created two solo shows with Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee, WI), Vaudeville and The Bra Project. Her most notable independently produced works include an original dance/theatre/opera collaboration, 26, with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, choreography for Gal Friday Film’s Missed Connections, Red Knife Lottery’s music video Junkie Jazz, the creation of The Mondo Lucha Dancers for The Mondo Lucha Variety Show, two collaborative evening- lengths, Vacant and Bad Meat, choreography for A Wrinkle in Time with actor/director Mark Metcalf and the First Stage production of Peter Pan. Kelly has also performed and co-produced five Variety Shows in Milwaukee (2002-2007), two in Portland, OR (2007 & 2008), and has continued to produce them independently in since 2010 (Milwaukee & Chicago). Her work has been performed in The Minnesota Fringe Festival and her commissioned work, Shower, was presented at The Puffin Room in NYC. Since her arrival to Chicago, she has performed her work at the 2014 D49 Festival, the 2014 Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and THAW 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013, It’s Happening 2016 & 2017 and Mediums, 2016. Anderson is a former company member of NYC’s Gerald Casel Dance (now resident company at ODC in San Francisco, CA), Portland’s bobbevy, and the Milwaukee companies of Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, Your Mother Dances and Foothold Dance/Performance. Anderson is currently working on an original PopTheater dance piece “The Other Sarah Bernhardt” with writer/director Olivia Lilley, premiering at the PropThtr in October.

“Kelly Anderson’s comedic timing is solid gold. “Livin’ the Dream” is every 80’s kid, complete with ribbon dances and double dutch” -LAUREN WARNEKE, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Interested in producing your own show at the Danceworks Studio Theatre? Contact Kim Johnson-Rockafellow, Artistic Director of Danceworks DanceLAB, via email or at 414.277.8480 x6018.

These projects are supported in part by a Danceworks Space Grant. The Danceworks DanceLAB continues its mission to support local artists by offering Space Grants for independent choreographers who would like to produce their own shows in the Danceworks Studio Theatre, or develop their own new work.

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