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IT’S OFFICIALLY SHOW WEEK! Senior DPMKE performing artist, Gina Laurenzi, is in the home stretch of preparing her full evening length work titled SONDER, set to premiere alongside #livemusic by TWIN TALK, THIS THIRSDAY, January 27th @ 7:30pm! 🎫 Tickets are available at dwmke.org/purchasetickets

This will be Laurenzi's first time setting choreography on DPMKE. She shares her inspiration behind this performance, "With Sonder, I set out to craft a work that ebbs and flows through attention to the complexities of Twin Talk’s compositions while leaving space for meandering happenings, and improvisational tangents to unfold between performers. Choreographed phrases fly in and out of improvisational scores as performers delight in the intricacies of the music and the moment."

Gina has been an integral part of DPMKE since her first show with Danceworks back in 2013. Part of what makes DPMKE unique is that they set out to present repertoire created by their artists and not just the Artistic Director or outside creators. DPMKE values Gina's voice and how amplifying her voice shifts and changes the exquisite work on the stage.

We hope you will be able to join us for “Sonder”, running Jan. 27-30. 🎫 Tickets are available at dwmke.org/purchasetickets

📷: Christal Wagner, DPMKE Artistic Director
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It's #studiosaturday and this we we want to give a HUGE shout out to the Danceworks' faculty members performing in the second concert of the DPMKE season! You can catch studio faculty members Gabi Sustache, Christal Wagner and Gina Laurenzi performing with all the artists of DPMKE the 27th - 30th at Next Act Theatre. We are so looking to the performance! Come catch your instructors in action on the stage!

Looking for a new class to take?! DID YOU KNOW can take class with Artistic Director Christal Wagner and the company most Tuesday mornings? Make sure to pre-register online!

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3 days ago

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Join DPMKE on January 27-30, 2022 at Next Act for their new show: "Sonder"
Purchase your tickets now at dwmke.org/purchasetickets 👈🏻🎫

Senior company member and Choreographer Gina Laurenzi collaborates with Chicago band Twin Talk to create a contemporary movement experience with a jazz influence. In Sonder, we welcome live music to the stage as DPMKE dancers and Twin Talk share space, tune into one another and playfully delight in improvisation. The Company is joined by Danceworks Intergenerational Performance Company. Crafting a blend of sound and movement guaranteed to set a mood and satisfy the senses, the artists invite the audience into an intimate world as they flow into conversation, communicating through their respective art forms. Sonder (noun): the realization that each random passerby lives a life as vivid and complex as your own.
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Danceworks Performance Company Turns 20!

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

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Danceworks Performance Company’s roots are grounded in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dance Department. In the early 90’s, UWM Department Chair Marcia Parsons and faculty including Ed Burgess, Janet Lilly and Fern Caulker inspired an environment and work ethic for artists to grow and thrive. UWM’s Independent and Emerging Artist Series was a place for students, local dancers and choreographers to develop work and take risks.

Around this same time, co-founders Polly Morris and Mary Newton were busy presenting emerging and independent artists at Danceworks, and collaborating with UWM. When Danceworks received the support of the United Performing Arts Fund in 1997 to launch a resident company, again, UWM played a significant role. It was UWM dance graduate, Sarah Wilbur, who was identified to lead the company as Artistic Director. Along with a group of fellow UWM dance major graduates, Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) was launched and became the first new dance company to appear in Milwaukee in a decade.

Since then, DPC has performed hundreds of concerts and developed dozens of choreographers and dancers who have shared their work with thousands upon thousands of audience members in Milwaukee and far beyond. DPC has staying power and is a company that has found a niche in collaboration and, not surprisingly, in giving back.

In honor of the Company’s 20th Anniversary I am going to be sharing monthly guest blog posts from our DPC artists that will give you a behind the scenes look at our artists and the impact they are having on stage, in the studio, and in the community.

The dancers from DPC’s early days are still driving momentum organizationally and far beyond as performers, teaching artists and now parents of artists themselves. Catey Ott, Cindy Collins, Becky Blong, Joan Fernandez, Anina Bacon, Andrea Hill, Jen Moore, Laura Teska, and more recently, Liz Tesch and Joelle Worm, to name just a few, have all contributed to the dance community in important ways that have traveled far beyond Danceworks.

Thanks goes to Polly and Mary, to Sarah and to our current Artistic Director Dani Kuepper.  Dani, along with Artistic Manager Kim Johnson, picked up the torch and ran with it. They have continued the tradition of creating work that appeals to many, both in the theatre and out in the community. Thanks also goes to the members of DPC and the many, teachers, choreographers and dancers who have contributed to creating this significant milestone.

Twenty years is quite an achievement for a dance company. Congratulations to all who have been a part of this journey. I can’t help but imagine what the next 20 years will bring.

Don’t miss Dance In or Take Out.
November 3-6, 2016 at Next Act Theatre

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Welcome to the Danceworks blog, where we're hoping to share a little bit more about the heart and soul behind Danceworks… what made us join the dance and keeps us dancing, what keeps us inspired, and where we can share some of the stories worth telling.