Danceworks Performance MKE’s 2022-23 Season

Danceworks Performance MKE, formerly Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) – is an ensemble of performing artists with dynamically different movement training and experiences that uses its diverse breadth of techniques to strengthen the virtuosity of art making through dance performance. The group maintains a commitment to celebrating the vitality and diversity of the Milwaukee arts community, creating works with curiosity and rigor, heightening the voices and talents of our skilled performers and community members. DPMKE is artistically directed by Christal Wagner.


Danceworks Performance MKE strives to make its work relevant and accessible to a wide range of audience members by regularly performing and teaching workshops and residencies in diverse communities throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Check out our outreach programs when you click on the outreach tab in the main menu.


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Upcoming Performances of 2022-23

Small but Mighty

June 2-4, 2023

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
325 W Walnut, Milwaukee, WI


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About the Show:

In celebration of live contemporary American music, Danceworks shares space with emerging Milwaukee chamber ensembles and an exciting collaboration between DPMKE member Nekea Leon and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Steel Band Ensemble. Featured musical guests include the Microcosm Ensemble, the Black Cat Ensemble, and the Cosmo Reed Quintet. A highlight of the concert is composer Jenni Brandons Wildflower Quintet for Reeds. The company dancers will share the concert crafting world premieres and exposing our unique voices. Chamber music known for highlighting a single voice celebrates subtlety and intimacy while creating space for clarity, direction, and powerful ornamentation. This show celebrates the individual and the power of allowing one person to speak at a time.


Past Performances of 2022-23

Click through below to view details about DPMKE’s past performances of 2022-23


I Am Because You Are…

November 12-13, 2022

Baumgartner Center for Dance
128 N Jackson St. Milwaukee WI


About the Show:
“And you are because I am.” In DPMKE’s 25th anniversary season, the company explored the philosophy known as “Ubuntu” by looking back at the unforgettable work that has shaped Danceworks through the years. This philosophy, a belief in which our common bonds with others shape us deeply, single handedly reflects our community’s investment in helping shape our identity. We are also able to fully become who we are by unapologetically sharing ourselves with others and our history as a company runs through the veins of each new work we present.


Audience members ventured back in time with us through a documentary telling and live embodiment of the company’s touching, comedic, and curious works that have become Danceworks favorites. Los Angeles artist and Milwaukee Native Taryn Vander Hoop set new repertoire on DPMKE and our own Gina Laurenzi and Christal Wagner revisited and crafted brand new works for the stage respectively.


February 9-12, 2023

Danceworks Studio Theatre
1661 N Water St. Milwaukee, WI

About the Show:

Danceworks Performance MKE and Milwaukee Opera Theatre take the stage for their 7th collaboration by plunging into the tale of Rusalka: a water nymph determined to find love by way of magic, featuring singing sprites, dancing goblins, and Jason Powell as The Moon. Rooted in Slavic folklore, and packed with ravishing music, Rusalka remains Antonín Dvořák’s best known opera. This tale’s classic arias will accompany a modern day restructuring of the story by Powell, with singing in Czech, speaking in English, and dancing in…dance! Be transported by this one-of-a-kind collaboration.


Cast & Creative Team

Rusalka: Saira Frank
Vodník: David Guzmán
Prince: Tim Rebers
Ježibaba: Colleen Brooks
First Nymph: Tabetha Steege
Second Nymph: Erin Sura
Third Nymph: Brennan Martinez
The Moon: Jason Powell
Katelyn Altmann
Nekea Leon
​Kaitlyn Moore
Cuauhtli Ramirez Castro​
Tessa Ritchey
Isaac Jerin Robertson
Halle Sivertson
Gabi Sustache


Creative Team:
Choreographer: Christal Wagner
Stage Director: Jill Anna Ponasik
Music Director: Ruben Piirainen
Set & Lighting Designer: Colin Gawronski
Harpist: Erin Brooker-Miller

Read Cast and Creative Team Biographies here!

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Photos by Artistic Director, Christal Wagner