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Danceworks is proud to present…

Winter of Gratitude

This fully virtual dance performance is presented by the performing artists of Danceworks Performance MKE, Danceworks Youth Performance Company and 50+ Performance Workshop. 


Winter of Gratitude is made possible by:
Season Sponsors Jane Lewis & Mickey Maier
Supporting Film Sponsors Bob Balderson and Anonymous


Inspired by the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s exhibit, Tokens of Appreciation.


For a limited time only, you can see all four parts of “Winter of Gratitude” for a flat fee of $15! 


At the time of purchase, patrons will be emailed a PDF ticket that will contain the link to a youtube playlist with the four online films. Use the emailed video link for unlimited viewing from the day of release until 12am on April 30, 2021.


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Questions? Email us at info@danceworksmke.org.

About the Series

Danceworks Performance MKE, along with Danceworks Youth Performance Company and dancers from the 50+ Performance Workshop will present a four-part dance-for-camera series, Winter of Gratitude. The series is filmed and edited by veteran DPMKE artist and filmmaker Christal Wagner, with original music by Milwaukee composer, Lawton Hall. Featuring 32 intergenerational dancers, spanning 7 decades and lifetimes of experience, the heart of this project is to share stories of gratitude, connect generations and build a stronger community.



More about rehearsal and filming process:


Each dancer from the cast selected a personal memento – or Token of Appreciation – that was the inspiration for a short dance. During intergenerational Zoom rehearsals, dancers shared their stories of gratitude and taught their dances to one another. The dancers then met in small groups for socially distant filming sessions at iconic, outdoor locations in Milwaukee.


Meet the composer

Meet the composer: Lawton Hall


Lawton Hall is a composer and audio engineer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is interested in the confluence of of human and non-human actors in the creation and dissemination of music, and his creative practice and research explores memory and perception through technology, acoustics, and generative processes.


Recent works include compositions for Hypercube, Ensemble Dal Niente, the So Percussion Summer Institute, and cellist Ashley Walters. Lawton’s early mentors include Pauline Oliveros and Ben Johnston, and he has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Osnat Netzer, Hilda Paredes, Donnacha Dennehy, and Dan Trueman. Since 2016 he has owned and operated Chair Company, a recording studio in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood where he produces music for bands, filmmakers, and commercial clients.


Lawton is currently pursuing masters degrees in music composition and music history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee where he is a student of Phillip Sink.

Meet the Performing Artists

Part I


Performing Artists:
Bob Balderson, Jolie Collins, Katrina Hjelmgren, Alisha Jihn, Elizabeth Matz, Maggie Seer, Catey Ott-Thompsen, Xander Ott-Thompsen


Part II


Performing Artists:
Izabella Bredesaon, Tom Hjelmgren, Keith Knox, Mary Ann Mitchell, Sophia Thomure


Part III


Performing Artists:
Katelyn Altmann, Arturo De La Mesa, Vivian Foster, Janice Hjelmgren, Katrina Hjelmgren, Syrena Hjelmgren, Tom Hjelmgren, Kim Johnson, Jeanne Kollmeyer, Ivy Robertson, Gabi Sustache



Part IV


Performing Artists:
Julie Borouchoff, Syrena Hjelmgren, Nekea Leon, Jenni Reinke, Elisabeth Roskopf, Angela Weidner, Judy Zoelzer Levine





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