DATES: May 9-11, 2013
TIMES: Thursday- Friday May 9 &10, 7:30pm ; Saturday May 11, 4pm & 7:30pm
Post Show Discussion after Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances.
$17 adult, $12 UWM faculty, staff, seniors, & alumni, $10 Other
university students, $9 UWM students, $5 ages 13-18, PSOA students
Free to under 12 and Dance majors
DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Christina Briggs Winslow
Maria Gillespie's new work, "Where is together" is inspired by the photography of Francesca Woodman, who photographed self-portraits with extremely slow shutter speeds, giving the effect of a vanishing self-portrait. Gillespie investigates the notion of vanishing identity through a series of arrivals and departures. Exploring movement alongside stillness, "Where is together" explores group identity versus selfness and presence among the traction/distraction of a group. This dance queries, does the self vanish in the task of the group and appear in solitude? Or do we know ourselves more through partnerships? In an episodic landscape, dancers are momentarily re-framed by gestures as ethnographic myths. Slipping between isolated moments in time, dancers detach and reform as the canvas of the dance continually folds and unfolds. As the dancers choose to attend to space or retreat into the self, they create a kinetic landscape of liminal states and temporary spaces.
Dani Kuepper's collaborative process was inspired by Vivian Maier's street photography, which juxtaposes urban glamour and decay. Kuepper and the dancers responded to Maier's human and architectural subjects - at times pristine, glamorous, and youthful, but also collapsed, tattered, and broken. The dancers venture on a journey similar to the camera's lens; from the birds-eye-view to the vulnerable close up, reflecting on the fractures in their own lives.
Maria Gillespie - Artistic Director of Springdances, Choreographer
Maria Gillespie, performer, choreographer, and educator is the artistic director of Oni Dance, a dance company originally based in Los Angeles, California. She founded Oni Dance in 2005 and was named the same year one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch". Gillespie's works... "ricochet between vulnerability and strength with razor-sharp shifts in intensity and intent" (LA Times). A resident artist of Los Angeles from 1986-2012, Gillespie's choreography has been presented at The Ford Amphitheatre, The Getty Museum, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures, California Institute of the Arts, The Fowler Museum, Highways Performance Space, The Electric Lodge, Cal State Long Beach, The Brand Library & Arts Center, numerous festivals, and in NYC's Joyce SoHo (07, 08, 11), San Francisco's CounterPULSE, and Tokyo, Japan (2004). While making work and teaching in LA, she performed extensively with Victoria Marks, Helios Dance Theater, and additionally with David Rousseve, Joe Goode, Simone Forti, and Holly Johnston. She has been commissioned by The Getty Center and for choreographic residencies at Scripps College, Pomona College, Cal State Long Beach, and Santa Monica College dance departments. An esteemed teacher of contemporary modern technique, Gillespie's research and teaching have brought her as guest faculty to University of Iowa, Dance New Amsterdam (NY, NY), Beijing Dance Festival, and La Cantera to work with company A Poc A Poc in Mexico City. Noted as a "charismatic, mighty performer with a distinct vision" (LA Times), she is a four time Lester Horton Award winner (2002-2005). She is the honored recipient of grants from The Durfee Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. Oni Dance was gallery artist with Pentacle 2011, continuing into 2013/14. Gillespie was a professor at UCLA from 2002-1011 and has been visiting lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, California State University Long Beach, and CalArts. She has recently moved to Wisconsin and is Assistant Professor of dance at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She received her MFA in choreography from UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance and her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. www.onidance.org
Dani Kuepper, Choreographer
Dani Kuepper, is the Artistic Director of Danceworks Performance Company, joined the company in 1998 and has since choreographed more than 25 dances for DPC, as well as several evening-length works. Dani received both her BFA and MFA from UW-Milwaukee, where she has been a faculty member of the UWM Department of Dance since 1999. As an undergraduate at UWM, Dani performed the solo, Mrs. Schultz, at the national American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dani has choreographed extensively in the Milwaukee community and has enjoyed collaborations with Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Florentine Opera Company, Present Music, First Stage, Milwaukee Art Museum, Sweetwater Organics, Next Actors (Theatre for Youth Training Program) and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Dani was honored in 2009 as a "Forty Under 40" recipient by The Business Journal of Milwaukee and also received the UWM Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award for non-tenure track in instructors in 2010.
Christina Briggs Winslow, Choreographer
Christina Briggs Winslow joined the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor after earning her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She comes to Milwaukee after 15 years in New York City, where she was on the faculty of Hofstra University, Queens College and the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive. In 2000 she joined Heidi Latsky Dance and continues to perform and tour with the company. Christina has also worked with a variety of other choreographers, including Carrie Ahern, Pat Cremins, and Susan Osberg. She performed for children nationwide with the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, where she was also the Rehearsal Director. In the summer of 2012, she taught Contemporary Technique and Repertory at the TseKh Summer Dance School in Moscow, Russia. Christina is the Founder and Co-Director of Incidents Dance. Since 1998, the company performed in New York City at Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, Pace University, St. Mark's Church and University Settlement, as well as in Atlanta, Boulder, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Richmond. Incidents also participated in dancenow downtown, the Downtown Dance Festival, the d.u.m.b.o. dance festival, Goose Route Dance Festival and the Atlanta Fringe Festival among others.
COMPOSER COLLABORATOR BIOGRAPHY
Tim Russell was raised in a house filled with the sounds of piano and guitar, his parents both being recreational musicians. From that nurturing experience, it seems only fitting that he was drawn to music as a way of interacting with the world. Tim began his professional career as a musician at fifteen, playing drums in rock bands around the Chicago suburbs. His passion for music and percussion deepened as he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he eventually graduated with a BM in percussion performance. An astute recommendation immersed Tim in the world of Contemporary Movement via accompanying classes and composing music at the University of Wisconsin Dance Program, an environment that encouraged his experimental and collaborative spirit. While in Madison, he maintained a active performing schedule, managed a private teaching studio and composed music for choreographers. Tim's work with choreographers such as Jin Wen Yu, Li Chiao Ping, Kate Corby, Cycropia Aerial Dance, Luc Vanier and Kun Yang Lin has brought his music all across the country from the Fab! festival in New York City to CounterPULSE! in San Francisco. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continues to expand his artistic family.