DanceScapes '07 brings innovation to the stage

(Published Feb. 27, 2007, 4:36 p.m.)

Creative movements and innovation are key ingredients to this year's presentation of UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department's DanceScapes '07. Performed in Barnett Theatre in the Greenhill Center of the Arts, DanceScapes is an annual dance concert showcasing creative movement choreographed by students, faculty and guest artists. photo:DanceScapes

This year's production will be held on March 11 at 2 p.m. and March 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (262) 472-2222 or online at

Faculty choreographers include Artistic Director, Barbara Grubel, and Dance Program Coordinator, Robin Pettersen. Grubel's piece titled, Path, received its inspiration from a letter written by an elderly mother just before her death. With music by Christian Cherry, the work hopes to create an inner reflection for the audience of where they would like to walk....after. Pettersen's dance involves music by Kevan Volans and is titled abluere, Latin: to wash away. In her piece, four women take in, strike away, wash off and run. There is a sense of urgency that is complimented by quiet nurturing.

This year's guest artist is Dani Kuepper. Kuepper comes to DanceScapes with an MFA from the Dance Department at UW-Milwaukee, where she has been teaching dance since 1999. Kuepper's piece, Virtue/Vice, collages snapshots of elegance, grit, whimsy, mischief, tragedy and grace. Images that transcend time and place are put in close juxtaposition against the backdrop of a medieval atmosphere.

Six UW-Whitewater students will be premiering their work in DanceScapes '07. They include, Jill Cody, Morgan Foley, Jennifer Gabriel, Teri Rouse, Lorice Ratas, and Jennifer Welty, each displaying their unique visions with the audience. Cody's piece, Breaking the Bubble, speaks about the walls, boundaries and suffocation closing in on us that compels our individuality to want to break free. With music composed by Zap Mama, Ratas' piece brings a whole new form to the idea of family with high jumps, estranged positions, crazy movement and music that will make you get out of your seat and dance.

Dancers include Mike Bevis, Jill Cody, Katie Colombo, Joseph Foti IV, Jennifer Gabriel, Jaime Guiscafré IV, Stephanie Heine, Colleen King, Laurie Kretschmar, Rachel Kuklinski, Michelle Malliet, Danielle Miller, Carrie Morstad, Aubrey Munson, Kathy Murphy, Nate Negron, Kayla Punzel, Lorice Ratas, Teri Rouse, Aleah Schroeder, Jennifer Schubert, Angela Van Hierden, Jennifer Welty, Avery Stann, and Danielle Zyvert.

A well choreographed dance would not be complete without good lighting and just the right costuming. Costume designs are provided by Marshall Anderson, Liz Eisenmenger, Denise Ehren, Jaime Guiscafré IV, Amber Hayes, and Louis Kreienkamp. Lighting designers include Steve Chené, Jaime Guiscafré IV, and Rob Kulpa.

Each year the award winning DanceScapes brings together a diverse group of talent for audiences to enjoy an eclectic, thought-provoking concert that is not to be missed.

Tickets are available to be purchased at the newly renovated Greenhill Center Box Office Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or at the Visitors Center on Starin Road Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the performance, beginning one hour prior to curtain, as availability allows.

Tickets are $9 for general public, $8 for age 65 and over, $5.50 for those under age 18, and $3.50 for UW-W students.

TThe UW-Whitewater 2006-2007 Fall Season is sponsored by the Week, Daily Jefferson County Union and the Whitewater Register.

The Theatre/Dance Department is dedicated to performing high quality, entertaining productions showcasing the talent of not only the theater majors, but a myriad of other students as well. The department is designed to give students as much real-world experience as possible in a learning environment. The costumes, sets and light are often designed by students, thus giving the students an opportunity to apply their craft and gain experience. Every school year they produce six shows and another three every summer. To find additional information about the department, visit their website at


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