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Keigwin + Company Member and Brookfield Native Emily Schoen Takes Center Stage this February

Dancer Emily Schoen returns to her roots for a special one-night-only performance.

By - Jan 27th, 2015 04:23 pm
Emily Schoen

Emily Schoen

Brookfield, WI (January 27, 2015) Dancer Emily Schoen returns to her roots for a special one-night-only performance by KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C) at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center), located in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park.

Renowned for its unique and electric brand of contemporary dance and described by Vanity Fair as “a thrilling coup de théâtre,” the New York-based K+C will enthrall audiences with their sole 2015 Wisconsin performance on Saturday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m., as part of the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Performing Art Series. Tickets are $39-$69, including a $2/ticket facility fee, and may be purchased through the Wilson Center Box Office at (262) 781-9520 or online at wilson-center.com/keigwin-company. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

A company member of K+C, Schoen was born and raised in Wisconsin and trained under Accent on Dance owner (Waukesha/Mukownago) and Artistic Director (Waukesha) Kellie Plath. Professionally, Schoen has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in works by Mark Morris (Orfeo Ed Eurydice) and Doug Varone (Les Troyens), Nicholas Andre Dance, the Steps Repertory Ensemble, and she has toured internationally with Nejla Yatkin/NY2 Dance. In addition to performing, Schoen is a working choreographer. She was recently awarded the Gibney Boo Koo Grant for Emerging Artist in New York City and was chosen as one of the “Top 25 to Watch” in 2011 by Dance Magazine.

“It is always a welcome opportunity to celebrate the talents of an artist from the local community who has gone on to succeed at the highest level in their field, and that is exactly what Emily has done,” said Wilson Center Executive Director Jonathan Winkle.

As part of the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Beyond the Classroom (BTC) Series, Schoen and K+C company members also will perform for Greater Milwaukee-area school groups on Friday, February 20, at 11:00 a.m., and participate in outreach workshops with students February 19-20. Tickets for the BTC performance are $6/person or $7/person for groups of 10 or more and may be purchased through the Wilson Center Box Office at (262) 781-9520 or online at wilson-center.com/btc.

The Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Performing Arts Series is sponsored by Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Enterforce, and Godfrey & Kahn S.C. The K+C show sponsors are ArtsMidwest, Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, and RBC Wealth Management. The 2014-15 BTC Series is sponsored by Target, as well as Lynn Chappy, Waukesha County Community Foundation, Four-Four Foundation, Maihaugen Foundation, The Lubar Family Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Elmbrook Rotary Foundation, Richard & Carlile Schneider, RBC Wealth Management, ArtsMidwest, and Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation.

About KEIGWIN + COMPANY

Renowned for its unique and electric brand of contemporary dance,

KEIGWIN + COMPANY enthralls audiences with its strong theatrical sensibility, wit, and affinity for pop culture. The company was co-founded in 2003 by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate and Associate Director Nicole Wolcott and Artistic Director Larry Keigwin, an exceptional performer whose own dancing has been compared to the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky. Welcomed as a fresh new voice in the dance world, The New York Times described Keigwin’s choreography as “a parcel of pure explosive energy mediated by impressive technical skills.” Inspired by his dancers, human relationships, and public observations, Keigwin believes that the art of choreography is about excavating personalities, shaping stories, and building communities – perhaps best evidenced by Bolero, KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s critically-acclaimed large-scale community project commissioned by seven communities nationwide. The Company also ventured into the world of high-fashion with Runaway, a fashion-inspired dance described by Vanity Fair as “a thrilling coup de théâtre.”

About the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Now in its 13th season, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary cultural arts center that presents performances by world-renowned artists and ensembles, offers myriad arts education opportunities, and curates an ever-changing art gallery featuring nationally renowned artists. The Wilson Center for the Arts is just minutes west of Milwaukee, nestled in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, south of Capitol Drive, just west of Brookfield Road. For additional information about the Wilson Center and its programming, visit www.wilson-center.com or call (262) 781-9470.

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