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Wild Space Makes Fresh Tracks in February Show

Audiences will be invited to visit and revisit three distinct performance areas.

By - Feb 24th, 2016 10:04 pm
Danielle Lohuis. Photo by Paul Mitchell.

Danielle Lohuis. Photo by Paul Mitchell.

Milwaukee, WI  (January 25, 2016)…Wild Space takes audiences on a new adventure in Fresh Tracks, February 25-27 on the top floor of UWM’s Kenilworth Square East. The exposed struts and massive I-beams of the cavernous Kenilworth 620 form an industrial backdrop for an artistic happening. Audiences will migrate among three areas to view new work revealing the illusions in everyday life by Artistic Director Debra Loewen and company members Mauriah Kraker, Monica Rodero, Dan Schuchart and Kelly Radermacher Butts with live music by composer Tim Russell. Fresh Tracks performances are at 7:30 p.m., February 25-27 in Kenilworth 620 at 1925 E. Kenilworth Place. Advance tickets are recommended due to limited seating. General tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, students/senior tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 414/271-0712 or online at www.wildspacedance.org/performance/performance.html.

Fresh Tracks will be organized chaos, where audiences can create their own experience,” says Loewen, “Because there isn’t really a backstage, we have choreographed costume changes into the work, as the dancers move among the three performance areas. We are also mixing in Tim Russell’s improvised music score, mystery guests and a four-legged surprise or two for an unexpected evening.”

Audiences will be invited to visit and revisit three distinct performance areas–a living room/green room, make-believe dining space and a big open area where anything goes. In the more intimate spaces, dancers will offer a post-modern snapshot of daily life, contrasted with more abstract ideas in the big open space.

“The contrast of the concrete solidness of Kenilworth and the sparkling city view inspires some of our work for the show,” says Loewen. “But it is the ideas and collaborations among the performers and musicians that take central focus for the work. That exchange is what defines a Wild Space performance.”

The performers will be accompanied by live music created by Tim Russell, Music Director and Lecturer with UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts (PSOA) Dance Department. Russell has collaborated with Wild Space on four performances: Milwaukee 360 (2012), Luscious (2013), Acts of Wilderness (2013) and Brew City Dreams (2014). In addition to Kraker, Rodero, Schuchart and Radermacher Butts, the performance will feature company member Yeng Vang-Strath and PSOA dance majors Danielle Lohuis, Mary Margaret Seer, Maria Tordoff and Bonnie Watson.

Led by Founder/Artistic Director Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company is celebrating three decades of inventive performances and innovative outreach programs. Known for site-specific works and artistic collaborations, Wild Space takes audiences on adventures through built and natural landscapes, visual art, history and the human condition through wry humor, clever choreography and emotionally-charged dance. An affiliate of UPAF, Wild Space is a company-in-residence at Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee and Lawrence University in Appleton. Wild Space performances programs are supported in part by grants from UPAF, Milwaukee County CAMPAC and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information, call Wild Space at 414/271-0307 or email info@wildspacedance.org.

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