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Celebrate the women of Milwaukee with Danceworks Performance Company in: Women Who Dance

March 2-4, 2018 | Next Act Theatre | 255 S. Water St.

By - Feb 13th, 2018 10:41 am
Women Who Dance. Photo by Jeff Zmania.

Women Who Dance. Photo by Jeff Zmania.

MILWAUKEE – Named 2017’s Best Dance Company by Shepherd Express, Danceworks Performance Company welcomes founding Artistic Director Sarah Wilbur back to the city to remount Disclosure Tactics, a dance for herself and 19 intergenerational women from the Milwaukee dance community. Disclosure Tactics, a 45-minute dance theatre piece, uses viewer participation “to ask how dancing hides and reveals truths (and un-truths) about bodies.” It was originally created in Los Angeles in 2012. This opportunity to present Disclosure Tactics in Milwaukee—during Danceworks’ 25th anniversary year—is “a chance to open up and expose the multitude of meanings that the female body hides and reveals, by dancing in the loving community that supported my first decade of artistic work,” says Wilbur.

In this concert, Danceworks Performance Company will perform a new work, Pattern, Repattern, Unpattern, Repeat, based on ideas of repetition and discovery. Pattern, Repattern, Unpattern, Repeat “illustrates the ways in which Danceworks Performance Company collaborates and communicates as a group of women and was created collaboratively, with trust in the process, and in each other,” Danceworks Artistic Dirctor Dani Kuepper says. “I don’t have to have all the answers, because I know that I can rely on the women around me. We have the luxury of this atmosphere to create and evolve in.”

Panadanza Dance Company is an all women dance ensemble established in 2008 by Artistic Director Karlies Kelley, a native of the Republic of Panama. In Women Who Dance, Panadanza will explore the idea that “every woman has a breathtaking story” through its piece, Respira y Baila. Through a variety of dance styles that bring alive identities of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Panadanza “explores the perspectives of air: breath, personal and environmental reactions, formations, migrations, flow, blockage, rhythm, and song.”

The weekend will not only feature inspiring, eclectic dancing women from the Milwaukee community, but also a post-show talkback with Sarah Wilbur on Friday; a Maker Fair featuring local women-owned businesses on Saturday; guest musical performances by Cadance Collective during Friday’s performance and Earthstrong Women’s Collective in Saturday’s performance; and a pre-show Brazilian Samba lesson by Panadanza Dance Company on Sunday at 1:45pm! Visit for complete event details.


Women Who Dance opens Friday, March 2, at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water Street, Milwaukee.

Friday, March 2, 7:30pm | Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm | Sunday, March 4, 7:30pm


Advance Purchase Tickets: $27 Reserved Seating | $22 General Admission | $16 Student & Senior

Walk-Up Tickets: $25 General Admission | $18 Student & Senior

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by visiting, calling the Danceworks Box Office at 414-277-8480 ext. 6025, or visiting Danceworks, located at 1661 N. Water Street in Milwaukee.


Danceworks Performance Company, led by Artistic Director Dani Kuepper, includes: Kim Johnson-Rockafellow, Gina Laurenzi, Liz Licht, Christal Wagner

Panadanza Dance Company, led by Artistic Director Karlies Kelley, includes: Shirah Rachel Apple, Sofia Ascorbe, Julie Banashak, Sandra Contreras, Annie Dubats, Angie Gabriela, Mary Kat Hart, Imani Jalil, Cecilia Moretti, Elizabeth Orich, Yelena Ostrevov, Devin Settle, Nicole Katerina Spinelli, Kanchana Srinivasan

Sarah Wilbur shares the stage with 19 Milwaukeeans from various walks of life: Amy Brinkman, Dianne Dziengel, Mary Guy Franke, Janice Hjelmgren, LaBella Hunley, Posy Knight, Dani Kuepper, Jane Lewis, Sarah Mesa, Samantha Mesa-Payne, Andréa Moser, Rasheeda Panniell, Natasha Posey, Ramsey Schlissel, Maggie Seer, Gabi Sustache, Liz Tesch, Christal Wagner, Joëlle Worm

Cadance Collective, founded by Emma Koi, includes: Alicia Storin and Christal Wagner

Earthstrong Women’s Collective includes: Dena Aronson, Holly Haebig, Karlies Kelley, Kara Mulroone, Ana Paula Soares Lynch

Danceworks, Inc. enhances the joy, health and creativity of our community through performances, classes and outreach activities integrating dance and other art forms. Danceworks is a member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). For more information about Danceworks Performance Company, visit the Danceworks website at

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