Wild Space Dance Company
Press Release

Wild Space Dance Company presents Skip Stitch


By - Apr 17th, 2024 09:57 am
Wild Space - Skip Stitch. Photo credit: Rae Zimmerli.

Wild Space – Skip Stitch. Photo credit: Rae Zimmerli.

Skip Stitch
May 9, 10 and 11, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Eagleknit Converge, 4th Floor
507 S. 2nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

SKIP STITCH is a site-specific dance performance on the fourth floor of Milwaukee’s former Eagleknit Knitting Mills Building in Walker’s Point.

The performance breathes new life into the open floor plan of a repurposed 1928 knitting mill, imbuing it with a vibrant tapestry of dance and moving patterns that pay homage to the building’s rich history. Skip Stitch offers a captivating performance against the backdrop of the city’s skyline, including the iconic Hoan Bridge. Inspired by the Eagleknit’s manufacturing legacy, choreographers Katelyn Altmann and Dan Schuchart craft a movement vocabulary inspired by the art of knitting itself.  Dancers weave among pillars, evoking images of intertwining strands, knots, cycles, and slippages. The grid-like geometry of the pillars and windows provides a canvas for exploring the interplay between revealing and concealing, blending playfulness with formalism.

The cream-city bricks and honey-toned wood floors of the old factory set the stage as the audience is guided through the space, offering various perspectives to observe the performance. From the intimate closeness of proximity to the spacious views of distance, spectators will be immersed in the unfolding events from three vantage points. Configurations materialize and unravel, echoing across the expanse, as the intricate interplay of patterns unveils the inherent beauty of form.

Guest choreographer and performer Dawn Springer, will share her 2009 solo in three parts, Try, Try Again. Featuring a lone woman and a pair of boots, she delves into the profound solitude and suspended reality between failure and recovery. The evening also showcases original music compositions performed live by Paul Westfahl, who will punctuate the space with drums, percussion, and electronic sounds.

Choreographers: Katelyn Altmann, Dan Schuchart, and guest Dawn Springer

Original Music and Live Performance: Paul Westfahl

Dancers: Katelyn Altmann, Cuauhtli Ramirez Castro, Ashley Ray Garcia, Zoe Glise, Gina Laurenzi, Ida Lucchesi, Jessica Lueck, Tisiphani Mayfield, Jenni Reinke, Jamie Riddle, Dawn Springer, Shannon Stanczak, and Jasmine Uras

TICKETS may be purchased at www.wildspacedance.org – or – directly through Ticketstripe at https://ticketstripe.com/wildspace-skipstitch

Wild Space Dance Company is in its fourth decade of offering inventive performances, outreach, and community 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. The mission of Milwaukee-based Wild Space Dance Company is to explore diverse cultural landscapes to create provocative new choreography, site-based performances, and educational opportunities. The company cultivates creative experimentation, innovation, and collaboration by investing in local artists, and engages audiences with dance in a shared experience of place and community. An affiliate of UPAF, Wild Space is a company-in-residence at Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee. Wild Space is supported in part by grants from UPAF, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Herzfeld Foundation, Milwaukee County CAMPAC, and the Milwaukee Arts Board and Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For additional information visit www.wildspacedance.org

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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