Autumn Heart

Directed by Artistic Directors: Lisa Thurrell & Robert Cleary

Highlighting “Autumn Heart” will be three guest choreographers as well as guest dancers from Footholds Dance Company. Georgia Corner, former principal dancer with the internationally acclaimed Erik Hawkins Dance Company will create a dance in counterpoint to the music. The music begins in harmony and moves to disharmony; the dance will start in disharmony and move toward harmony. Metaphors for our time, this is very much in keeping with approach and method to choreography of the late Erik Hawkins, and moves with the late modernist approach taken by both choreographers and musicians. The Minneapolis based Footholds company will perform THE BOTTOM FELL OUT…and then… “Starting with a smash, this trio vaults forward, as two protagonists chomp down to an antagonistic duel. Terse statements accelerate to driving frictions as a new awareness develops from within these personal animosities. This third force quietly manifests a direct change.” (Leiberthal) In addition, Footholds Artistic Director Jim Leiberthal will premiere a new work-- a "kinda slightly tortured pointe piece" for kanopy Dance Company’s Kerry Parker. Guest choreographer Madison’s Maureen Janson will create a physical and fierce work on Kanopy Dance Company. Guest artist Kiro Kopulos will perform in Yggdrasil choreographed by KDC's Co-Artistic Director Lisa Thurrell. This work, lush and romantic, is inspired by the legend of the Norse Tree of life as well as the colors, textures and themes of some of the early 20th century painters like Gustav Klimt.

Saint Catherine, a premiere by KDC's Kerry Parker, and a new work by KDC's Meg Johnson will complete the program.

Produced by Kanopy Dance Company at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: November 13-15, 2009

Performance Times: Show times: Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:30 pm. All performances are at the Overture Center for the Arts in Promenade Hall

Ticket Prices: $24 adults/$22 children and students. Groups of 8 or more: receive $1 off per ticket. Tickets sales open on Monday, October 5. Call (608) 258-4141; purchase at Overture Ticket Office; or Overture website at:  For Kanopy questions please call (608) 255-2211 or visit: Hearing impaired please call (TTY/TDD 866.704.2328)

Call (608) 258-4141; 255-2211 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions for modern dancers for the Kanopy Dance Company will be held on Saturday August 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm, in the Kanopy Dance Studio at 341 State Street in downtown Madison.

Dancers should Call 608 255-2211 to register. Also, applicants should bring their resumes and photos; and, each dancer should be prepared to present a 1 - 2 minute solo. Male and female professional modern/contemporary dancers will be auditioned.

Kanopy Dance Company's 2009-2010 performance season will be produced in the Promenade Hall of the Overture Center for the Arts. For more about Kanopy Dance Company go to