Sandra Kaufmann Guests with Kanopy Dance, Performing 'La Bonne Dame' by Deborah Zall

Sandra Kaufmann Guests with Kanopy Dance, Performing 'La Bonne Dame' by Deborah ZallSandra Kaufmann, former soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company will guest with Kanopy Dance in their concert entitled "Dark Tales", a program of thought-provoking dance that ranges in styles from classical modern to physical theater, February 9-18 in Madison Wisconsin. Ms. Kaufmann will appear in her original solo "A People's Cry", a modern response to violence again women; and modern dance choreographer Deborah Zall's "La Bonne Dame: Remembering George Sand", (the novelist who adopted a male persona to ply her craft more freely). Ms. Kaufmann will also teach a master class at the Kanopy Studio on Thursday February 8.

Kanopy is also pleased to collaborate once again with renowned corporeal mime company Theatre de l'Ange Fou on two tales from the somber end of the spectrum: "Bluebeard Through The Glass Darkly" and "The Melancholy of Angels". Company co-artistic director Lisa Thurrell, a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, will appear in "Lamentation Variation'', (part of the Martha Graham Dance Company's Lamantation Variation Project).

More about Kanopy Dance Company

Kanopy Dance Company presents new original dance, dance-theater, and historical masterworks, by its Artistic Directors, local, national and international choreographers, all linked by the desire to create thought-provoking and entertaining dance. Kanopy Dance Theatre, Inc., is comprised of Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy Company 2, Kanopy Academy, and Kanopy Studio. Residing for 41 years in downtown Madison, Wisconsin; and under the artistic direction of Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell since 1995; Kanopy Dance Company is a resident of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Kanopy's annual Season includes performances in its home theater at Overture, touring, outreach, and collaborative projects. Info:

Kanopy Dance Company's 41st Season titled "Dance Into the Light" at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Wisconsin includes four distinct weekends: Beautiful Isolation, Nov 10-12, 2017; Dark Tales, Feb 9-11 & 16-18, 2018; Radiance, Apr 13-15, 2018; and Kanopy2's Fanning the Flame May 5, 2018. Tickets available at,

Kanopy Dance Company's 2017-18 Season is supported in part by Individual Anonymous Donors, DaneArts (with funds from Endres Mfg Company Foundation, Evjue Foundation, W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, Pleasant T Rowland Foundation), Wisconsin Arts Board (with funds from the State of Wisconsin, National Endowment for the Arts), Madison Arts Commission (with funds from Wisconsin Arts Board), US Charitable Trust Anon Donor Advised, Fidelity Charitable Trust Anon Donor Advised, Pleasant T Rowland Foundation, Madison Community Foundation, Herb Kohl Charities,Custer Plumb Financial Services, Earthling Interactive, SprintPrint, The Century House, The Wisconsin State Journal and MADISON.COM, Urban Land Interests and Tom Neujahr, Associated Bank, Dance Fabulous, Stafford Rosenbaum LLC, UW Dance Program, Fair Trade Coffee House, Geek World, Alan Koa Spa & Salon, Harper Photography, Bright Matter Creative, LLC, Rudels Photography, Voeltz Public Relations, Irish Washerwoman Communications, Horner Photography, and generous support from numerous individuals.

Kanopy Dance Artistic Directors
Robert E Cleary, former soloist Minnesota Dance Theater and principal dancer Ballet Minnesota, danced for Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones, and others. Cleary has performed, choreographed, and taught throughout the U.S. and Denmark. Critics have called Cleary's performances "fire-y and riveting." As a choreographer his work has been labeled "quirky, oozing nonlinear narrative," "gut-centered, twentieth century modern dance." Cleary received his BA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in History of 19th Century Europe from the University of Minnesota. He trained intensively at American Ballet Theatre and with Susan Klein in Klein Release Technique in New York City. Some of his mentors include David Voss, Mary Hinkson, Frank Bourman, Loyce Houlton, Bonnie Mathis, Susan McGuire, Maria Cheng, and Tisha Von Burpee.

Lisa Thurrell trained and performed with the Martha Graham Company in the late '80s and early '90s. She was honored to be involved in the reconstruction of some of Martha's early works. Thurrell has performed, choreographed, and taught throughout the U.S. and Denmark. Nominated for the Bonnie Bird International Choreography Award, her choreography has been described by critics " a Hieronymus Bosch painting, spilling onto the floor of the theater," "the work stresses the fragility of the human body and self-reflection." As a performer critics have called her dancing "...pure power and pure vulnerability at once." Ms. Thurrell holds a certificate from the Professional Trainee Program at the Martha Graham Center in New York City. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Asian Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of her mentors include Yuriko, Carol Fried, Ethel Winter, Pearl Lang, M.P. Sankaran Namboodiri, Phillip Zarrilli, Nancy Hauser, and Hanya Holm.

Photo: Sandra Kaufmann in Deborah Zall's "La Bonne Dame" photo by Umi Akiyoshi

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