Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization offers works representing its past, present and future in its current production. Highly impressive is its future, a work well into progress by artistic director Timothy Josephs, set to “Carmina Burana.”
Fifteen of the 25 sections of that piece that has a tiger in its tank are performed in surges of flowing energy in the program that will be repeated at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, March 23, in University Theatre of Theatre Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Info: newdo.org.
The overall program is titled “Peter and the Wolf and other ballets.” Four works are performed – two reprised, one a premiere and the in-progress “Carmina Burana.”
“Peter and the Wolf”
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Lighting design: Jeffrey Paul Entwistle
Choreography: Timothy Josephs
Peter – Kendall Lawonn
Bird – Kaia Rodeheaver
Duck – Helen Flanagan
Grandfather – Diane Danhieux
Wolf – Azure Hall
Hunters – Aniyah Donald, Fiona Josephs, Lin Lan Holzman-Crass, Lilly Meyer, Ella Mingori, Makena Murre, Gretchen Paulsen
Little Birds – Zoe Eckberg, Clare Fricke, Megan Szkodzinski, Annalyse Throne
Little Ducks – Scarlett Bell, Klaira Mahlik, Zoey Marcelle
Little Wolves – Ethan Mingori, Evan Throne, Gavin Throne
Little Cat – Adorlee Gustafson
The company also presented this in the 50th anniversary concert of the Green Bay Youth Symphony. Full scenic backdrops and set pieces and character costuming add visual pop.
As musical instruments represent characters, a story unfolds in a woodsy setting with a pond: Young rascal Peter calls on woodland friends to capture a wolf that has gulped down a duck.
Expressive character dancing buoys the tale that is pastoral and action-filled surrounding the wolf. Nice.
“The Morning of Her Passing” (Premiere)
Music: Composed and performed by Emily Paulsen (vocal) and Kent Paulsen (piano)
Original poem: Angie Flanagan
Choreography: Angie Flanagan
Aniyah Donald, Helen Flanagan, Dianna Getschow, Amelia Gorton, Emma Huntley, Fiona Josephs, Zola Kambandu-Schilz, Adison Karbon, Kendall Lawonn, Lilly Meyer, Ella Mingori, Gretchen Paulsen, Adriannah Popkey, Kaia Rodeheaver
Reflective and dramatic music shapes the thoughtful mood of this impressionistic work.
The aura of change is part of the flowing movement of dancers dressed in black tops and gray skirts.
A vision of a mood translated to word, translated to movement, graced by new music and offered to an audience’s imagination – this is a very artful offering inspired by Angie Flanagan.
Music: “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” Franz Liszt
Lighting Design: Jeffrey Paul Entwistle
Choreography: Diane Danhuieux
Ashley Burgess, Norah Gallagher, Katie Rider, Joshua Rider
Samantha Coppock, Zoe Eckberg, Adorlee Gustafson, Amara Lautenschlager, Katie Meyer, Ethan Mingori, Megan Szkodzinski, Annalyse Throne
Scarlett Bell, Klaira Mahlik, Zoey Marcelle, Evan Throne, Gavin Throne
Young members of the company create a circus atmosphere in this latest edition of the colorful work by Diane Danhuiex of the company.
First, a sequence displays footwear of many walks of life, with each set of feet having a personality. Then, costumed action turns to a circus, full of the music’s vivid circus-y flavor. Fun-plus.
Music: Carl Orff
Lighting: Jeffrey Entwistle
Choreography: Timothy Josephs
Samantha Coppock, Zoe Eckberg, Clare Fricke, Adorlee Gustafson, Amara Lautenschlager, Katie Meyer, Katie Rider, Megan Szkodzinski, Annalyse Throne
Ashley Burgess, Destiny Carranza, Aniyah Donald, Helen Flanagan, Norah Gallagher, Dianna Getschow, Amelia Gorton, Azure Hall, Emma Huntley, Lin Lan Holzman-Crass, Fiona Josephs, Zola Kambandu-Schilz, Kendall Lawonn, Lily Meyer, Ella Mingori, Makena Murre, Gretchen Paulsen, Adriannah Popkey, Kaia Rodeheaver
Angie Flanagan, Natasha Posey, Kristen Throne
When Timothy Josephs listens to this music, he must see movement of dancers. A passage becomes a pattern of movement. In this case, the music is particularly invigorating, and Josephs responds with large numbers of dancers (sometimes 19) in rushes of action.
The pace of the music demands a high degree of discipline, and the dancers rise to the occasion in this piece of super-energy and spirit.
In a newsletter, Josephs says he is looking to present the whole piece in 2021.
His present “Carmina Burana” is already a rush. It’s a “wow” experience.
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