UPAF Affiliate Group, Wild Space Dance Company, Announces 30th Season

Wild Space Dance Company will celebrate its 30th season in Milwaukee with two major performances, showings of work by emerging choreographers, outreach, special events and its annual tour to Lawrence University.  Wild Space 2016-2017 season performances and outreach are supported in part by the Brico Fund, the Herzfeld Foundation, Milwaukee County CAMPAC, UPAF, and the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.



All performances are in Milwaukee unless noted otherwise.


Into the Garden, 7:15 PM, September 8, 11, 13 & 14, 2016 (rain date: September 18)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace


Tickets On Sale August 15: www.wildspacedance.org/performance/performance.html or 414/271-0712


Follow Wild Space Into the Garden to encounter nature, dance, art, music and a touch of fire. Dancers will lead audiences from the Villa courtyard to the Renaissance Garden, with Roy Staab’s Shadow Dance as a centerpiece. Against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Michigan at dusk, intimate dance sketches, tableaus and musical interludes will unfold in and around Shadow Dance, the Scaletta d’Aqua, the terrace and garden arbors for an unforgettable experience.  Music directed by Nick Zoulek.


Into the Garden is part of Wild Space’s Neighborhood Sites initiative, and will include school outreach in conjunction with the performance. Performances and outreach programs are supported in part by grants from The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Brico Fund, the Herzfeld Foundation, the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.  Special thanks to Villa Terrace and The Friends of the Villa Terrace.


Wild at 30, May 4-6, 2017

Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water Street

Something old, something new, something site-based, something Wild. Join the company for a celebration of the past, present and future of contemporary dance as the company takes audiences on an adventure inside and outside Next Act Theatre.


Touring performance

March 31, 2017

Lawrence University’s Stansbury Theater, 420 E. College Avenue, Appleton

As part of its ongoing residency at Lawrence University, Wild Space will offer a special performance on the LU campus.



Wild Space Dance Company will be offering three outreach programs at Milwaukee Public School sites, all designed to enhance critical thinking, self-discipline and self-confidence through making art and performance.  Art Moves, a cross-discipline residency, will connect visual arts students at Lincoln Middle School of the Arts and Riverside High School with dance as part of its site-specific performance at Villa Terrace.  In Project Dance Makers, participants take the lead in creating dances and performance work incorporating stories, cultural heritage and community themes.  Early childhood sessions of Project Dance Makers focus on body awareness, movement and spatial patterns.  Wild Arts, now entering its tenth year, is a summer creative arts camp for middle school students held at Lincoln.  Wild Arts offers dance, theatre and visual arts activities, in addition to field trips to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Turners Gymnasium and other cultural sites.



Led by Founder/Artistic Director Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company is celebrating three decades of inventive performances and innovative outreach 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. An affiliate of UPAF, Wild Space is a company-in-residence at Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee and Lawrence University in Appleton.  Wild Space programs are supported in part by grants from UPAF, Milwaukee County CAMPAC and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information, call Wild Space at 414/271-0307 or email info@wildspacedance.org.

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