Li Chiao-Ping, Artistic Director of Li Chiao-Ping Dance, was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to watch”. Ms. Li was on faculty at Mills College, the Director of the Hollins College Dance Program, and the former Chair of the UW-Madison Dance Department, where she continues to teach. She formed Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 1990 and co-directed the SF-based Dziga Vertov Performance Group with Douglas Rosenberg from 1992-94. She has had the pleasure of dancing original solos created for her by Cynthia Adams, Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Molissa Fenley, Joe Goode, Heidi Latsky, Victoria Marks, Bebe Miller, Daniel Nagrin, Sally Silvers, Gus Solomons jr., Elizabeth Streb, June Watanabe, and Mel Wong. Collaborations with visual artist/director Douglas Rosenberg include several dance films, which have aired on public television and screened around the world. She is the subject of two documentaries, including “Seven Solos: A Documentary”, directed by Douglas Rosenberg, which was made about her “Women Dancing” solo project and was selected for the Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center on January 29, 2012 in New York; it was also screened in the 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival. A recipient of numerous awards, grants and honors, including several grants from the NEA and awards from the Asian Pacific Women’s Network, National Arts Association, and the Los Angeles Arts Council first prize awards for performance and choreography, Li has also received choreographic distinctions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Dance Council, Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon, and honored to be the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program. She received the Bartell Award in the Arts, recognizing her dedication to reaching beyond the campus and into the greater community with her work, as well as a 2015 School of Education Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, for her contributions to the UW-Madison School of Education. She was recently awarded a Vilas Research Professorship, one of the highest honors bestowed by the university and one of the first artists to ever receive one, and a prestigious MAP Fund grant for her latest collaborative project with visual artist Douglas Rosenberg titled LANDED.
CONSTANCE ANDERSON, graduated with a BA in Dance, as well as with a minor in Philosophy from UW-Stevens Point (UWSP) in May 2017. There she trained under Joan Karlen, Michael Estanich, Jeannie Hill, and Pamela Luedtke. While attending the UWSP, Constance had the opportunity to participate in several workshops taught by Autumn Eckman, Larry Keigwin, Jaclyn Walsch, Brenda Bufalino, Tania Perez Salas, Max Pollack, Lucy Reiner, Mark Yonally, and Eddy Ocampo. She also received several scholarships, taught a kinesthetic drawing masterclass, and presented research at the 2017 system symposium. Four of her works have been produced through the UWSP. In 2016, her satirical work, "I Can Move Mountains", was selected to be presented at ACDA. In addi- tion, she has studied under Whim W'Him dancer Patrick Kilbane, choreographer Kate Wallich, KT Nieff, and most closely with Alice Gosti. Constance is as a ballet instructor for pre-collegiate students at Dance Education Center. She is also the rehearsal director for both the school, and the school's dance company. Most recently, Constance is preparing a new work to be produced in 2019 through Portage County Creates.
LAUREN GIBBS graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from San Diego State University in 2010. After graduating she moved to New York where she rehearsed and performed under the direction of Kendra Portier, Dana Ruttenburg and Shen Wei Dance Arts. In 2012, she reclaimed her dancing roots in San Diego performing for The PGK Dance Project and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. She has also practiced with companies such as Doug Varone and Dancers and Joe Goode Performance Group. Along with dancing for LCPD, Lauren has danced for Liz Sexe Dance Company in Madison. Her latest accomplishment includes earning a BA in Mathematics and Teaching License through Western Governors University. Her dance experience stems from competitive gymnastics, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop dance. Lauren loves Madison and is thrilled to be a part of LCPD!
LAUREN JOHN grew up in Stoughton, Wisconsin, where she started dancing at a young age. Lauren is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a Bachelor of Science in dance. During her time in Madison she has worked with faculty choreographers Li Chiao-Ping, Liz Sexe, Collette Stewart, and Jin-Wen Yu, as well as guest artists Chien Kuei Chang, Rosalind Newman, and Carol Teitelbaum. Lauren has trained at Strictly Seattle in Seattle, WA, and most recently in Durham, NC at the American Dance Festival where she performed in a new work by Christian von Howard. Lauren's own choreography has been selected to perform in two student concerts at UW-Madison. In December 2016 she choreographed and performed a solo, and in April 2017 she collaborated with Dianne Kotsonis and Lyndsay Lewis in the creation of a trio. After graduation Lauren will continue to choreograph and perform as frequently as she can.
LYNDSAY LEWIS graduated with a dual degree in dance and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She has performed across the Midwest in Chicago, Madison, Detroit, and Duluth as well as in Lewiston, Maine and Seattle, Washington, and New York City. Internationally, Lyndsay has performed in Chepo, Panama, Puebla, Mexico, and most recently in Edinburgh, Scotland. As an independent artist, Lyndsay has presented her work at HH11 Dance Festival in Santa Barbara, CA, and Dumbo Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work has been highlighted in the Montecito Journal and commended by the Santa Barbara Independent as “elbow thrusting and satisfyingly visceral.” Lyndsay is the recipient of the 2017 Arts Institute’s Judson Undergraduate Award in the Creative Arts, and the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education. Lyndsay is currently a freelance dancer and choreographer in Madison, WI. In addition, she serves as the Company Manager for Li Chiao-Ping Dance, and Project Assistant to Marlene Skog.
ELISABETH ROSKOPF's passion for dance began at age 6 and she has been dancing ever since. She graduated with a BA in Piano and a minor in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2011. She is a company member with Li Chiao-Ping Dance and Danceworks Performance Company as well as a guest artist with Wild Space Dance Company, and an alumna of Catey Ott Dance Collective. Since the spring of 2014, Elisabeth has been performing in the Lake Arts Project, directed by Jennifer Miller and Karl von Rabenau of the Milwaukee Ballet. Since 2015, and still ongoing, she has choreographed and performed her solo works for Danceworks DanceLAB Get It Out There concert series.
LIZ SEXE is a dance educator, performer and choreographer/artistic director of Liz Sexe Dance. This will be Sexe’s tenth year dancing with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company! Over the years she has been privileged to be part of many athletically challenging and unique pieces choreographed by Li Chiao-Ping. As a performer, she is described as a “clean and efficient mover,” and having “toughness under her grace.” In her choreographic processes, tasks inspire poetic movement, game theory finds logical, yet often unexpected phrasing, and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. Her work as a director and producer is grounded in supporting the local dance community of Madison, WI. Liz Sexe Dance has curated and co-sponsored numerous dance productions in Madison including the most recent production Dane Arts Dance Arts, which was part of a Dane Arts initiative. She was an artist in residence with “The Bubbler” at the Madison Public Library during the summer of 2018. Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, HI, Danceworks in Milwaukee, WI, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she was an artist in residence in 2014, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she sets work on the current students.
LUELLA SHAPIRO graduated with a B.A. in Dance from Beloit College in 2006. Since then she has performed with Frente de la Danza in Quito, Ecuador, Agnieszka Laska Dancers in Portland, OR, and Kanopy Dance Company here in Madison. More recently she has been training and performing on dance trapeze and aerial rope at the Madison Circus Space. Luella has been dancing with Li Chiao-Ping since 2016. Many thanks and much love to her amazing kids and husband for helping make her dancing dreams a reality.
This fall marks JOHN G. FRAUTSCHY's 20th year working as a lighting designer and production manager based in Madison, and it still ranks as his favorite place to design and live. His local designs have included work with Forward Theater, Four Seasons Theater, UW Opera, Madison Opera, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Madison Repertory Theater, Madison Theater Guild, UW Theater, Kanopy Dance and Jazzworks Dance Company, and now Li Chiao-Ping Dance.
CHELE ISAAC works across several media including video, sound, sculpture, and pho- tography. Her installation works have been shown locally and nationally in art centers, project galleries, and museums. Her short films have been screened in group shows and film festivals in the US and internationally. Her latest film, a 7-channel video called the understory premiered in a solo show at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017. For the past year she has thrown herself into learning how to be a farmer. Isaac earned her MFA at the UW-Madison, serves on the Board of Visitors for the UW Department of Art and maintains a studio and collaborative arts space called maiahaus in downtown Madison.
Born to a classical pianist mom and a folk rock dad, music is in JULIA McCONAHAY's genes. She began training as a classical violinist from a young age, but it was her first non-classical experience with a fiddle group in high school that truly opened the door for Julia to begin to explore her own identity as a musician. Julia developed her own musical language by seeking out and sitting in with accomplished performers and groups and explored genres including punk, country, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, heavy metal, Celtic, Christian worship, ska, classic rock, etc. Julia has invested her calling as a musician and her love of music deeply into the Madison music scene. She is a three-time winner of the Madison Area Music Awards-Best String Instrumentalist Award. She is actively performing as a solo artist collaborating with Madison Circus Space, Underground Aerial, Music Theater of Madison, Tap It Works, and Deerwood Studios.
EMILY POPP is a performer, fashion designer and mom. She is an MFA candidate in Textiles and Fashion Design at UW-Madison. Emily has been a costume collaborator and designer with Proud Theater for four years. She has performed in local plays with Mercury Players Theater, independent films with Vantograde Productions, and in her own original pieces. Recent work includes It’s Me, performed at Fermentation Fest and Love Letter to Our Lakes, an outdoor, multi-location song and dance piece which traveled by canoe. Her current textile work uses scraps to explore how memory, known or unknown, is carried or passed within fabric and clothing. She is interested in true stories, ethics, and beauty.
DOUGLAS ROSENBERG (director/visual artist) has shown his work in video and video installation both in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, on public television, and in festivals around the world. He has received numerous grants and awards including an NEA Dance/Film/Video grant (with choreographer June Watanabe), an NEA/Southeast Media Fellowship, two Zellerbach Foundation grants, a Painted Bride Art Center New Forms Grant (co-recipient with Li Chiao-Ping), a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, an IZZIE award for his work with Ellen Bromberg and John Henry on "Singing Myself A Lullaby," and a fellowship from The Project on Death in America for another project with Ms. Bromberg. His video dance, "My Grandfather Dances" with Anna Halprin, was awarded the Director's Prize at the Jewish Video Festival, Judah Magnes Museum, in Berkeley. He has been an artist in residence at The Institute for Studies in the Arts, Bates Dance Festival, and the International Festival of Video Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His writing on dance for the camera has been published in journals including LEONARDO. Recent shows include Dance on Camera Festival, New York; Video Festival Riccione Teatro Televisione, Riccione, Italy; The Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; and Mostra de Vídeo Dansa de Barcelona, Spain. He was the director of the American Dance Festival's video archival program for over a decade and continues to direct ADF's Dancing for the Camera Festival.
PATRICK RUMBLE is a Professor in the Department of French and Italian, and affiliated faculty in the European Studies and Visual Culture Studies programs, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he specializes in the history of Italian cinema, literature, culture and society. He serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and is a contributor to ArtForum magazine. His books include Pier Paolo Pasolini: Contemporary Perspectives (1995), Allegories of Contamination: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life (1996), and a critical edition of avant-garde writer Elio Pagliarani’s The Girl Carla and Other Poems (2009). He is the editor of the recently released 3-DVD box-set Paolo Gioli: The Complete Film Works (Raro Video USA, 2016), which includes, as a special feature, Rumble’s documentary film on the contemporary avant-garde filmmaker and photographer Paolo Gioli. He is currently at work on a history of the Italian art cinema.