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.
ALFANSO CERVERA began his training at the age of four as a Ballet Folklorico (Mexican Folk dancing) dancer learning from renowned teachers of the Los Angeles community such as Rafael Valespuesta and Jose Vences. Being born and raised in San Bernardino, CA and dancing professionally at a young age with Ballet Folklorico Ressureccion and Grandeza Mexicana, he attended the UC Riverside and receiveda B.A and M.F.A in Experimental Choreography. As a current faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, his classes consist of engaging students in improvisation, contact improvisation, Ballet Folklorico and contemporary dance techniques. His works have been presented at the Judson Church Movement Research (New York City), Festival of Latin Contemporary Choreographers (San Francisco), Red Cat (Los Angeles), Pieter Performance Space (Santa Monica, CA), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Bushwick Studios (New York), and Lux Boreal’s 4x4 in Tijuana Mexico to name a few. A new member of LCPD, he has had the pleasure of working with Maria Gillespie, Doug Varone, Wendy Rogers, taisha paggett, Meg Wolfe, Julie Freeman, Sofia Carreras, Joel Smith, Crystal Sepulveda, and with my collective Primera Generacion Dance Collective (Rosa Rodriguez Frazier, Patricia Huerta, and Irvin Gonzalez).
KIMI EVELYN was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI where she began dancing at the tender age of 4. Her dance training began with ballet but, as she got older, she expanded her horizons to other styles including modern, contemporary and African dance. Her love for dance was revealed when she began dancing with Signature Dance Company. Signature allowed her to explore her purpose in dance and it initiated Kimi’s desire to grow and experience dance on a higher, more personal level. During her college career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimi had the opportunity to work with faculty like Chris Walker, Kate Corby and Collette Stewart. She also had the pleasure of working with former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member, Shayla Vie Jenkins while she attended the American Dance Festival. In her final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimi developed a short work that focused on the self-love and identity of African American women. Kimi continues to dance and develop work that focuses on the African-American experience specifically pertaining to the African-American woman. She is excited to be performing in Li Chiao-Ping’s Fortuna and cannot wait to help make the vision tangible.
CHARLI HARRIS, originally from Buffalo Grove, IL, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Dance and English Literature. She has recently appeared in works by Li Chiao-Ping and Christian von Howard. Under the mentorship of Liz Sexe, Charli choreographed and performed a solo for the 2018 Kloepper Concert. She has trained with Nick Pupillo (Visceral Dance Center) and Evelyn Rice Wells (The Exposure Movement). Since 2017, Charli has choreographed, written, and directed two mini-musicals for UW-Madison’s annual Humorology show, and she is currently the Executive Dance Producer of the organization. After graduation, Charli will continue to seek opportunities to create and collaborate and is a new company member of LCPD.
"PIPER" MORGAN HAYES grew up in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and began dancing during fourth grade. In May 2012, she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance. Immediately after graduation, she began her graduate studies, a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with Hollins University as well as began the production on a very special artist-in-residence project with the world renowned entertainment icon Cirque du Soleil. In August 2012, the creative dance piece was produced and presented to Cirque du Soleil representatives. Piper Morgan is continuing to pursue the study of dance, aerial/trapeze arts and a vast array of talented artists. Her focused goal is to expand the arts community in the Midwest by serving as a choreographer, guest artist, and professor of dance as well as forming her own dance company. She has served as a Guest Artist with Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), a Guest Teacher with UNCSA, and has performed at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) and DanceWorks (Milwaukee) in a special performance series known as, “Get It Out There.” In October 2018, she will be serving as a Guest Choreographer with Michigan State University. Currently, she serves as a Faculty Member with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater teaching Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pilates and Modern while choreographing several dance pieces each year and is a new member of LCPD.
LAUREN GIBBS (on leave) 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.
ELISABETH ROSKOPF was born in South Korea and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin where she began dancing at the age of 6. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she earned her BA in Piano and minor in Dance. She is a company member with Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Danceworks Performance MKE, and Wild Space Dance Company. She is currently a guest artist with the Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, and she has had the opportunity of performing with Marlene Skog Dance and Catey Ott Dance Collective. As a performer, she is described as "light as a feather, tough as nails" and "a joy to behold." Since the spring of 2014, Elisabeth has been performing in the Lake Arts Project, directed by Jennifer Miller and Karl von Rabenau formerly of the Milwaukee Ballet. Since 2013, and still ongoing, she has choreographed and performed her solo works for Danceworks DanceLAB Get It Out There concert series. In addition to her performing, she is also a ballet and contemporary teacher and choreographer in the Greater Milwaukee Area.
LIZ SEXE (on leave) 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 (on leave) 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.
YING XU obtained a B.F.A. at the Beijing Dance Academy in 2000 and received a M.F.A. at Case Western Reserve University in 2012. She also studied abroad at the Trinity Laban Institute in London in 2012. She is a soloist and was invited to perform in major theater and dance festivals throughout Europe, Americas and Asia. Her choreography has also been highly acclaimed by the media as “Refreshing!” She has choreographed and received many accolades in International Dance Festivals and competitions in Hungary, Turkmenistan, Japan, United Kingdom and Bosnia. She choreographed for Ivyside Dance Ensemble’s main stage concert at Penn State University-Altoona, at pre-college work-shops at Dance Department of UW-Madison. She had 20 years experience of teaching dance. Ying taught at Penn State University-Altoona, Case Western Reserve University; Beijing Normal University and Capital City University in Beijing and a few semesters at the Dance Department of UW-Madison; Yang Mei and TaoYuan Dance companies in Taiwan. and taught at the American College Dance Association Festival in UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. She was co-director for the international dance teacher workshop at the Dance Department of UW-Madison, where we invited 25 dance teachers from prestigious dance schools in China to take workshops in dance education. She is also the director of Living Stream Dance Academy since 2013, where she direct one dance concert each year, choreograph the original dance pieces for students and arranged the venue, program, lighting, costume, sets and advertisements for the annual dance concert.
Guest Artist SEÁN CURRAN's career in the arts spans 35 years, beginning with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston. He is known for his performance work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, for which he was honored with a “Bessie” award for his role in Secret Pastures, and as an original New York City cast member of STOMP! Curran’s 30 dance works for his professional ensemble Seán Curran Company are characterized by collaborations across genres and have toured to over 100 venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia. A graduate and faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Curran is currently an Arts Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance. He has over 25 years of teaching experience in modern technique, improvisation, body percussion and composition as a visiting artist at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, Boston's Conservatory of Music, and countless U.S. university dance departments and private studios. Irish American Magazine selected Curran as one of its "Top 100” in 2002 and he has been awarded several Choreographer's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as at Sweden's Danstation Theatre and France's EXIT Festival. Happiest when making new work, Curran hopes to continue to be an ambassador for the art of dance by building and educating the dance audiences of tomorrow.
ELISA HILDNER, originally from Naperville, IL is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a B.S. in dance and a certificate in Pilates. She is currently dancing for multiple companies: Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Liz Sexe Dance, and Jin-Wen Yu Dance. In her time at the University, she has performed under faculty members Li Chiao-Ping, Liz Sexe, Collette Stewart, Chris Walker, Jin-Wen Yu and guest artists Scott Ewen, Rosalind Newman, Brooke Smiley, Carol Teitelbaum, and Christian Von Howard. While in undergrad, the dance department awarded her the Helen Pfuderer Smith Scholarship and the Lydia Z. Shafer Memorial Scholarship for continued dance education, as well as the Barbra Walls Scholarship which supported for Elisa to attended Bates Dance Festival and Hubbard Street’s summer intensive. She was awarded the Buff Brennan Senior Honors Award which she used to present choreography research in the form of an evening length performance entitled she/her/hers. Upon graduation, Elisa was awarded the Anna R. Nassif Dance Award for her choreographic works created as a student. Elisa currently is a Pilates instructor whose goal is for each of her clients to find their own body discoveries and develop their own physical autonomy. She strongly believes in the health benefits of Pilates and dance practices and is an advocate for inclusion and movement for all.
DIANNE KOTSONIS, originally from Brookfield, WI, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) in August 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in dance and certificates in Pilates and business. While at the UW she has worked with faculty members Li Chiao-Ping, Liz Sexe, Collette Stewart, Chris Walker, and Jin-Wen Yu. Dianne has also worked with several guest artists including Chien Kuei Chang, Julie Mayo, Jamie McHugh, Brooke Smiley, and Carol Teitelbaum. In spring of 2017 Dianne performed Lyndsay Lewis’s piece “this digging reminds you” at the HH11 Dance Festival in Santa Barbara, CA, and then again at DUMBO Dance Festival in the summer of 2018. That same year Dianne choreographed and presented work in the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the UW and was awarded the Barbara Waltz Scholarship to attend Bates Dance Festival, where she took class, performed, and choreographed. For her final undergraduate year Dianne received the Senior Honors Award to conduct research and presented her own concert “Cultivating an Inexhaustible Supply” in April 2019. Dianne now lives in Madison, WI and continues to and dance for Li Chiao-Ping Dance and Jin-Wen Yu.
CASSIE LAST from Cambridge, WI, is a senior at UW-Madison, pursing a BFA in Dance and prerequisites for Physical Therapy. She began her training at Studio 3-D at the age of 4. She has continued her training at UW-Madison as well as the LA Contemporary Dance Company Summer Intensive and, most recently, the Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program. At UW-Madison she has performed in works by faculty members, Li Chiao-Ping and Chris Walker. She has also performed in Li Chiao-Ping’s concerts “ARENA” and “DOLCE STIL NOVO”. Cassie has had many opportunities to perform works with guest artists, including Scott Ewen, Carol Teitelbaum (reset Merce Cunningham “MinEvent”), Brooke Smiley (reset “Paper Dance” by Anna Halprin), Dyane Harvey-Salaam (reset “Be Flowin’” by Abdel Salaam), and Christian von Howard, as well as works by many other student choreographers at UW-Madison. As a choreographer, Cassie’s group piece “Swept Under” was selected to perform in the 2018 Kloepper Concert. She has also choreographed multiple times for Cambridge High School Show Choir and collaboratively choreographed and performed in two group pieces that were selected for the 2017 and 2018 H’Doubler Concerts. After graduating, Cassie plans to continue performing and choreographing as frequently as she can.
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.