LCPD COMPANY: 2015-2016 Season


Lauren_Atkins_headshot.jpgLauren Gibbs is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance in 2010. After graduating she moved from California to New York to further explore dance. There she performed under the direction of Kendra Portier in Dance New Amsterdam's Performance Project 2011. While in New York, she also practiced with Dana Ruttenburg and Shen Wei Dance Arts. In 2012, she reclaimed her dancing roots in San Diego performing in San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances under the direction of Joseph Alter.  She has also practiced with companies such as Doug Varone and Dancers and Joe Goode Performance Group.  Along with dancing for LCPD, Lauren is dancing for Liz Sexe Dance Company in her second year. Her experience stems from competitive gymnastics and modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop dance. Lauren is thrilled to be a new resident of Madison and to have the opportunity to perform with LCPD!

Emily_Janik_headshot.jpgEmily Janik is a choreographer, teacher, and performer who graduated with a BA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014. Emily has recently performed and choreographed for Theatre LILA in their productions of The Suitcase Dreams and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This summer she will participate in Theatre LILA’s “Pop Up” performances in various downtown Madison locations, and perform with the Liz Sexe Dance Company in Living Among; Feeding Upon.  Besides dancing, Emily teaches Pilates at Pilates Central in downtown Madison. 

Rachel_Krinksy_headshot.JPGRachel Krinsky trained at the Wisconsin School of Ballet in the 1970s and ‘80s and was a member of Jazzworks in 1985 before leaving dance for other pursuits. She began dancing again in 2006 and became a member of Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 2007. By day, Rachel is CEO of the YWCA Madison, a non-profit organization working to empower women and eliminate racism. Rachel thanks her husband, Scott Titus and children, Kenna and Nathan, for their enthusiasm and encouragement.

Amelia_Morris_headshot.pngAmelia Morris graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a B.F.A. in contemporary dance focused on choreography. She has had many experiences with site-specific dancing and collaborating with students, faculty and guest artists. Amelia is inspired by physicality and strong somatic experiences through dance which she recognized in the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, motivating her to audition and later to accept a company member position with LCPD. Amelia is extremely excited to start her dance career with a company that matches her own movement qualities.

Liz_Sexe_headshot.jpgLiz Sexe is a dance educator, performer and choreographer/artistic director of Liz Sexe Dance Company established in 2014. She performs both regionally and nationally with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company and Marlene Skog and Dancers. She is described as a “clean and efficient mover,” and having “toughness under her grace.” Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, UW-Madison, Danceworks in Milwaukee, WI, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, WI, and the UW-Eau Claire where she was an artist in residence. In her processes, tasks inspire poetic movement, game theory finds logical, yet often unexpected phrasing, and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. She received her M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Currently, Sexe is a lecturer in UW-Madison’s Dance Department. When Sexe is not dancing, she is a Pilates instructor at Pilates Central in Madison, WI.
Li_Chiao-Ping_headshot.jpgLi Chiao-Ping was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to watch”. She formed Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 1990 and co-directed Dziga Vertov Performance Group from 1992-94. Renowned for her solo work, she is also well known for her multimedia and intergenerational productions. Her collaborations with Douglas Rosenberg include dance films such as “De L’eau,” “Residues,” “Periphery,” “Grace,” and a suite of dances made for the camera which were co-funded by Wisconsin Public Television and Bravo! FACT of Canada. A prolific choreographer of more than 130 works for stage and screen, Ms. Li’s dances have been shown throughout the world.  Ms. Li has received 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. She has also received choreographic fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. Professor Li is the recipient of the Romnes Award, the Creative Arts Award from the Arts Institute, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Wisconsin Dance Council Award in Choreography and Performance, and the Vilas Associate Award.  She was the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and has been commissioned by dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Ms. Li earned her Master of Arts degree from UCLA and has been on faculty at Hollins University, Mills College, and UW-Madison where she is Chair. The “Seven Solos: A Documentary”, directed by Douglas Rosenberg and made about her “Women Dancing” solo project, premiered in the 2012 Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York. She was recently been accepted as a Fulbright Specialist and honored with a UW System Woman of Color Award.
Brianna_Kauer_headshot.jpgBrianna Zahasky Kauer graduated with a B.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and also studied dance at Middlesex University in London. She has performed at the American College Dance Festival, and World Dance Alliance festival; and danced with Time Track Productions, Rosy Simas Dance, and Li Chiao-Ping Dance. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and works for Achieving Collaborative Treatment. She is the wife to a brilliant physicist and the mother to three wonderful children.
Education Faculty/Rehearsal Assistant

Janelle Bentley, a native of St. Paul, MN and UW-Madison graduate (B.F.A. in Dance), has performed nationally and internationally with Kate Corby & Dancers, Carrie Hanson/The Seldoms, Kun-Yang Lin, Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Susan Marshall Company, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker, Scott Wells, and Jin-Wen Yu. In 2012, Janelle traveled to northern Israel to study with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). In 2013, she was invited to join KCDC's young company as the only non-Israeli apprentice. Janelle currently teaches dance and Pilates at UW-Madison and is an active member of the Jewish community.



Li Chiao-Ping (artistic director, choreographer, dancer) named by Dance Magazine as one of “25 to watch”, makes work for the stage, screen, and other sites—most recently the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Her work has been shown at national and international festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, The Yard, Internacional Festival de Video Danza, and the American Dance Festival among others. Recipient of grants from the NEA and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Li¬mon, she is the subject of two documentaries and honored to be a Discovery Fellow at the WID, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and a 2013 Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award recipient. She was part of ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and created works for dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. She is the Artistic Director of Li Chiao-Ping Dance and Professor in the Dance Department at UW-Madison, where she served as Chair from 2011-2014. 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. She is the creator of The Extreme Moves Training MethodSM/TM.

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.

Cat Wilson (lighting designer) is pleased to be returning for her third year with the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company. She designs for dance, theatre, opera, and live events. Past dance credits include work with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Theatre Group's Dance This!, and Chicago Dance Crash. Other work includes Opera Theatre Pittsburgh, The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY), Hiawatha Project, Pittsburgh Symphony, Collective Theatre Company (Chicago), and The Den Theatre. She recently received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

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