Between Constructions of Desire

Between Constructions of Desire 

Friday April 5th, 7:30pm
Saturday April 6th, 2:00pm

Jan Serr Studio  – UWM’s Kenilworth Square East – 6th Floor
2155 N Prospect Ave.  

General-$15* / Seniors & Students w/ID & Under 18- $12*.  *Price includes Box Office Fees

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Maria Gillespie | The Collaboratory will present Between Constructions of Desire, a movement installation exploring the links between interior space and external space – within which lies desire of the always localized self and body. Embodied experience is brought into relief by the concrete explorations of body, object, and space. Influenced by minimalist dance and visual art, this dance extends the bodies’ flesh spaces into architectural space as “a medium of experience”, and one that reminds us of the inherent desire that space leverages to express power, labor, tenderness, and the promise of impermanence.

  • Choreography and direction: Maria Gillespie
  • Dancers and collaborators: Katelyn Altmann, Amanda Laabs, Annie Peterson*
  • Music composition and performance: Countess Olivia Valenza
  • Sculptures: Glenn Williams

*Dancers are UWM Student Undergraduate Research Fellows Jan 2018-May 2019.

This performance is made possible with support from the UWM Department of Dance, The Peck School of the Arts, and the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research.

Collaborating Artists

KATELYN ALTMANN is a movement artist, collaborator and improviser currently working and residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began her early movement studies in Stevens Point, Wisconsin under the direction of Pamula Luedtke, Marlene Turbin-Weldon, and Michael Estanish. She acknowledges her lineage as the vehicle for her inherent connection to her artistry, collaborative approach and somatic influences within her processes. She is completing her last semester pursuing her BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance + Choreography, within the Peck School of the Arts and has performed with Wild Space Dance Company, as well as with the collaborative music + movement improvisational ensemble, Hyperlocal MKE.  Katelyn has also presented her choreographic works throughout Milwaukee, at the Seattle Festival for Dance Improvisation [SFDI], as well as having her work be selected to represent the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the American College Dance Association [ACDA]. Katelyn has worked closely with various International artists, Milwaukee-based artists, and guest artists, including, Ishmael Huston-Jones, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Maria Gillespie, Daniel Burkholder, Esmé Boyce, Simone Ferro, Kym McDaniel, Maggie Seer and Holly Johnston [Ledges and Bones]. Collaboration with these artists and community members is key within her creative explorations. This is Katelyn’s third semester as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at UW – Milwaukee, immersed in movement research under the mentorship of faculty member, Maria Gillespie.
 AMANDA LAABS is a mover, an artist, and an art-maker. Born in Fredonia, Wisconsin she started her dance training at a local dance studio, Lake Shore Dance. She graduated from Ozaukee High School and Lake Shore Dance in 2015. She is currently a fourth-year undergrad at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance and Choreography and a minor in Somatics. As she specializes in modern, contemporary, and improvisation, she has also trained in Ballet, Pointe, and Jazz. At UWM she has performed works by faculty Simone Ferro, Maria Gillespie, Dani Kuepper, Mair Culbreth, and guest artists, Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Holly Johnston (Ledges and Bones). Most recently she has performed with WildSpace Dance Company and Hyperlocal MKE. Laabs has also recently premiered two choreographic works, “Ascension After the Fourth” at UWM as her senior project, and “the beginning of the end” at Danceworks DanceLab: Get It Out There. Laabs has received a research fellowship at UWM under mentorship of professor, Maria Gillespie.

ANNIE PETERSON is a movement artist, collaborator, and activist who creates movement-based projects. AP grew up dancing and writing, and at an early age discovered the importance of resilient art-making as a vehicle to provoke conversation and stimulate change. Her desire to create, perform, and serve the art community lead her to Milwaukee, where she is currently pursuing a BFA in the Peck School of the Arts, double majoring in Contemporary Dance Performance & Choreography and Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies (concentration in Public Relations and focus on nonprofit work) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. AP has performed and shared both her solo and collaborative projects throughout Milwaukee and in the Young Choreographer’s/New Works Showcase at Bates Dance Festival. She has performed in the works of many UW-Milwaukee faculty members, guest choreographers, and Milwaukee-based artists, including Maria Gillespie, Dawn Springer, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Joelle Worm, Simone Ferro, Dani Kuepper, Zachary Byron Schorsch, and Maggie Seer. She has also performed with Wild Space Dance Company and is a collaborating artist with Hyperlocal MKE. During her time at UWM, AP has received three Undergraduate Research Fellowships to conduct both somatic and movement research under the mentorships of Daniel Burkholder (2018) and Maria Gillespie (2018-19).

C. OLIVIA VALENZA is a student composer and clarinetist based in Milwaukee, WI.  In her work as a clarinetist and performer, she simply enjoys making weird and lovely noises with weird and lovely people. Her improvisational language and electro-acoustic work often emphasizes fragile, yet guttural, complex sounds. She believes in the paradigm being a composer/performer offers, striving to create pieces that provide in the moment experiences of listening and creating for both the performers and the audience.

Glenn Williams received his M.F.A degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in Sculpture; Mr. Williams also completed an M.A. degree at the University of Northern Iowa with a dual emphasis in Sculpture and Metals.  He was trained in the tradition of metal fabrication and object making, but his artistic practice and research interests span a multitude of creative platforms.  In his work he explores various social constructs and their impact on our social realities. His work has been exhibited in numerous invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the United States.  Currently, Mr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of the Sculpture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.