Dance company, artist in residence team up to dance for hope
Transcribing Dance Company and The Artist in Residence (AIR) Project will present Dancing for Hope at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, at Sentry’s Theater@1800.
Tickets are available through the Central Wisconsin Ticket Sales at www.cwtickets.com or by calling 715-498-2339. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Those age 6 and younger attend free. For more information, see the Dancing for Hope Facebook page or the event website at www.dancingforhope.org.
Dancing for Hope is a community-based performing arts event, which includes professional dance choreography focused on sharing stories of survival and hope. This is the second in a series of events by local dance professionals designed to raise awareness and funds for the Ministry Saint Michael’s Foundation’s Hope is Building campaign.
In July, the Dancing with Your Stars event featured local “celebrities” and dancers in a fun and interactive community event. Dancing for Hope continues this mission with an eclectic variety of modern and aerial dance performances.
Transcribing Dance Company performs “Dance Colloquy: Rene’s Story,” a narrative perspective of breast cancer warrior Rene Thompson-Krogman, choreographed by Charys Hess and performed by TDC company members Morgan Aeby, Kayla Dziak and Celia Sweet.
Hess is the founder and artistic director of TDC, a professional nonprofit postmodern dance company. TDC premiered “Dance Colloquy: Rene’s Story” in 2016 as part of additional campaign efforts with Ministry Foundation’s Hope is Building fundraising campaign.
“Heroes Amongst,” choreographed by Hess, and dancers from a local adult modern dance class Adult MOVES will conclude the evening’s performance.
Monarch Aerial Arts will present three aerial dance pieces titled “Broken,” “Angry” and “Hope,” choreographed and performed by Whitney Moore and Jamie Vanatta. Vanatta is the founder/owner of Monarch Aerial Arts that offers classes in the aerial silks, Lyra and aerial trapeze. Moore is an instructor at Monarch Aerial Arts.
“For Jen” is choreographed by Pamela Luedtke and performed by Luedtke and Dziak. Luedtke choreographed this piece in collaboration with Jen Bach during Bach’s battle with cancer beginning in August 2016. Bach died in December of 2016.
Amy Beversdorf is presenting “Here I Am,” a narrative piece set to an original poem celebrating the life of a loved one. Luedtke and Beversdorf are the founders of the AIR Project, a local organization designed to support artistic events by local performing artists; they are established through Central Wisconsin Community Foundation.
Dancing for Hope’s Artistic Director is Charys Hess, with co-Managing Directors Pamela Luedtke and Amy Beversdorf.