Performing Arts

Lindsey Abendschein / First Stage

Going to the theater can be difficult for families with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. There are a lot of possible triggers. Bright lights, loud noises and other unexpected elements can be incredibly overwhelming. But theater can also be a great way to immerse kids in a culture that teaches empathy and encourages human connections. So how do you give kids those opportunities, while maintaining a safe environment?

Rachel Morello

Summer is in full swing, and many Milwaukee kids are in the throes of summer camp.

And for a group of local teenagers, it has been a mix of work and play.

Mark Frohna

Like most operettas by the 19th century collaborators, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance is full of glorious – and deceptively difficult – music and broadly drawn, almost stock characters of manly men and comely women. But while the show has been lauded for its satire, it's not exactly a "feminist" show. 

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Alverno Presents has made a lasting mark on Milwaukee’s performing arts scene. For 57 years, the presenting organization has worked out of the Alverno College campus to bring innovative modern dance companies, world class jazz, and world music to Milwaukee audiences.

photo by Paul Mitchell / Wild Space Dance Company

Wild Space Dance Company takes its name seriously. For three decades, founder and artistic director Deb Loewen has taken dancers and audience members on creative and wild adventures.

Site specific works, often in places like industrial ruins in the Menomonee Valley, or an old building in the 5th Ward, push the notions of movement, performance and of dance itself.

Troye Fox

The dance department at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts opens a four-performance run of its Winterdances 2016 series, titled Evolve as We EnterThursday night. The performance showcases work by a number of choreographers, including Deb Loewen, Dani Kuepper and Amaniyea Payne.

Photo by Michael Brosilow / Milwaukee Rep

There are many talents that go into making a successful theater production.  There are actors, the playwright, stage hands, and directing and design teams.  Most directors have a stable of scenic and lighting and costume designers they like to work with. And Milwaukee Rep’s artistic director Mark Clements is no different.

John Nienhuis

Of all the things you can be grateful for this week, the one that often tops the list is love. (Awww.) Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s entire season is devoted to the theme of “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Mark Frohna

Lerner and Lowe’s musical My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle is made over into a society lady as an experiment by Professor Henry Higgins.

David DeSilva / Axis Dance Company

This week one of the more innovative and inspiring modern dance companies in the country will call Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Arts Center their temporary home. Axis Dance Company is based in Oakland, California, and draws on the equal talents of able bodied and disabled dancers alike to expand on the idea of what movement can be and is for.

KACM Theatrical Productions

Jim Morrison lived fast and died young, like some other notorious rock stars.  The leader of the 1960s and 70s rock band The Doors is best-known for songs such as “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “People Are Strange.”  But you probably know him for his poetry – the kind that doesn’t generally come with musical accompaniment.

Photo by Dan Bishop

The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, is just about here. In celebration, music and dance will be playing out among the landscape of the Lynden Sculpture Garden this weekend. The performance is a special collaborative performance of the 17th Century Purcell classic The Fairy Queen.

Present Music

This Friday evening, Milwaukee's Present Music presents its season finale concert, called "Present Music Nation," at The Warehouse. One of the pieces that can be heard is from a new community collaboration called ComposeMilwaukee.

Quasimondo Theatre / thequasimondo.com

The Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí is famous for works like his painting The Persistence of Memory and his Dada film, Andalusian Dog.

Dalí himself was nothing if not eccentric and grandiose – and highly imaginative. He wrote of his love of “everything that is gilded and excessive” and his passion for luxury.

Adam Ryan Morris

A little over 6 years ago, a new theater company came onto the Milwaukee stage. Uprooted Theatre was formed by four Wisconsin African American theater professionals who wanted to ensure their stories were being told and actors of color were being hired – and not just for “black” parts.

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