In tune with the season, the UW-Milwaukee Dance Department’s Winterdances: Woven looked inward—its aim, the training of young artists. The atmosphere was established by the thoughtful preshow jazz of pianist Josh Robinson, percussionist Mitch Shiner and bassist Michael Ritter. This fine trio accompanied the opening dance, a full staging by department chair Darci Brown Wutz of “The Cell Block Tango” from the musical Chicago. Training for the commercial musical theater seemed the reason for including it. The dancing was strong, the singing passable, the commitment commendable, the piece what it is.
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