UWM Chamber Music students collaborate with Danceworks

Peck School of the Arts graduate students in The Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music will perform live accompaniment March 3-6 to an upcoming Danceworks Performance Company production, “Writing About Music/Dancing About Architecture.”

UWM musicians Ernest Brusubardis IV (left), Jiwon Lee and Jichen Li. (UWM Photo/Sandi Manikowski)
UWM musicians Ernest Brusubardis IV (left), Jiwon Lee and Jichen Li. (UWM Photo/Sandy Manikowski)

While student dancers occasionally work with community dance companies, it isn’t usual for music students to have such collaboration built into their curriculum, according to Bernard Zinck, associate professor of music. Zinck saw it as an opportunity for the musicians: “Dance offers another way of expressing emotions, musicality and ideas. Musicians can gain a broader understanding by exploring and observing these different mean of expression.”

Danceworks has long focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and was enthused about the opportunity, said Dani Kuepper, artistic director. Dancers enjoy performing with live music, she added. “There is an exchange of thought and nuance that is much more rich than what can occur with recorded sound.”

Danceworks/Peck School of the Arts performances at the Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St.:

7:30 p.m. – March 3-5
2:30 p.m. – March 6

Tickets: Reserved – $27; general – $22; student/senior – $16.

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