Melting Plot

Each year, one of the area’s most innovative dance programs takes place during the dog days of summer. But don’t let the August swelter keep you from Danceworks’ Art to Art. The idea is simple: to bring choreographers and dancers together with artists of other genres – poets, filmmakers, composers, actors, playwrights – and let them create a short performance from scratch. Other artists are enlisted as observers of the artistic process, helping with ideas along the way. As the program’s reputation has grown, more of Milwaukee’s best have joined, so expect even better performances than last year’s excellent program.…

Each year, one of the area’s most innovative dance programs takes place during the dog days of summer. But don’t let the August swelter keep you from Danceworks’ Art to Art. The idea is simple: to bring choreographers and dancers together with artists of other genres – poets, filmmakers, composers, actors, playwrights – and let them create a short performance from scratch. Other artists are enlisted as observers of the artistic process, helping with ideas along the way. As the program’s reputation has grown, more of Milwaukee’s best have joined, so expect even better performances than last year’s excellent program.

Art to Art (Aug. 2-4). Danceworks Studio Theatre. 1661 N. Water St., 414-277-8480, danceworksmke.org.

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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.