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2015-16 Performing Arts Series

Welcome to another great season of performances in the Performing Arts Series! All performances begin at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. The first seven performances are presented in the Richard & Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall located inside the Center for the Arts. The last performance is presented in the Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery located inside Ullsvik Hall.

Tickets for all performances are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608.342.1298 or 877.727.1CFA (toll free) or use the Online Box Office at

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Michael Mao Dance

Friday, September 25

Michael Mao Dance is a critically acclaimed New York based modern dance company with an international corps of accomplished dancers. Passionate, yet meticulously crafted, Mao’s work is infused with a visceral, elemental power. His dances fill the stage with compelling images and enthrall audiences with their emotional immediacy. Rooted in the traditions of American modern dance, Mao’s works are graced with the formal considerations of classical ballet and reveal the choreographer’s Asian heritage in their spare yet expansive choreographic means.

Dances by Michael Mao have been performed worldwide. Commissions include original works for the Hong Kong Ballet, Café de la Danse, Paris, Festival Internaciónal Cervantinó, Mexico, and the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble. He has created over 50 works for his company that have been presented in New York City at the Joyce, Dance Theater Workshop, Kaye Playhouse, City Center Danspace, Symphony Space, Riverside Theatre, Madison Square Garden and at Purchase College. Michael Mao Dance has toured in Europe, throughout the continental US and Mexico, and to the major cities of China.

This performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bert Glanz Endowed Fund for Classical Performing Arts.

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Igudesman & Joo: And now mozart

Thursday, October 22

More than 35 million YouTube views and sold-out performances around the world have turned the inspired lunacy of musicians Igudesman & Joo into a global hit show. For them, the mix of music, comedy and theatre is its own art form.

The New York Times said of their New Year’s Eve, 2013 debut with the New York Philharmonic, “Their blend of classical music and comedy, laced with pop culture references and a wholly novel take on the word slapstick, is fueled by genuine, dazzling virtuosity.”

Think South Park meets Bach, a mash-up of The Simpsons and West Side Story, and you have some idea of the mayhem created at the highest level of musicianship on worldwide stages – and immortalized on YouTube -- by violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo, two classically-trained artists who are filling concert halls and stadiums with their uproarious, sidesplitting approach to the concert performance.

This performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Brodbeck Theater Fund.

Tina Packer and Nigel Gore

Women of will: The Overview

Friday, November 20

A combination of riveting scenes and trenchant analysis, Women of Will explores themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence, and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Using performance and discussion, Tina Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters, and examines Shakespeare’s own journey and growth as a writer.

Director Eric Tucker returns to join forces with Packer and her talented acting mate, Nigel Gore, giving the trio another opportunity to tackle Shakespeare’s canon. Packer and Gore have starred opposite each other in several productions, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (which netted Gore an Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor in 2010), Antony & Cleopatra, and Hamlet.

This Overview is a comprehensive presentation of Shakespearean scenes, insights, and discussion taken from the full five-part series. It covers the full breadth of Shakespeare’s works.


Want a copy of the 2015-2016 PAS ticket booklet? If you have a high-speed Internet connection, then click here! Otherwise, please call the University Box Office at 877.727.1CFA to have one mailed to you.

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