Content warning: This performance contains descriptions of racial violence and discrimination.
Please take care of your own needs and honor your body while viewing.
Join us for an evening of multidisciplinary dance theater in a very special collaboration between visual artist Douglas Rosenberg, sound designer/composer Tim Russell, dramaturg Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento and choreographer Li Chiao-Ping. The collaborators investigate “truth” as it relates to positionality, power, access and equity. Employing hyperbole, absurdity and raw dance/physical theater, “Here Lies the Truth” has brought together a powerful cast of dancers from across the county to perform their truths, share their stories and be seen in their identities in radical acts on stage.
“Here Lies the Truth” complicates the simplistic and simplifies the complex. The essence of this work is grounded in the truths we hold in our bodies: a deep knowing that is felt and sensed. Born from a commitment to telling personal truths, the collaboration has led to the re-examining of narratives put forth by those in power and those put forth by our own biases. We continue to investigate how to cope with such dissonance. With so much laid bare and little sense of justice, as a community of movers we sort through these murky layers of truths, half-truths, and untruths.
In addition to the esteemed collaborators, Here Lies the Truth features BIPOC dance artists JP Alejandro, Kimi Evelyn, Cuauhtli Ramirez Castro, Elisabeth Roskopf, and Abbi Stickels alongside LCPD’s talented company dancers.
Please stay after the performances for a short talkback, moderated by a different facilitator each night:
Sima Belmar (Thursday), Talia Guzmán-González (Friday), Michael Rau (Saturday)
LCPD’s work and events are made possible in part by the generous support of Altrusa International of Madison; Fund for Children administered by the Madison Community Foundation; Dane County Nonprofit Assistance Fund; Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation Inc., and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department, the OVCRGE, WARF, and Vilas Trustees; Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Midwest; National Endowment for the Arts; and LCPD’s Circle of Friends.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Li Chiao-Ping (She/Her) named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to watch”, has choreographed for musical theater, opera, and ballet, in addition to concert dance, dance theater, and screendance; she creates works for dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Ms. Li earned her graduate degree from UCLA and was on faculty at Mills College, the Director of the Hollins College Dance Program, and former Chair of the UW-Madison Dance Department, where she continues to teach. She formed Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 1990 and co-directed the SF-based Dziga Vertov Performance Group with Douglas Rosenberg from 1992-94. Li has been praised by critics in the New York Times, Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. A recipient of numerous awards, grants and honors, including grants from the NEA, MAP Fund, and awards from the Asian Pacific Women’s Network, National Arts Association, and the Los Angeles Arts Council first prize awards for performance and choreography, Li was the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program. She has received choreographic distinctions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Dance Council, Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. Her work has been shown at Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, PS122, Internacional Festival de Video Danza, The Yard, ADF, Kennedy Center, and other festivals-venues. She recently received her fourth grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Li is also the creator of The Extreme Moves Training MethodSM/TM, received one of the highest honors bestowed by UW, a Vilas Research Professorship, and is also honored to be the Sally Banes Professor of Dance.
Learn more at lcpdance.com
Li Chiao-Ping (she/her) – Concept/Direction (in collaboration with the creative team)
Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento (she/her) – Collaborator/Dramaturg/Vocal Coach
Douglas Rosenberg (he/him) – Collaborator/Visual Design
Hong Huo (she/her) – design assistant
Tim Russell (he/him) – Collaborator/Sound Design
John Frautschy – Lighting Designer
Jacob Li Dai Loong Rosenberg – Images
Veda Manly – Costume Assistant
JP Alejandro (he/him)
Kimi Evelyn (she/her)
Lauren Gerlowski (she/her)
Piper Morgan Hayes (she/her)
Elisa Hildner (she/her)
Cassie Last (she/her)
Elisabeth Roskopf (she/her)
Abbi Stickels (she/they)
Cuauhtli Ramirez Castro (he/him)
with Li Chiao-Ping(she/her)
Header Photo credit: Caitriona Quirk, Artist Featured: Elisabeth Roskopf, Alfonso Cervera, JP Alejandro
Alt Text: Three dancers dressed in white on a stage. Two dancers kneel at the back of a stage facing the audience watching the third dancer who stands on one foot at the center of the stage. She touches her right knee towards her right elbow as she draws her hands towards one another. Her hands are delicate, as if she is holding a string and careful not to break it. Below the dancers is a thin sheet of plastic, all are careful not to tear. Behind the dancers is footage of violence from a protest. One clear flash is just behind the head of the standing dancer.