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Kanopy Dance Company


Hailed by critics as “soulfully fearless," “a creative triumph,” and providing a “rivetingly bold evening of contemplative dance theater," Kanopy Dance Company's expressionistic and emotionally charged works combine the dramatic physical integrity of modern dance and contemporary ballet with dance-theater. The company’s repertory features works by its Artistic Directors, as well as local, regional, national and international choreographers, all linked by the desire to create thought-provoking dance that is by turns elegant, bold, humorous, even romantic--but always compelling. Founded in 1976, Kanopy has been under the artistic direction of Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell since 1995.


… It was a wickedly discordant riptide, cutting deep one moment, bringing peals of audience laughter the next. Drama boldly shared the spotlight with movement… Kanopy dancers resoundingly proved they can move and act, tackling emotionally demanding material that often swung crazily between funny and severe, and that also required them move in alternative ways.” – Karyn Saemann, Capital Times


“…Both Thurrell and Cleary have a Midas touch with Romantic material.” – Susan Kepecs, The Daily Page


Kanopy Dance Company is represented by Jodi Kaplan & Associates on their Boutique National Roster.








Kanopy Dance Company
Lisa Thurrell and Robert Cleary, Artistic Directors
341 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
[email protected]