Winifred Haun & Dancers

Winifred Haun & Dancers

The mission of Winifred Haun & Dancers is to create and produce the dance works of Ms. Haun and other midwest artists and to make those works available to the widest possible audience. Part of the Company’s artistic vision is to have dance viewed not only in the context of professional presentation, but also at the community level and in non-traditional performance venues.

Winifred Haun & Dancers was founded in Chicago in the 1990’s by award winning choreographer and dancer, Winifred Haun. In 2001, the Company went on hiatus for several years while Ms. Haun raised her young children. The Company re-located to Oak Park in 2006. In the two decades since its founding, the Company has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including features in the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WTTW-TV (PBS), and WBEZ (NPR) Radio. The Company has also received Critic’s Choice awards from the Chicago Reader, and TimeOut Chicago, and reviews and articles at,,,, and others.

In 2000, the Company received the Ruth Page Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Dance in Chicago” for initiating and producing Chicago’s NEXT Dance Festival, which grew to be the midwest’s largest dance festival for the new work of Chicago area artists. In 2009, the Company was selected to receive the Oak Park Area Arts Council’s prestigious “Best in Class” Award and in 2014, the Company was chosen to present Vision, Faith & Desire: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham at the Pritzker Pavilion and at Pleasant Home. In 2015, the Company received an award from the MacArthur Foundation for an international artistic collaboration, “Trashed.”


“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”
—Barbara Hemphill

Trashed is an international choreographic collaboration between Chicago Choreographer Winifred Haun and Australian Circus Artist Emma Serjeant. The work combines Modern Dance with Contemporary Circus to tell the story of how humans have to come to clutter their lives with too much stuff, and how all that stuff keeps us from each other.

Company Members

Solomon Bowser (Assistant Artistic Director, Company Dancer) is from Atlanta, GA, where he performed as a member of the Harambee Dance Company and taught at many dance studios throughout the city. In 2006, the DeKalb County School System recognized Timothy for his work in the community specifically for his contributions to the youth in the field of dance. Solomon went on to attend Columbia College Chicago in 2010. While at Columbia he performed and choreographed many student pieces. He represented the Dance Center of Columbia College at the 32nd Annual Black College Dance Exchange at Chicago State University. Solomon has danced with WH&D since 2013. As well as dancing with Winifred Haun & Dancers, Solomon serves as Program Manager at the American Rhythm Center.

Zada Cheeks (Assistant Choreographer, Company Dancer) is originally from Aurora, IL. He was an apprentice with River North Dance Chicago for two years. He has danced and performed nationally and internationally and he is a much sought after teacher and performer. He danced with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for 11 years. Zada has been with Winifred Haun & Dancers since 2010.

Ariel Dorsey (Company Dancer) is a native of Chicago, she began dancing at age 7 at Southwest Fine Arts Academy (now known as Premier One Dance Academy). She danced there for seven years performing in countless recitals and dance competitions. She began her professional dance training at Chicago Academy for the Arts under the direction of Anna Paskevska and Randy Duncan. Ariel went on to further her dance studies at SUNY Purchase College in New York where she graduated with a BFA in dance. While at SUNY-Purchase, she worked with Nelly Van Bommel, Pam Tanowitz, Jonathan Alsberry, and Ori Flormen. Miss Dorsey just recently performed a new work by Ori Flomin at New York Live Arts. She was awarded the Jules Stone award in 2009 at Dance Olympus National Finals in New York City. She has danced with Winifred Haun and Dancers since 2013.

Michael Gee moved to Chicago five years ago after graduating from Western Kentucky University. He joined Innervation Dance Cooperative in 2012 and Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2014.

Rebekah Kuczma was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she received the majority of her dance education. Some highlights of her career include: two European tours with The Pillow Project, performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow with REED Dance, and apprenticing with Chicago based company, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Rebekah recently moved to Chicago with hopes to be a part of the great dance community and to further her love for sharing dance with the youth. She joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2016.

Tech/Design Credits

Choreography: Winifred Haun & Emma Serjeant
Sound design: Barry Bennett
Lighting design: Gina Patterson
Costumes: Jeff Hancock

Sponsored /funded by

Trashed was made possible with major funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with additional support from Circus Oz (of Melbourne Australia), Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, and Principle Dance of Forest Park.

Winifred Haun & Dancers is supported by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, International Connections Fund at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Villages of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest, Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard St. Dance Center, Historic Pleasant Home, Legere Dance Center, Principle Dance of Forest Park, Audience Architects, Voice of the City and over 100 individuals.

Kanopy Dance Company
Bound and Determined / Lamentation Variation / Prelude & Fugue

Kanopy Dance Company

Kanopy Dance Company

Kanopy Dance Company’s mission is “to promote, encourage, and increase the public’s knowledge of and appreciation for the arts, including the art of dance; to coordinate and provide services to the arts to foster their growth and practice; and, to engage and teach the art of dance.”
Kanopy Dance Company presents original dance, historical masterworks, works by its Artistic Directors, local, national and international choreographers, linked by the desire to create thought provoking dramatic dance. Kanopy is comprised of Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy2, Kanopy Academy and Kanopy Studio.
Directed by Cleary and Thurrell since 1995, Kanopy is resident company of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Wisconsin (founded: 1976).
Kanopy’s annual season includes performances in its home theater at Overture, touring, and outreach. Kanopy performs new works and historical masterworks licensed by: Martha Graham Dance Company, Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, Charles Weidman Fdtn, Pascal Rioult, RIOULTDANCE NY, Martin Lofsnes 360 Dance Comany, Donlin Foreman On Common Ground, Sandra Kaufmann, Miki Orihara, Yuriko, Carrie Elmore Tallitch, Deborah Hay, Stanley Love, Stanley Love Performance Group, Kraig Patterson, Bopi Black Sheep Dance, Amit Lahav,Gecko Theatre (UK), Steve Wasson, Corinne Soum, Theatre L’Ange Fou (UK), and others.
Kanopy has had Artists and Dance Company’s perform along side Kanopy Dance in its Seasons at Overture to include: Charis Haines, Jere Hunt Rioult Dance NY, Martin Lofsnes, Allessandra Prosperi, Chuck Wilt 360 Degree Dance, Sandra Kaufmann, Deb Goodman, Donlin Foreman, Jenny Emerson Foreman, Miki Orihara, Senri OE, Carrie Elmore Tallitch, Ede Thurrell, Stanley Love, Kraig Patterson, Steve Wasson, Corinne Soum, Winifred Haun and Dancers, Lonny Gordon GordonDance, and others. Kanopy tours regionally, and NYC, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

Bound and Determined / Lamentation Variation / Prelude & Fugue

Bound and Determined
Choreographer: Robert E. Cleary, Co Artistic Director Kanopy Dance Company
Music: John Zorn “The Sicilian Clan,” “Saigon Pickup,” “Punk China Doll”
Costume Design: Concept Robert E. Cleary, men’s trousers by Amy Panganiban, dress by Renee Earley
Lighting Design: Original Design for Kanopy Bill Owen.
Dancers: Kanopy Dance Company
This work was first performed in Minneapolis, MN in 1993 and then in Madison WI in 1996 and 2016.

Lamentation Variation
Choreographer: Lisa Thurrell, Co Artistic Director Kanopy Dance Company
Music: Arvo Pärt
Costume Design: Amy Panganiban,
Lighting Design: Original Design Chris Barker.
Dancers: Kanopy Dance Company

Inspiration for this variation came from the sparseness seen in Graham’s Lamentation, and the ‘aloneness’ of grief.
Lamentation Variations is an ongoing creative project for the Martha Graham Company, originally conceived to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. The variations were developed under specific creative conditions: each choreographer is asked to create a spontaneous choreographic sketch of their reaction to Graham’s Lamentation, using 10 hours of rehearsal, simple music or silence, basic costumes and lighting design. (Premiered Nov 15, 2013 Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI.)

“Lamentation Variation created in association with, and using the creative structure provided by, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.”

Prelude & Fugue
Choreographer: Lisa Thurrell, Co Artistic Director Kanopy Dance Company
Music:Vittorio Giannini “Prelude & Fugue”
Costume Design: Amy Panganiban
Lighting Design: Original Design Mark Penisten
Dancers: Kanopy Dance Company

Company Members

Stefanie Cohen

Corey Gearhart

Sponsored /funded by

Kanopy Dance Co. is supported in part by DaneArts (with funds from Endres Mfg Company Foundation, Evjue Foundation, W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, Pleasant T Rowland Foundation), Wisconsin Arts Board (with funds from the State of Wisconsin, National Endowment for the Arts), Madison Arts Commission (with funds from Wisconsin Arts Board), US Charitable Trust Anon Donor Advised, Pleasant T Rowland Foundation, Madison Community Foundation, Herb Kohl Charities, Urban Land Interests and Tom Neujahr, Custer Financial Services, Century House, Earthling Interactive, Harms Insurance Group, McFadden & Company, Associated Bank, Full Compass, Dance Fabulous, Fair Trade Coffee House, Lifetime Family Dentistry, Alan Koa Spa & Salon, SprintPrint, Harper Photography, Bright Matter Creative, LLC, Rudels Photography, Voeltz Public Relations, Irish Washerwoman Communications, Horner Photography, and numerous individuals.