Opus 38

Premiered at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Urbana/Champaign – 1999 – Festival 1999 performance season. Choreography Renée Wadleigh Music Peter Sculthorpe, Sinéade O’Connor, John Lee Hooker, Astor Piazzolla Costumes Jennifer Flitton Adams Lighting Michael W. Williams


Ripped, a quintet by Peter Sciscioli, explores the torrid yet enigmatic relationship of two lovers trapped by the hands of fate.  Danced by four women and one man, the piece focuses on a central couple manipulated by three women in red who serve as catalysts to the action.  Loosely based on film noir, with an [...]

Rumi Dance

Rumi Dance is a solo choreographed by Hedwig Dances’ artistic director, Jan Bartoszek.  Danced by company member Peter Sciscioli, the piece draws its inspiration from the poetry of the Sufi poet, Rumi.  Exploring the body as a musical instrument, live vocalization accompanies a primal score composed by Brazilian Fernando Sardo.  Natural imagery evokes movement that [...]

Jenks, Lisa

Lisa Jenks is a corporate finance professional at Morton Salt.  Lisa currently leads the reporting and analysis activities into Morton Salt’s parent company, K+S.  Lisa graduated in Finance from Western Michigan University, and holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  In addition to her role on the Hedwig Dances Board, Lisa has her [...]

Smith, Sheldon

Sheldon B. Smith has been making dances, music and video art for over twenty years.  Living in the Bay Area, he is co-artistic director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts with his wife Lisa Wymore and teaches full-time at Mills College. Most recently, his company premiered a new evening-length work Apparatus, he performed with choreographer Meg Stuart [...]

Cuba Detail Itinerary

Cuba Detail Itinerary (subject to change) Jan 28-Feb 5, 2012 Jan. 28 (Sat.) –Welcome to Havana Chartered flight to Havana via Marazul Charters Orientation city tour with private coach tour Welcome lunch Check-in at the historic Hotel Nacional Orientation walking tour led by Ellen & Joanna Introductions and cocktail reception at hotel Welcome Dinner Jan. [...]

Cuba - an island on a sandbar

Cuba: A Tour Designed for Hedwig Dances

Cuba: A Tour Designed for Hedwig Dances  See the detail itinerary (subject to change)     Jan 28-Feb 5, 2012 Hedwig Dances invites you to join our company, including Cuban-born artists Maray Gutierrez and Victor Alexander, and Founder/Artistic Director Jan Bartoszek, along with Art Encounter artists and guides, Joanna Pinsky and Ellen Kamerling, on a [...]

One, Two (and a Half), Three

Choreographer Renée Wadleigh takes the quest for intimacy to a clever multimedia level.  Set to Michael Nyman’s lighthearted pastoral score, “One, Two (and a Half), Three is a tragicomic sextet with commedia dell’arte-style costumes by Cybele Moon.  Besides the work’s compositional integrity, it features a live video feed that transforms the dancers into precarious mountain [...]


Twenty-Four/Seven is a piece choreographed by Maray Guitierrez.  It is a richly textured female duet based on how a dancer can perform both clerical and artistic work: two completely different mental and physical functions.  This piece highlights a woman’s ability to multi-task as a response to conflicting lifestyle needs and loves.

What Lies Between

What is the significance of one life in the grand scheme of the world?  This is one of the questions that drives What Lies Between, Jan Bartoszek’s emotionally vivid work.  Using modern arrangements by Steven Reich, Faultine, and Arvo Part, as well as the classical scores of Bach and Chopin, the dance depicts one woman’s [...]

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