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Nucleus...and Other Cell Bodies

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Nucleus...and Other Cell Bodies

By Kelly Radermacher

Choreographed by Kelly Radermacher

Two hydrogen atoms bond with one oxygen atom to make-dance! Get silly and scientific inside our peculiar kinetic bio-textbook for the stage, a bizarre and compelling movement world as seen through a microscope!


Modern Dance World premiere Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror

Multimedia National/international company

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7 and up

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Nucleus…and Other Cell Bodies

Choreography & Video by Kelly Radermacher

“[Radermacher’s choreography] defies simple categorization”

~Camille LeFevre, Minn Post, Mpls

“Jarring, silly, arresting”

~Quinton Skinner, City Pages, Mpls

“A unique entrée….”

~Florence Brammer, MN Fringe Audience Reviewer

“Fun, frenetic & fulfilling….a visual treat……”

~Jen Tudor, MN Fringe Audience Reviewer

Two hydrogen atoms bond with one oxygen atom to make….dance! Kelly Radermacher presents, “Nucleus…and Other Cell Bodies” Inspired by concepts, imagery and processes of molecular and cellular biology, Kelly Radermacher designs a 50 minute kinetic science textbook interpretation for the stage and invites you into her bizarre, compelling and atypical world of peculiar movement vocabulary and captivating performance. As though peering through the lens of a scientist’s microscope, performers Kelly Radermacher, Molly Mingey, Katie Rhyme, Emily Zakrzewski, Karen Zakrzewski and Tara Wrobel communally build an alternative universe of movement artistry.  Get silly and scientific only inside Nucleus and Other Cell Bodies!

Cast + crew

Molly Mingey
Role: Dancer
Molly Mingey graduated from UW-­‐ Milwaukee with a BFA in Dance. While in college she had the opportunity to participate in Impulztanz:Vienna’s International Dance  Festival and the American College Dance Festival, where her choreography was presented in 2011. Since graduating in addition to dancing in Kelly Radermacher's work she has been an active choreographer and performer in Dancework’s DanceLAB series, toured the mid-­‐west with the Hudson Vagabond Puppet Theatre, been a guest artist with Dancework on Tap, and joined the Wild Space Dance Company.

Kelly Radermacher
Role: Choreographer/Dancer
Kelly Radermacher relocated a couple of years ago to the great city of Milwaukee after dancing and creating in Minneapolis for 7 years. In the Twin Cities, she performed with many different choreographers including her collaboration with April Sellers Dance Collective for 6 years and in 2005 had her travels with Gerry Girouard to Buenos Aires as his tango partner and research assistant culminating in performance in the Ivey Award winning show "Crimes and Whispers" by Girouard and Off-Leash Area. Additionally, Radermacher has been a member of DA Dance (Denise Armstead) since 2006 and is currently finishing her first season with WildSpace Dance Company.

Radermacher's own dances and dances-for-the-camera have been presented at MN venues Bryant-Lake Bowl, Hopkins Theater, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Mound's Theatre, Patrick's Cabaret, Ritz Theater, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Walker Art Center Theatre & Sculpture Garden, Varsity Theatre including her evenings of work, “Spill. Moves and Movies that Stain,” in 2008 and “SlapDash” in 2010. Here in WI she has presented her dances at UW-Madison's Margeret H'Doubler Performance Space, Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts, Danceworks, and Karma. Radermacher received her Bachelor's in Dance and Anthropology from UW-Madison, her Elementary/Preprimary Education Certification from Augsburg College and is a licensed teacher birth-age 11, teaching Pre-K and running an afterschool study program at CommonBond Communities-Glenbrook Apartments on Milwaukee's Northside.

In addition to the “Nucleus” shows Radermacher’s work can be seen this summer at Racine Arts Guild ArtSpace July 6-August 25 and in Milwaukee at Danceworks’ Art to Art, August 17-19, 2012

Katie Rhyme
Role: Dancer
Katie Rhyme has been involved in dance since the age of four studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and gymnastics. She joined the UW-Milwaukee dance program in the fall of 2006 and graduated with her BFA in December 2009. She has worked with faculty members Dani Kuepper, Darci Brown Wutz, Luc Vanier, and Simone Ferro for the UWM Dance Department concerts as well as performing in the student choreographed concert NewDancemakers in 2008. She was a member of the performing group DPC2 at Danceworks for two seasons. In addition to performing she is a teacher at Academy of Dance Arts, Danceworks, and the Wisconsin Athletic Club. She teaches a wide variety of classes in studios, recreation departments, and outreach programs in the MPS district. Her classes include ballet, tap, jazz, creative dance, and Zumba.

Tara Wrobel
Role: Dancer
Tara Wrobel is an Illinois native and holds a BFA in Dance at Arizona State University. While in school Tara was blessed to work with artists such as Kimberly Bartosik, Marc Mann, Cristian Duarte, Jennifer Nugent, Ashleigh Leite, Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp and among many more. Tara spent three weeks in New York City working along side Kimberly Bartosik as her intern for her premieres in the 2011 Crossing the Line Festival. Tara has performed at the Phoenix Art Muesum, Phoenix Fringe Festival, American College Dance Festival and numerous student performances at ASU. She recently relocated to the city of Milwaukee and is currently working with Kelly Radermacher and creating her own work as well.

Emily Zakrzewski
Role: Dancer
Emily Zakrzewski graduated from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. in Dance in 2011. Along with classes, she developed her artistry through persistent performances, working closely with peers, graduate students, dance faculty and guest artists. Upon graduation she was awarded the Outstanding Performer of her graduating class, as well the Moeur Award for academic excellence. Emily moved back to her Milwaukee roots in July 2011, and is glad to continue performing.

Karen Zakrzewski
Role: Dancer
Karen Zakrzewski began dancing at the age of 7 in a local studio. She continued taking classes until the end of high school and in 2003 she became the studio's hip-hop teacher until the spring of 2007. Also in 2007, Karen danced for the WI Pro Dance Team, The Diamond Dancers. Karen auditioned and became a Dance Major in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in the fall of 2006. While studying there, she performed in works by guest artist Daniel Gwirtzman and faculty members, including: Dani Kuepper, Janet Lilly, Darci Brown Wutz, Luc Vanier and Simone Ferro. She graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the same school in December of 2009. Currently, Karen is doing outreach programs in the MPS district and teaching a variety of dance classes for local recreation departments.

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Interesting, techno, very contemporary
by Rusty Shackelford
Rating 4 stars
I saw this on Tuesday night at the Southern. I enjoyed it very much although I didn't always make the connection as to what the atoms were doing; I don't remember much HS Biology. I thought the dancers were terrific; the training shows! There were times I felt like I was looking under a microscope and other times felt like I was watching Twilight Zone. The first dance with the soloist in green was my favorite. The music suited the dance very well and vice versa.

A Hurdled Unlit Obsolescence
by Brian Watson-Jones
Rating 2 stars
The dance was good, technically, and there were certainly some interesting moments. But ultimately, I couldn't see the relation between the dance on stage and the biologic processes listed in the program (at least, what few of them I could recall from school). Never have I seen a dance show more in need of a DVD commentary.

Their Eyes Will Follow You...
by Haley Lasche
Rating 5 stars
Part Mona Lisa, part mad scientist, _Nucleus…and Other Cell Bodies_ used quirky movements to blur the line between being the observer and the observed. The dancers’ movements were in fluid rhythm with one another. The choreography is uniquely Radermacher. Fun, thoughtful and beautifully executed. I’m so happy I had an opportunity to see such a great show!

Not much fun
by Sharon Kahn
Rating 2 stars
This may be a great show if you like this style of dance, but I am rating it based on the amount of enjoyment I got from it, which wasn't much. I'm one of those unsophisticates that likes to watch human bodies in lyrical motion, flying around the stage to beautiful music with frequent interactions among the dancers. This is not that.

There is a lot of slow writhing on the floor, sudden jerky movements, cryptic hand gestures, and quite a bit of time where the dancers are just lying there or wandering vaguely around the stage. I can't say I saw the relationship between cell biology and the dance moves, either. But thanks to the soporific music, I did get a nice little nap.

Quirky, slightly distant
by Robyn Hendrix
Rating 4 stars
Liked this quite a bit. Really intriguing mix of machine-like music and dancing along with more fluid stuff; parts were very mesmerizing. I liked the quirkyness which bordered on whimsical although there was also a sort of impersonal distance about it at the same time. Not goofy or overly funny, but certainly enchanting.

Somber not silly
by Douglas Abbott
Rating 2 stars
I didn’t enjoy this performance very much. I wasn’t able to connect to it. I would replace the word silly in the show's description with somber. I couldn’t find the points in the performance that correlated to the vignettes listed in the program.

by Scott Pakudaitis
Rating 5 stars
These beautiful dances inspired by cell biology enthralled me and took my imagination on a wild journey. I loved watching the dancers interact with each other.

by Erinn Liebhard
Rating 5 stars
Kelly has put together another intriguing show! It is amazing to me how such small, intricate movements can capture such big ideas. Kelly's cast of Milwaukee performers are excellent; props to Kelly for assembling such a lovely group. If you are planning for your Fringe dance show experience to be big and traveling, I suggest you adjust your expectations so you are prepared for a small and intricate show. With that in mind, please add this to your list and prepare to enjoy! :)

felt cheated by description
by Patricia Wick
Rating 1 star
I have a difficult time giving a bad review, but I felt truly mislead by the description. It said it was a 7+ show that was silly and bizarre. It was not appropriate for kids. Yes, there was no swearing or nudity. So what? That alone does not make it accessible for those under 16.

Some "modern" dance is done in such a way that virtually any description in the program would be indistinguishable from what was written. Sadly this was one of them.

This was not a silly show. Unless you know your kids love dance that could be equally described as time in an asylum or treatise on 18th century war as atoms. Please think about taking them to a different show.

Colorful shirts and dresses!
by Katherine Dugarm
Rating 2 stars
These women were probably technically proficient. If only I know more about cells or modern dance or both.

Surprisingly Good
by Dean Hatton
Rating 4 stars
I generally don't like this kind of thing but a friend recommended it and I found myself really liking this show.
Great imagery topped off with nice lighting and music.
Well connected movements that kept me entranced through much of the show.

Good show, deserved bigger audience
by Rena Rasch
Rating 4 stars
I really liked this show. My biology is more than a little rusty, but my imagination totally bought that this is what our cellular structures would look like as dancers. The robotic movements and sounds evoked a microscopic manufacturing line and the dancers were the over-worked employees. I particularly liked the empty yet determined expressions the dancers doned as they feverishly toiled building, splitting, repelling. Like they didn't know why they had to work so hard, but had to all the same. A very skilled group of gals, recommend.

Life Is Good
by John John
Rating 5 stars
Wow! Radermacher has amazed me again! I've been a big fan of her work for years so the brilliance of "Nucleus" doesn't surprise me. I love the concept and the choreography is executed perfectly. I've seen the show twice and each time I get a deeper appreciation for the piece. When watching I felt like I was viewing the inner workings of a living organism and its cells. All of the dancers did a spectacular job and stand out with unique movement and isolations but maintain a symbiotic relationship with the "nucleus." The venue works well for this piece and the lighting and music choices were well planned.

by Andrea Bsldein
Rating 5 stars
A strong and dynamic cast, with stellar dance skill and movement, this one is a must see. I saw it opening night and I am still processing the intricacies of the work, very smart work.

Another Rademacher gem
by Florence Brammer
Rating 5 stars
I have been a long-time follower and fan of Rademacher's choreography and dancing. As an avid dance fan in the Twin Cities since 1982, I think she's one of the most intriguing and unique dance talents to come out of the Twin Cities. She's now an out-of-towner, so I was thrilled to see her in this year's Fringe line-up. Everything about this show is top-notch, including the lighting and music. Rademacher's choreography -- so, so smart with great attention to every detail and nuance -- is satisying on all levels by conveying heart, emotion and humor as well as intellect and technical skill. I may have to give up a planned Fringe show in order to see this a second time.

by Aseem Kaul
Rating 5 stars
First, a confession: if there's a deep biological interpretation of this performance, it's entirely lost on me. I guess that's what you get for sleeping through microbiology in high school.

My ignorance didn't keep me from enjoying the show, however: the dancing is sharp and precise, the choreography innovative, and the whole performance feels like a shot in the arm. Radermacher and her dancers have created a vocabulary of rhythm and repetition, of awkward juxtapositions and accidental symmetries. The result is a performance that is restlessly, relentlessly inventive, and fascinating to watch.

Bio-Mechanics of Life
by Kyle Cheesewright
Rating 5 stars
This show presented a beautiful sonic landscape that reinforced the glitch and skip of the human body. I was impressed by the dedication to minor movement with a twitch of a finger signaling an entire array of bio-process. Also, bodies pushing ottomans onto the stage at the beginning... Simply beautiful!

by Liz Blank
Rating 4 stars
They took me in, captured my attention and in a swift moment time was gone in a gentle wisp of a whisper.

Breaking down the cell walls
by Derek Miller
Rating 4 stars
Biologists will often talk about the inner workings of a cell as a beautifully choreographed ballet, but Radermacher interprets them as they actually are: a jittery mass of glitches and quirks shaped by chance and evolution. The piece starts strong, presenting a nucleus more as a half-sentient piece of machinery struggling to make sense of its programming, and there are many moments of revelation when the clicking, hissing mass of dancers coalesce almost accidentally into a functioning whole; but, much like our own DNA, there are long stretches of repetetive sequences that don't appear to do anything. If you don't have a passing knowledge of the APT cycle, it may be tough to keep up, but there are moments in here that are worth the effort.

"Rite of Spring" for amoebas
by Carin Bratlie
Rating 4 stars
Fascinating physicalization of single celled organisms. beautiful isolations and unique choices.... I especially loved the face-down back work!


Thursday, 8/27:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/35:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/44:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/78:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/88:30 p.m.


Southern Theater venue information
1420 Washington Ave. S