Welcome to the 2020-2021 Cooperative Performance season!

November 6, 2020

We are thrilled to be back presenting artistic creations from Milwaukee, and we encourage you to join us this season for two potent performances, created for and within the era we are living through. Our season begins virtually this month with:

Embodied Truth, Finding ways to move together, by Daniel Burkholder and Kimani Fowlin
November 13,2020 through February 7, 2021
Streaming on demand - tickets available now!

An exploration of the #metoo and #blacklivesmatter landscape, this recorded performance created for the screen examines parenting through the lenses of gender and race. Embodied Truth draws on the stories of the performers, all parents themselves, combining dance, spoken word, and storytelling to honor the blessings and burdens of being a parent. Postponed last season due to the pandemic, we are thrilled Embodied Truth comes to fruition as a dance on video to begin our new season.

The season continues with:

Thunder Domestic, by Zach Schorsch
Spring, 2021

Bringing the choose-your-own-path format to a performance setting, Thunder Domestic creates multiple timelines of material based on tropes and traumas found in the family unit. Audiences and performers will choose the path that each night’s onstage/onscreen family will experience. We all have made choices with loved ones that surprised us, hurt us, haunted us, and bound us; so, too, will each performance feature choices made together to create unique experiences.

We at Cooperative Performance have been working tirelessly to bring you a season that represents community, collective and individual experiences, and the artistic visions of our members. The creators and performers of Embodied Truth reimagined their performance to become a dance on video that families and individuals can watch without traveling to a public gathering area. The creators for the rest of the season are investigating the many ways to hold rehearsals and performances that allow for our community to watch, stay safe, and still feel a part of the art being shared.

And, as schedules and jobs have become unstable for so many, the board of directors at Cooperative Performance has initiated a microgrant program that pays for one year of membership to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or other marginalized artists. Our goal is to provide a path to anyone’s artistic idea being heard and given the opportunity to be produced and presented.

We hope you continue to stay in contact with us through facebook, instagram, and emails and that you will join us this season. Anyone can become a member, and your membership fee goes straight to us being able to fund the work of these artists. Please consider joining, making a donation for another to join through our microgrant program, making a general donation, or committing to purchase tickets to our performances. Your investment into Cooperative Performance goes directly to work for the shows we are committed to producing this season.

We can’t wait to see you, and share our visions with you.

Thank you,

Andrea Burkholder
Chair of Board, Cooperative Performance

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