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Saturday, May 2, 2015

STRUT! is a community procession showcasing the expressions and collaborations of over thirty of Madison's creative and cultural groups through stilt walking, dance, music, design, puppetry, and more. With special guests The Brooklyn Jumbies and Bently Spang.

The event program can be accessed here.


12:30pm Gathering of groups, walk to the Capitol Square (exact starting times vary, see Participant Information below)
2:00pm Procession | Capitol Square
3:00-4:30pm Closing and dance-off | Madison Children's Museum Funkyard | 100 N. Hamilton Street
5:00pm Brooklyn Jumbies Meet & Greet and Book signing* | The Edgewater -- The Café | 1001 Wisconsin Place

* Laura Anderson Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies will be signing copies of Transcommunality: Interventions and Collaborations in Stilt Dancing Communities, available on Amazon.com. A small number of books will be available at the event for purchase by cash or check, however we recommend you purchase a book in advance and bring it along with you to ensure you get a copy.

Note: In the event of rain, STRUT! will be held in the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (CRSC), also known as The Shell. The CRSC is located at 1430 Monroe Street, adjacent to Camp Randall Stadium.

Event Description

STRUT! has grown out of the Laura Anderson Barbata's Spring 2015 course in "Community Arts Practice." For the past three months, Barbata and her students have been facilitating collaborations among groups on and off campus through weekly Community Conversations and community outreach.

Confirmed Participants

Alaura Seidl's Art Service Learning class @ UW-Madison | Axolote | Bently Spang | Black Star Drum Line | Breaking Barriers | Brooklyn Jumbies | Carolyn Kallenborn’s PULSE Fashion Show class @ UW-Madison | Chris Walker’s Carnival and Masquerade Performance class @ UW-Madison | Cuicani | Cycropia Aerial Dance | DanzTrad | Forward Marching Band | Guerilla Screen Printmaking | Handphibians | Jolly Giants | Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble | Long-Legged Ladies | Lussier Community Center | Madison Children’s Museum | Madison Circus Space | Madison Permaculture Guild | Madison Unicyclists | Nuestro Mundo | One Billion Rising | Rootz African Carribbean Dance | The Studio Residential Learning Community & First Wave @ UW-Madison | Tania Tandia Flamenco Dance | Uppity Women | Wild Rumpus Circus


Carolyn Benforado | College Library @ UW–Madison | Diane Ragsdale’s Beauty and Business class @ UW-Madison | Faisal Abdu’Allah, Emily Arthur & John Hitchcock Screenprinting @ UW-Madison | Hancock Center for Dance and Movement Therapy | Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, School of Human Ecology @ UW–Madison | Kaylee Werner | Latin-American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS) @ UW-Madison | Leslee Nelson | Marianne Fitzgerald's Weaving and Off Loom class @ UW–Madison | Mary Hark's Papermaking class @ UW–Madison | Jennifer Angus’ Print and Dye class @ UW-Madison | Overture Center for the Arts | Ruth Davis Design Gallery, School of Human Ecology @ UW–Madison | School of Human Ecology @ UW–Madison | UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence | US Gathering and TetraPAKMAN


Carolyn Kallenborn | Hannah O'Hare Bennett | Pete Bouchard | Ligia (Licho) Lopez | Lisbeth Solano | Cecilia Soto | Jay Ludden | Augusta Brulla | Michael Kuca

To confirm your group's participation, contact Marcia at strut.barbata.spring2015@gmail.com.

Information for Participants



DIY Costume Tutorials

Learn how to make three versions of SHAGGY SKIRTS by following the step-by-step instructions found here. If you do not have raffia ribbon, one place you can order it is here.

Learn how to make ZEBRA MASK with simple materials. Step-by-step instructions can be found here and here.

Upcoming Workshops

Free Family Night
Madison Children's Museum | Wednesday, April 1 | 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Enjoy free admission on the first Wednesday of each month. Visit the Art Studio to help make masks and costumes for the upcoming STRUT! community parade. Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Art with Jennika
Madison Children's Museum | Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 | 2:00 - 4:00pm 
Giant puppet work and banner making in preparation for STRUT!. Fee or membership required for admission to the Children's Museum.

Fiber Fun
Madison Children's Museum | Thursdays April 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Textile work on puppets and banners in preparation for STRUT!. Fee or membership required for admission to the Children's Museum.

Community Stilt and Ground-dancing Jams!
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. Madison | Sundays, April 12, 19 and 26 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Come and dance! Stilt-dancers and Ground-dancers are welcome! These sessions are in preparation for “STRUT!” on May 2! We’ll crank the Afro-Carribean tunes and get moving, building our stamina and get used to dancing together. Costume fittings may happen as well. You don’t have to be participating in STRUT! to join the fun, but you DO need to furnish your own equipment.
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per participant.
Pre-registration is NOT required, but RSVP’s are appreciated: wildrumpuscircus@gmail.com

Adult Swim: Word Freaks
Madison Children's Museum | Friday, April 17 | 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month along with everything that is wonderful about words, at the first Adult Swim open to adults age 18 and over. Music by Flowpoetry, word game tournaments, and DIY magnetic poetry. Enjoy all of the museum’s great exhibits without having to share with the kiddos. Get ready for STRUT! by participating in workshops for mask making, zebra head masks, and t-shirt printing with Laura Anderson Barbata. Grown-up beverages available for purchase (ages 21 and up with ID); soda and pizza available for purchase by everyone.

Giant Puppet Workshop
Madison Children's Museum | Sunday, April 19 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn how to make a giant puppet using recycled materials and simple construction techniques. We will create giant puppet figures for a community arts procession on May 2 called STRUT!, led by UW-Madison visiting artist Laura Anderson Barbata. In this class, you can see techniques demonstrated for creating your own larger than life figures from cardboard and recycled materials. Hands on demonstrations, instructional materials and some supplies will be provided. This class is free and intended for adults and children 9 and older with adult supervision.

STRUT! Workshop with artist Laura Anderson Barbata
Madison Children's Museum | Sunday, April 26 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Meet UW-Madison interdisciplinary artist in residence, Laura Anderson Barbata, and help us make costumes and masks out of recycled materials for the upcoming STRUT! event on May 2. STRUT! is a community procession showcasing the expressions and collaborations of over thirty of Madison’s creative and cultural groups through stilt walking, dance, music, design, puppetry, and more. Everyone is welcome to participate and march in the parade!


Website (this page): go.wisc.edu/strut
Phone: 608-263-9290
Email: strut.barbata.spring2015@gmail.com
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