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Movement exploration for "Margins" (1989)
Photo: Josh Blum

All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday September 12, 7 p.m.

SCREENINGS: Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness (2007) and Circling (2012)
Co-presented by the WUD Film Committee
The Marquee, Union South, 1308 Dayton Street

Description: Filmmaker and professor Douglas Rosenberg presents two films about Sally Gross, Albert Maysles's documentary Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness, and Rosenberg's own recently-completed work Circling.

Friday, October 5, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Sally Gross: Choreographic Inspiration and Process
H’Doubler Performance Space, 1050 University Avenue
Co-presented by the Dance Department and the Center for Jewish Studies

Description: Sally Gross discusses her creative inspirations and processes, illustrated with video excerpts of some of her recent choreographic works.

Saturday October 6, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

WORKSHOP: Interdisciplinary Improvisation
5973 Purcell Road, Oregon WI
Registration info: The workshop is full.

Description: Taught by Sally Gross, this workshop combines elements of dance, music, voice and the literary and visual arts, with an emphasis on experimental composition techniques as a process and method for designing interdisciplinary collaborative structures and performance.

Thursday, October 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

STUDENT WORKSHOP with Sally Gross and students
Multi-disciplinary performance space, Sellery Hall basement
Participation is for UW-Madison students only. Contact Marina Kelly at

Description: A fun contemporary movement workshop taught by Artist in Residence Sally Gross and students from her Interdisciplinary Improvisational Movement class. Exercises in the workshop will combine elements of movement and sound, and will reference works of literary and visual art. Participants will experiment with ways of relating to each other and to space. Comfortable clothes encouraged.

Sunday, November 11, 5:15–6:45 p.m.

Taking Dance from Stage to Cinema
Presented by the Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street

Focusing on the idea that the ephemera of dance becomes material for a new form of art—the screendance—author Douglas Rosenberg and legendary NY choreographer Sally Gross will discuss the translation of dance to film, present pertinent passages from Rosenberg's book Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image (2012), and screen their recent screendance collaboration Circling (2012), a project that also addresses loss and the cyclical nature of life.

Monday November 12, 1–2 p.m.

Sally Gross: A Life in Dance
Presented by Jewish Social Services of Madison as part of Lechayim Lights
Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street
Information: 608-278-1808 ext 227

Description: Sally Gross speaks about her early life in New York’s lower East Side and her subsequent illustrious career as a dancer and choreographer.

Friday December 7, 6–8 p.m.

PERFORMANCE: Here and Now with Leo Villareal
Presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art as part of MMoCA Nights. Reception to follow.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street
Information: 608-257-0158

Description: Students from Sally Gross’s Interdisciplinary Improvisation class present a site-specific performance in response to Leo Villareal’s light installations, currently on show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.