A Feast for the Senses

DOLCE STIL NOVO is a multidisciplinary event featuring the work of five acclaimed artists including Li Chiao-Ping, Emily Popp, John Frautschy, Julia McConahay, and Chele Isaac, who together will put women center stage. The female-centeredness of the program, performed by LCPD dancers and guests, signifies a “sweet new style” a reference to Dante’s poetic style ‘dolce stil novo’ in his epic poem The Inferno.

Performance Information 

Saturday, December 1 | 2:30pm & 7:00pm
Madison Masonic Center Auditorium
301 Wisconsin Ave Madison, WI 53703

Ticket Information

$10 General Admission
$5 Students/Seniors
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About the Collaborators:

John Frautschy (lighting designer) is a freelance lighting designer and production manager based in Madison, WI. Recent local designs include: Guys On Ice, Proof, and The Glass Menagerie for Madison Rep, Il Travatore and Don Giovanni for Madison Opera, Retrospect, Kanopy Dance Co., 20th Century Express, Rockford Dance Co., and The Passion of Dracula with University Theater. John is an associate designer with Hase & Associates, including work for Cincinnati Ballet, designing an original Midsummer Night's Dream, and every summer with Cincinnati Opera. John is the Director of Production for Madison Opera, and has traveled extensively as production coordinator with Ping Chong & Co., including the regional and international tours of Deshima, After Sorrow, Undesirable Elements,and SlutForArt, a co-production with Ping and Muna Tseng Dance Projects.

Chele Isaac (visual artist) works across several media including video, sound, sculpture and photography. Her installation works have been shown locally and nationally in art centers, project galleries and museums. Her short films have been screened in group shows and film festivals in the US and internationally. She was the Windgate Artist in Residence in the Spring of 2015 at the University of Indiana Pennsylvania which culminated in shows at the Pittsburgh Center for The Arts/Summer 2015 and Pittsburgh’s SPACE Gallery 2016. Upcoming projects include a solo show at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017. Isaac has been an adjunct professor teaching Digital Arts Studio for the UW-Madison Art Department where she also serves on the Board of Visitors. She holds an MFA from the UW-Madison and maintains a studio and collaborative arts space in a renovated former church, downtown Madison.

Julia McConahay (musician) is actively performing as a solo artist. Born to a classical pianist mom and a folk rock dad, music is in her genes. She began training as a classical violinist from a young age but it was her first non-classical experience with a fiddle group in high school that truly opened the door for Julia to begin to explore her own identity as a musician. Julia developed her own musical language by seeking out and sitting in with accomplished performers and groups and explored genres including punk, country, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, heavy metal, Celtic, Christian worship, and street performers. Julia has invested her calling as a musician and her love of music deeply into the Madison music scene. She worked during the formative years of Madison's Girls Rock Camp, is a seven-year member of Compass Rose and founded the Madison-based power trio SHESHE. Julia is a three-time award winner for Madison's best Strings Instrumentalist.

Emily Popp (fashion designer) began exploring textile arts as a costume designer and knitter. She received a post-baccalaureate certificate in Fashion Design from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Emily is interested in fashion as performance and personal expression. As an MFA student she is exploring fashion as it relates to everyday life, community, and social justice. Emily has worked as a costume designer and seamstress, and has taught sewing and knitting and has interned with a men’s custom suit business in Chicago IL.