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‘Consider it not so Deeply’ unpacks female strength, wit through lens of Shakespeare's women

November 07, 2018

UW-Madison’s Marlene Skog will present her evening-length contemporary ballet concert, “Consider it now so Deeply,” Nov. 15-17 at the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall.
“Consider it not so Deeply” explores the conflicting layers of the female psyche in Shakespeare’s women through Skog's powerful, demanding choreography, Shakespeare's theatrical prose, and original sound, designed by Matan Rubenstein and Timothy Russell.

Consider it not so Deeply The concert features a lively 60 minutes of evocative contemporary movement accompanied by both original music and that of Vivaldi, as well as spoken word. It includes a cast of 15 dance artists and one actor performing a mix of solo and ensemble works that "unearth the shifting roles and identity of females within Renaissance society across cultures and throughout history," said Skog, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department.

“My interest here, was to examine the complexity of the female through contemporary movement, spoken monologues and music, and Shakespeare's women provide a tremendous landscape for that,” says Skog.

She adds that Shakespeare's female characters are shrewd, outspoken and multidimensional. She intends, with this body of work, to bring their “passion, guilt, tenderness, and courage” to life through dance. 

Performances are: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $22, $16 for students/seniors, and can be purchased online at, by phone at 608-265-ARTS, and in person at 800 Langdon Street, Madison.

“Consider it not so Deeply” is supported by the Virginia Horne Henry Foundation, the UW-Madison Graduate School, and friends of Marlene Skog Dance.
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