The Green Cousin: A Folk Ballet about Coming to Our Senses

October 2, 2022

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Freethinkers Hall (DTour Map Stop C)
307 Polk Street, Sauk City, WI 53583
Note: Located on Polk Street between Jefferson and John Adams Streets. If you Google directions, search for "Free Congregation of Sauk County".

Kanopy Dance & Elm Duo team up for another “folk ballet,” a novel artform they first introduced at the 2021 Fermentation Fest.

Free to attend but seating is limited. Registration is encouraged. Sign up here.

This new collaboration tells the story of the Green Cousin, a recent immigrant to America who discovers it is not all she imagined it to be. But after she has to refuse service to a homeless man at the restaurant where she waits tables, the Green Cousin works together with him to organize a fairer, greener, and better-fed country that nourishes our sensory needs.

This new 45-minute folk ballet is inspired by a famous Yiddish song from the 1920s, later recorded by Theodore Bikel, as well as other jazz, Yiddish, and Americana songs, including several Elm Duo originals. It features Eleanor Mayerfeld's dynamic vocals, accompanied by guitar, fiddle, and banjo.

Performers will include Kanopy Dance Company's Miye Bishop, Stormy Gaylord, Katie Sovik, Edward Salas, Alex Trofka, Hannah King, Kendyll Hazzard, Carolyn Fitzgibbons, Joshua Brumm, Lena Komar, and Ella Quinn with new choreography by Robert Cleary and Lisa Thurrell, Kanopy's artistic directors.

The event is co-sponsored by the Soil Health, Agroecology, and Liberation Lab (SHALL) of the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and supported by Dane Arts.

Elm Duo and Kanopy Dance will premiere The Green Cousin at the Freethinkers Hall, a charming, historic meeting place designed by Alfred Clas in 1884. A perfect way to close out the first weekend of the Farm/Art DTour.

Revisit Kanopy Dance & Elm Duo's collaboration at the 2021 Fermentation Fest: