Saturday, May 14, 2011

From Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson

In Memoriam: Ed Burgess

We are very sad to announce that our dear friend and colleague, Ed Burgess, passed away Wednesday night, May 11. We are devastated – as are the many artists, students, fellow faculty, and friends who know and love him.

Ed, who was Chair and Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was a longtime friend and collaborator of Theatre Gigante (both currently, and as Milwaukee Dance Theatre), creating roles such as Creon in Antigone , The Soldier in Petrushka , and the Captain in Woyzeck . Ed wrote and performed monologues for himself (and for Isabelle), choreographed and danced in several of our shows, and served as an inspiring thinker, creator and auteur.

His last collaboration with Theatre Gigante, Isadora & Nijinsky – which he co-wrote, and performed as the legendary choreographer/dancer Vaslav Nijinsky – was presented last weekend at UWM’s Studio 508 theater.

It was a project that Ed, Mark and Isabelle truly delighted in: paying homage to the legendary Isadora Duncan and Vaslav Nijinsky. Ed, as always, was poignant, astute, and artistically brilliant, performing at the top of his game.

In his prime both artistically and as a devoted teacher, Ed has left us all too early. He will be greatly missed. But those who knew him will carry on, better for having known and worked with him. Ed was grand – an icon in his own way – bold, daring, and damn good.

Dear, dear Ed, Thank you for all you did … goodbye, inspiring friend … you will be remembered and loved … always.

Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson

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