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Rainforest Rhythms

Hand DrumRitmos del bosque lluvioso

Friday, January 24 , 2020 - No School Day!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Rainforest Rhythms series celebrates cultures in rainforest (tropical and sub-tropical) regions around the world with authentic performances of music and dance. The series offers performances for all ages and includes free admission to Olbrich’s tropical Bolz Conservatory.

While exploring the Bolz Conservatory before or after the performance, pick up an I Spy activity sheet and search for unique plants in the Bolz Conservatory! Families will have fun learning about plants related to the culture highlighted during the day's performance.

Con sus presentaciones auténticas de música y dI Spy Activityanza, la seriede Ritmos del Bosque Lluvioso celebra las culturas del bosquelluvioso (de regiones tropicales y sub-tropicales) del mundo. Esta serie ofrece presentaciones artísticas para todas las edades, incluyendo admisión gratis al Olbrich’s tropical Bolz Conservatory.

Mientras usted explora el Bolz Conservatory, antes o después de la presentación artística, puede recoger una página de actividad yo espío y buscar plantas únicas en el Bolz Conservatory! Las familias disfrutarán aprendiendo sobre las plantas relacionadas con las culturas presentadas durante las actividades artísticas.


Performances at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Tickets available at the door starting an hour before each performance.

Adults (13 & up) - $5

Child (12 & under) - $3

2 & under - FREE

Admission includes entry to Olbrich's tropical Bolz Conservatory

Doors open to the performance space approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.


Las presentaciones artísticas serán a las 10:30 am y 1:30 pm.
Las entradas estarán disponibles una hora antes de cada presentación.

Adultos (13 y mayores) - $5
Niños (12 y menores) - $3
2 y menores - GRATIS
La Admisión incluye entrada al Olbrich's tropical Bolz Conservatory

Las puertas del recinto son abiertas, aproximadamente 30 minutos antes de cada espectáculo.


The Barefoot Hawaiian

Friday, January 24, 2020 - No School Day for Madison, Sun Prairie, & Stoughton!

The Barefoot Hawaiian

Based in Des Plaines, IL, The Barefoot Hawaiian performs more than 600 shows around the world a year, has a cast of more 75 entertainers, trains more than 125 students a year, and has been in operation for 45 total years.

This places the Barefoot Hawaiian among the largest and most-booked of all the Polynesian Performing Arts companies in the world and among the prestigious few with such long-lived reputations. They are the number one Hawaiian entertainment company in the Midwest.

Elements of their performance will include:

Hawaiian Hula – the soft graceful hula dance involves the hand movements interpreting the song’s meaning. The body’s gentle movement imitates nature, including the tradewinds (makani), the ocean (moana), the mountains (mauna), the flowers (pua). Begun by men hundreds of years ago, this interpretive dance is our 50th States pride and has evolved from the ancient days of dancing only to the sound of drums.

Tahitian Ori - the ori dance of Tahiti, is primarily the hip movement, keeping time to the Toere, Tahitian log drum. This native form of dance has evolved from simpler times when the beating of the drums rang throughout the Friendly Islands of Tahiti. Arms keep rhythm as the feet mark time to move about the area.

New Zealand Poi Ball - dance of “Land of the Long Canoe, Autearoa” is the signature performance of New Zealand. Originally made from the flax plant, the poi balls are swung in designs that imitate birds in flight. During summer months outdoors, the poi balls are lit on fire!


Atimevu Drum Ensemble

Saturday, February 8 , 2020

Atimevu Drum & Dance Group

Atimevu is a Madison based band that has been playing traditional music from Ghana, West Africa for the last 15 years.

Master drummer Emmanuel Eku has toured the world with the National Drum and Dance Company of Ghana.

Enjoy grooving to the complex rhythms and melodic vocal harmonies from the different cultural groups of Ghana!


Volunteer at Rainforest Rhythms

Volunteers are needed for both dates of Rainforest Rhythms to process admissions and welcome guests. If you love interacting with people and have a few spare hours of your time to donate, consider helping out at this fun, unique event.

Interested? Contact Marty Petillo, Volunteer Services Manager, at mpetillo@cityofmadison.com or (608) 246-5807.


Rainforest Rhythms | Friday, January 24

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, January 24

The Canopy Sessions | Friday, February 7

Rainforest Rhythms | Saturday, February 8

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, February 28

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