Every month from March through December 2021, Threads Dance Project will release some of Artistic Director Karen L. Charles’ top dances available pay-as-able from $1, $10, $100, or even $1,000 to view Karen’s selected works!

June’s works include Anger Amplified, Do-Over Effect, and Chaotic Beauty (2017).

Here is what Karen says about these works:

“These excerpts from the larger work Uncertain Reality illustrate two aspects of Chaos that I wanted to share with the audience – the manifestation of chaos in society via discord, fighting and war and later the beauty of chaos as seen in nature via fractals and repetition. This entire piece was one of my most ambitious to date. I worked with visual projection designer Miko Simmons to make one of the most visually beautiful works I have ever created.” –Karen L. Charles, Artistic Director.

Each release will be 20-30 minutes in length.

Once registered, you will receive a private link and password that will allow you to view these works through June 27, 2021.

Don’t miss out on these works that started it all!

Contact Info

Brenna Mosser
Zoë Koenig, Brenna Mosser + Laura K Johnson of Alternative Motion Project

Unable to attend AMP’s live performance of On The Verge? Or did you enjoy the show enough to watch it again? Have no fear! On The Verge: On Demand is here!

We celebrated Alternative Motion Project’s return to live performance with our world premiere of On The Verge. See the performance for yourself on your own device from the comfort of your own space. We are excited to share this work in this online format!

On The Verge: On Demand
Online streaming of AMP’s live performance at The Shed
Available June 23 – July 7

How to Watch
Simply purchase a ticket and the streaming link will be sent to you with your ticket confirmation.*

About the Work
A cast of nine movers enter a turbulent world to experience the multiverse of limits, possibilities, and connections of the body, space, and identity. Choreographed by Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees in collaboration with the performers. Original composition by award-winning sound artist Dameun Strange. Videography by V. Paul Virtucio.

Questions? Email alternativemotionproject@gmail.com.

*No one turned away for lack of funds. Email AMP with financial needs and requests.

PC: Bill Cameron

A dancer in Mulier Dierum reaches upwards amidst the trees

Tickets are now available for the final production of Mulier Dierum, which will be presented live under the stars at the center of a beautiful oak grove woodland on the gorgeous outdoor stage at Caponi Art Park in Eagan, MN on June 25 and 26 at 9:00pm.

The final production will feature all the voices of  See Change Treble Choir mixed into a gorgeous sound score, a small live vocal ensemble, and eight dancers, all bathed in multi-layered projected imagery and staged on a multi-platform set emphasizing a safe and physically distanced audience. You won’t want to miss it!

Mulier Dierum (Chronicles of Woman) is an epic project that mirrors the strength of cumulative generations of women. Mulier Dierum faces our fears and fulfills desires with ferocity and vulnerability, sharing generational wisdom and wildness of women and femme power. The voices of forty choral singers and the bodies of eight dancers affirm together: Women build, honor, persevere, and flourish.

Directed and choreographed by Off-Leash Area Co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse, Mulier Dierum is being created in collaboration with See Change Treble Choir under the direction of Allyss Haecker, singing an original score by Linda Kachelmeier, with performances by dancers Gemma Isaacson, Christine McGinnis, Parisha Rajbhandari, Julie Warder, Heather Klopchin, Rachel Lieberman, Jennifer Mack, Esther Ouray, and Jennifer Ilse; with Off-Leash Area Co-Artistic Director Paul Herwig‘s immersive live animation projection design and sound design, edited and mixed by Reid Kruger.

Location Info

Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Road
Eagan, MN 55123


Contact Info

Jennifer Ilse

Box Office Info

Box Office Contact: Jennifer Ilse
Email: offleash@offleasharea.org
Phone: 612-724-7372
Price: $10-$30 suggested donation per person
Date: June 25, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm
Date: June 26, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm

Informal Showing and Discussion
Choreographer Karen Charles, new solo-in-process for Penelope Freeh
Discussion facilitated by Randy Reyes

Friday, June 25, 2021
4:00-5:00pm CST

In person at:
Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling #100
Minneapolis, 55404

Or on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 996 1635 8584
Passcode: 773126
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abhmjGDcbm

Dancer/Choreographer Penelope Freeh strives to deepen creative relationships through four commissioning projects. Process will be prioritized, and outcomes shared informally. Community conversations will focus on racial and social justice activism inside of artistic practice. This is the first of four showings. Additional commissions forthcoming by Helen Hatch and Darrius Strong in collaboration, Hijack, and Pramila Vasudevan. Stay tuned!

Penelope Freeh is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact Info

Penelope Freeh

Katha Dance Theatre is pleased to announce the work-in-progress premiere of an exciting new performance concept two years in the making!

Ganga to Mississippi – A Confluence of Waters is an original dance work that juxtaposes the roles of the Ganges and Mississippi rivers in their respective environments. Spanning continents and cultural traditions, Ganga uses Kathak dance and spoken word elements to highlight the important role that rivers play in our ecosystems, emphasizing the impact of river pollution on climate change and advocating for universal access to clean, drinkable water.

Filmed on the banks of the Ganges and Mississippi rivers, Ganga features original Kathak choreography by KDT Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi, who will perform solo in this in-progress look. As portrayed through Kathak’s elegant lyricism, Ganga is a moving and powerful ode to these majestic rivers and an urgent call for their eternal preservation. Look for a full production in August!

The work-in-progress performance will stream free of charge from June 25 through June 27 on Vimeo. Watch here starting at 7:00pm CT this Friday: https://vimeo.com/564748949

Neighborhood Dances

Come and be refreshed! Part performance, part participation, Neighborhood Dances is a series of mini dance concerts performed in public spaces by dancers and those who enjoy dance. Offered as a way to respond to the difficulties and challenges of this past year, the purpose is to spread joy, blessings hope and healing through movement and dance and also acknowledge God as our higher perspective and hope.

We’ll be teaching parts of the dances to anyone who wants to participate. There will be ASL signing and options for limited mobility and movement. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket/towel if you’d like to sit.

We’ll be repeating this event several times during the summer at different locations. For more info contact Carol Oyanagi.

Location Info

Long Lake Regional Park
1500 Old Hwy 8
New Brighton, MN 55112


Contact Info

Carol Oyanagi

The Garden: A Refuge – The Film
A filmed play by Storydance theater – with dance, acting, storytelling, and music. Written by Cia Sautter.

Available on Vimeo June 26 – July 6, 2021

Viewing fee: $20 per household, watch anytime you would like during the 10 days.
July 4 and 5 are pay as able.

Free preview party
June 26 at 7:00pm
Go to https://www.facebook.com/cialunastorydance/ and check our events for more information.

For more information, contact Cia at cialuna13@gmail.com

The project is grounded in Earth-based creation (art), re-interpreting the story of Job through this lens. It is a story about when bad things happen to good people, told in a fairy-tale like manner, with plenty of hope.

Performers include:
Cialuna (Sautter),  Vickijoan Keck, Ross Fellrath, Emily Jarrett Hughes,  Dagmara Gutman, Diana Viteri

Filmed by Jenny Zander

Contact Info

Cia Sautter
"Girls in the Band", Photo: Bill Cameron

Concerto Dance by Jolene Konkel presents a special preview performance of our new work Girls in the Band! Join us for our Summer Bandshell Tour, July 8-10, with guest performances by Kaleena Miller Dance and KMD2* as we celebrate the “Ladies Who Swing The Band!”

All shows at 7:00pm.

Friday, July 8 at Central Park, Roseville.

Saturday, July 9 at Town Green Park, Maple Grove.

Sunday, July 10 at Lake Normandale Bandshell, Bloomington.

All performances are outdoors and open to the public. No tickets required. Performances will be rescheduled if inclement weather.

Please bring your own lawn chair/blanket. We ask guests to respect social distancing with others not in your group.

Suggested donation $20. Cash, venmo@concerto-dance, or visit our website to donate.

Check our website or Facebook page for updates.

*KMD performs select shows, see website.

Contact Info

Jolene Konkel

CANDY BOX Dance Festival is an annual, eclectic gathering of performances, work-in-progress showing, master classes, and choreographic discussions. A one-of-a-kind event in the Twin Cities, the fifth annual festival features a range of aesthetics and choreographic voices to offer a diverse array of treats! The Festival’s three main features include Featured Artists’ Performance, Happy Hour Artists’ Showings, and Master Classes.

Featured Artists – Shared bill featuring the works of HIJACK, Viva la Pepa, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān

Happy Hour Artists – Works-in-Progress by Slo Dance Company, Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore, HoneyWorks, Body Watani, and Borealis Dance Theatre

Master Classes with Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān, Pedro Pablo (Viva la Pepa), Slo Dance Company, and HIJACK

July 12-16 at PAIKKA
Visit https://www.arena-dances.org/candybox2021-live-dance-festival/ to learn more!
Tickets on sale now!

Location Info

Vandalia Towers Annex
550 Vandalia Street, Suite 165
St Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Kelli Miles

Critically acclaimed Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus breathes new life into this time honored dilemma with their EURYDICE. EURYDICE is a three-night outdoor production forged in music, dance, fire, and video and film environments set at the beautiful Target Stage on Harriet Island on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul.

What, or who would you sacrifice to achieve eternal greatness?

EURYDICE is a reimagining of the Orpheus myth from his mysterious wife’s viewpoint of her harrowing journey. Follow Eurydice’s epic odyssey over land and sea, through true love, death and a fiery underworld in order to discover herself not just as a muse of Orpheus, but as her own inspiration for rebirth.

EURYDICE is a collaborative creation born of Vox Medusa’s provocative contemporary dance choreographed by Kristin Freya, powerful original electronic music by Jeremy Christensen and moving vocal score by Emily Colay, potent spoken word by Desdamona Ross, breathtaking fire performance of  Infiammati FireCircus choreographed by Rah Diavola, stunning video environments and dynamic light design by Tony Biele and cinematic film debut by Jeremy Christensen and Vox Medusa.

Show Dates and Times: 
Friday, July 16 at 9:00pm
Saturday, July 17 at 9:00pm
Sunday July 18 at 9:00pm
Doors open at 8:30pm each night for check-in at the ticket table to find your seating area.

Pre-sale Eventbrite tickets: $15 adult, $10 ages 12 and under.
Eventbrite pre-sale ends at 5:00pm each day of the show.
Day of show tickets can be purchased at Target Stage, $20 day of show for all ages.

Social Distanced Outdoor Seating
Ample audience area for socially distanced seating is available on both flat ground for chairs and raked hillside for blanket seating. Please note: All audiences should bring their own blankets or camp chairs for personal seating.

Parking and Restrooms
Two ample parking lots are located next to the Target Stage. Restrooms in close walking distance.

Location Info

Target Stage on Harriet Island
110 Harriet Island Road
St. Paul, MN 55107


Contact Info

Kristin Freya

Box Office Info

Price: $10-$15
Date: July 16, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm
Date: July 17, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm
Date: July 18, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm

Be transported to Varanasi, the City of Light. Follow the poetry of daily life in this ancient holy city along the Ganges River from sunrise to sunset as you watch the short film, Amazing Places on Our Planet. Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s new work as they rehearse The Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim followed by a Q&A. Enjoy a taste of Indian culture during the post-program reception with traditional Indian music and catering by Hot Indian Foods.

“Varanasi is the India of your imagination. This is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. Pilgrims come to the Ganges here to wash away sins in the sacred waters, to cremate their loved ones, or simply to die here, hoping for liberation from the cycle of rebirth.” —Lonely Planet

Location Info

84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact Info

Marsha Walker

Box Office Info

Email: northrop@umn.edu
Phone: 6126242345
Price: $25
Date: August 5, 2021  Time: 5:00 pm