Get a glimpse into Off-Leash Area’s next groundbreaking production at this one-night-only work-in-progress showing of Minotaur!

In Minotaur Off-Leash Area beheads the patriarchy with dance, mask performance, live music, and live animated projection as we delve into the world of the violent and labyrinth-bound creature, half-bull half-man.

OLA Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer Jennifer Ilse leads a gender diverse, multi-generational, and fiery cast to take audiences on a thoroughly interdisciplinary and utterly imaginative journey exploring the possibilities laid bare by the metaphorical beheading of the patriarchy. With this production the artists ask: Once the patriarchy is laid asunder, and after knowing nothing other than a labyrinthine system of oppression, how do we know when we are free of a hierarchical system’s seductive power?

Dancers Nieya Amezquita, Gabby Garcia, Jennifer Ilse, Jesse Schmitz-Boyd, and Joseph Wurm will perform Minotaur with contemporary dance and mask performance. Accompanying the performers and immersing the entire audience will be a live music and sound score by Dameun Strange, and a live animated projection design by OLA Co-Artistic Director Paul Herwig. All together Off-Leash Area will take the audience to an otherworldly space where ancient myth, dreams of a future, and our urgent present collide.

Location Info

Studio 2-B Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

website

Contact Info

paul herwig
offleash@offleasharea.org
612-724-7372

New choreographic works by artists: Dustin Haug and Chloe Nagle!

Zenon Dance School’s Zone Program will feature Zenon Dance School Instructors and local choreographers, Dustin Haug and Chloe Nagle performed by the Zone dancers!

Zone is an intensive adult dance program for all levels, ages, and dance backgrounds, who are looking to deepen their dance experience. The program offers two tracks and new students are selected by a brief & relaxed audition. Performance Group – for movers with a strong intermediate/advanced level of dance technique and who are looking for opportunities to perform; Technique Group – for movers looking to enhance creative and technical skills and explore different styles of dance.

Zone is a platform for emerging choreographers to create innovative work and hone material, while celebrating Twin Cities choreographers and movers.

Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21 at 7:30pm (in-person, masks required)

On-Demand available May 23-June 5; registration required.

Tickets: Free/Pay-What-You-Wish; registration required.

Location Info

TEX BOX at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave - 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-338-1101
website

Contact Info

Danielle Robinson-Prater
danielle@zenondance.org
612-338-1101

Box Office Info

Box Office Contact: Danielle Robinson-Prater
Website: https://zenondance.ticketleap.com/ zone-spring-showcase-2022/
Email: danielle@zenondance.org
Phone: 612-338-1101
Price: Free
Date: May 20, 2022  Time: 7:30 pm
Date: May 21, 2022  Time: 7:30 pm

Celebrate the soaring score of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird with a reimagined tale of a powerful bird whose spirit and magical feathers provide beauty and protection upon the earth. Performed by 100 dancers, this radiant tale will take you into the depths of an enchanted forest where virtuous and malicious forces hide. 

Choreography by: Flavia Garcia

Performed by: The Company Dancers of Ballet Co.Laboratory and Students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory  

Performances:
Friday, May 20, 2022 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00pm

Location:
E.M. Pearson Theatre
Concordia University Campus
312 Hamline Ave N /Saint Paul, MN 55104

Tickets start at $22 https://bit.ly/FirebirdBCL

Location Info

E.M. Pearson Theatre
312 Hamline Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55104
651-641-8230
website

Contact Info

Rachel Koepp
rkoepp@balletcolaboratory.org
651-313-5967

Ballet Minnesota presents the 33rd annual Minnesota Dance Festival this weekend May 20 – 22 at the Anne Simley Theatre at Hamline University in St. Paul. Featuring Les Sylphides, restaged by Cheryl Rist, and Special Guest Artists including: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Classical Ballet Academy, Crash Dance Productions, Eva Igo, Jim Lieberthal, Juliana Johnson, Kala Vandanam, and Keane Sense of Rhythm. Come see these incredible artists and enjoy the return of this exciting spring festival! Get your tickets NOW!

  • Friday, May 20 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, May 21 at 2 pm & 7 pm
  • Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm

Location Info

Anne Simley Theatre
1530 W Taylor Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
651-523-2905
website

Contact Info

Taylor Huber
info@balletminnesota.org

Collide Theatrical Dance Company ends their 2021/2022 Performance Season with a celebration of the Black experience. OUR STORIES, an evening of dance storytelling, gives voice to a group of exceptional Black dancers to tell their stories through movement and dance.

Directed by Allyson Richert and featuring spoken word artist Carnage the Executioner, the performance runs for 4 public performances in St. Paul.

Cast includes Patrick Jeffrey (Ordway), Javan Mngrezzo (Black Label Movement), Chelsea Rose (Ordway), Gabrielle Dominique (Theater Latte Da) and Jayson Douglas (James Sewell Ballet).

DANCE COMMUNITY DEAL – ENTER CODE: Dance15 for $15 tickets to any performance! Simply go to check out on the show you choose and enter the code! www.collidetheatrical.org

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday, May 20 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 21 – 7:30pm
Sunday, May 22 – 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Location:
Collide Theatrical Dance Company | 755 Prior Ave North Suite 235H | St Paul, MN 55104

Tickets: http://www.collidetheatrical.org or call 651-395-7903.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Contact Info

Grace Kidder
Admin@collidetheatrical.org
Three queer dancers of Latine diaspora lineage wrap their arms around each other

LÍNEAS de SANGRE A dance film by Choreographer Taja Will and Filmmaker Sequoia Hauck

On-demand viewing: You can watch from your home, couch, bed, with a sweetie, with your family, with your favorite snacks, at any time during the date range. LÍNEAS includes open captioning and runs 54 minutes.

Tickets on sale May 11-June 5 | Viewing: May 20-June 5

LÍNEAS de SANGRE is the third chapter in a trio of works that instigate from archetypal and ancestral work. This chapter defines itself through a devotion to plant ancestors and land sovereignty, to indigenous solidarity and decolonization in artistic practice. This dance film is the biomythology of bodies in Latine diaspora, Boricua, Chicana, Chilean. We journey with the archetypes which support/guide/mask/empower us, we are LOVER, VIRGEN, SHADOW, SERVANT, SIREN and ALCHEMIST. We are here now, and ancient, elders in training and millennials, we are stress, and meditation, we are tired and we are growing.

Artistic Team
Choreographer, Director, Performer: Taja Will
Director of Photography and Editing: Sequoia Hauck
Collaborative Authors of Movement and Performers: Marisol Herling and Margaret Ogas
Sound Design and Composition: Brandon Anderson Musser
Dramaturg: Lisa Marie Brimmer

Contact Info

Taja Will
tajawill@gmail.com
PC: Laura Kane Scher Photography

Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands invites you to The School at TU Dance Center 2022 Spring Student Showcase. Students from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Programs will share technique demonstrations in modern, ballet, hip hop and African dance as well as perform in works by TU Dance Center teaching artists and guest artists, Gregory Dolbashian (New York) and Marcus Jarrell Willis (Cardiff, Wales). With the first live performances for the school in two years, we welcome you back and ask you to please join us in celebrating these inspiring young dancers and all of their beautiful dedication and hard work!

Saturday May 21: 1:00pm and 6:00pm 
Sunday, May 22: 1:00pm

Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100
University of Minnesota
500 21st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets: $15 (General Admission, In-person only)

Location Info

Barbara Barker Center for Dance
500 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

website

Contact Info

Daonna Lewis
education@tudance.org
651-724-9708
A menu of spring gatherings.

As part of the spring fundraising campaign, the Young Dance Board of Directors will offer multiple events for donation. Select one – or many – of the gatherings from the menu to join in the fun!

Virtual Cooking – Goat Cheese
May 21, 10:00-11:00am
Learn to make goat cheese from home with Soph Myers-Kelley! Impress friends and family with simple skills and in less than an hour. Zoom link sent upon registration. Suggested donation $20/person

Virtual Cooking – Sushi Making
May 28, 10:00-11:00am
Learn the basics of sushi making from home with Soph Myers-Kelley! Your new skills will save you money and you are guaranteed to laugh at how silly your first rolls look! Zoom link sent upon registration. Suggested donation $20/person

Register by emailing info@youngdance.org. Donations can be made online here, or by check to Young Dance, sent to 655 Fairview Ave North St. Paul, MN, 55104.

We are so excited to gather with you in 2022, and thank you for supporting Young Dance.

Location Info

Young Dance
Fairview Business Center
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104
612-423-3064
website

Contact Info

Young Dance
info@youngdance.org
612-423-3064

On Saturday, May 21 Young Dance families, friends, and neighbors are invited to build their own hole to be part of our unique, one-day-only, miniature golf course. The course will be constructed at Newell Park in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul from 12:00–3:00 p.m. Participants can sign up to build and design the course as an individual or bring a group of friends.

Once the course is complete, golfing will open at 3:00 p.m. Pick your price to play! All proceeds go to Young Dance.

Food will be available for purchase from the KCM Eggrolls food truck. Smiling Drum will perform at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by: No Mythic Robotics; Home Depot – St. Louis Park Store #2806; Welna Ace Hardware: Store #7166 Minneapolis, Bloomington Ave; South High School Athletic Department; Southwest High School Athletic Department; and Smiling Drum.

Location Info

Young Dance
Fairview Business Center
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104
612-423-3064
website

Contact Info

Young Dance
info@youngdance.org
612-423-3064
PRAMILA VASUDEVAN Scars & Stitches (2021) Ink on paper. 8.5”x 8.5”

a\c|c/e|p\t|i/n|s\i|s/t is an exhibition of “disposable writings and drawings from the gut” by Pramila Vasudevan + Rachel Jendrzejewski opens this Saturday, May 21 at HAIR+NAILS Gallery in South Minneapolis.

This exhibition drops a frame onto their practices and their ongoing dialogue, fluidly examining public and private intersections of illness, mortality, constitution, buoyancy, exhaustion, ease, and showing up.

Please join us Saturday, May 21 from 7:00-10:00 pm for an opening reception.

Open gallery hours continue Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 through June 12 and by appointment via hairandnailsart@gmail.com

Location Info

HAIR+NAILS
2222 1/2 E. 35th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-229-0585
website

Contact Info

Kristin Van Loon
hairandnailsart@gmail.com
612-229-0585

Named after the Samantha Rei’s fashion line, id.ego. is an evening of dance that is dedicated to how the arts can help heal mental health.

This  includes “Angels Sang to Me” where composer AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa reveals her experiences with mental illness through music and spoken word illustrating her journey through bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Samantha Rei’s “id.ego.” fashion collection inspires new works that explore healing through arts. The designer created what she calls her “Therapy Collection which reflects feelings she experienced during a time of feeling low.

Join us for an evening of self discovery through dance, spoken word, visual art, and music. Featuring live music with musicians from Minnesota Orchestra, MacPhail, and the Isles Ensemble, and visual art from artists Paul Herwig and Liv Majors.

May 26 – 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Barbara Barker Center for Dance  (U of M)
500 21st Ave S Minneapolis 55455

Tickets at www.borealisdance.org

Location Info

Barbara Barker Center for Dance
500 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

website

Contact Info

Danielle Ricci
danielle@borealisdance.org

Box Office Info


Website: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5441912
Date: May 26, 2022  Time: 7:30 pm
Date: May 27, 2022  Time: 7:30 pm
Date: May 28, 2022  Time: 7:30 pm

May 26-June 18, 2022 | 2213 Snelling Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404

A cornerstone of the Twin Cities performance landscape, the long-running New Works 4 Weeks Festival returns to live formats for the first edition in Red Eye’s new performance space in the Seward neighborhood. This process-driven, cohort-based incubator of new works culminates in a showcase of the freshest experiments from Minnesota’s most risk-taking performing artists. 

  • May 26-28, 7 pm: Works-in-Progress, with Christian Bardin | Maddie Granlund | Atlese Robinson | J H Shuǐ Xiān | Anat Spiegel
  • June 2-4, 7 pm: Lelis K. Brito | Ricardo Beaird
  • June 9-11, 7 pm: A.P. Looze | José A. Luis
  • June 16-18, 7 pm: Kate Sutton-Johnson | Ritika Ganguly

More information and tickets at www.redeyetheater.org

Location Info

Red Eye Theater
2213 Snelling Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-870-7531
website

Contact Info

Emily Gastineau
emily@redeyetheater.org

Box Office Info


Price: $20-30, pay what you wish
Date: May 26, 2022  Time: 12:00 am
Date: June 18, 2022  Time: 12:00 am

Join us for this celebratory event supporting Northrop Centennial Commissions for the creation of new dance works, elevating artists, and bringing extraordinary presentations to our stage. Featuring an exquisite performance by Limón Dance Company and GALLIM, your evening will also include delicious food and drinks, live music by the Bluewater Kings Band, dancing, and special guests. Plan to attend with friends—you can help ensure that artists’ creative works are seen by audiences and youth in our community for years to come.

Limón Dance Company will perform José Limón’s Chaconne, a solo from 1942 set to music by Bach. The Chaconne as a dance form originated in Mexico during the Spanish occupation. Bach employed the strict musical form of the Chaconne but enriched it with powerful emotional implications. Limón has tried to capture in his dance both the formal austerity and the profound feeling of the music.

$75 All-inclusive Ticket

$125 VIP Ticket
All-inclusive plus backstage Meet and Greet Artist Reception with Limón Dance Company soloist, along with Artistic Director, Dante Puleio.

Location Info

Northrop
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-2345
website

Contact Info

Northrop University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
northrop@umn.edu
612-624-2345

Katha Dance Theatre is pleased to announce the upcoming revival of one of its classic repertory works, Black Candle. The new production is set to premiere at the Southern Theater June 3 – 5, 2022.

Based on the award-winning poetry of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and featuring all-new choreography by Rita Mustaphi, Black Candle combines the elegant medium of Kathak dance with text and music to evoke female joy, love, pain and resilience. Telling stories of triumph and bravery, it pays tribute to the strength and tenacity shown by the women of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan in the face of adversity such as sexism, misogyny and repressive cultural norms.

Tickets on sale now at southerntheater.org.

Performances:
Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm (ASL-interpreted; post-show discussion)

Learn more about the production at https://kathadance.org/black-candle-announcement/

Location Info

The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

website

Contact Info

Rita Mustaphi
info@kathadance.org

Join us for our premiere of Girls in the Band, an original jazz dance production illuminating the history and untold stories of female musicians and composers who paved the way for women in jazz from the 1930’s to today.  Told through dance, narration and film, Girls in the Band celebrates the “Ladies Who Swing the Band!”

Bloomington Center for the Arts
June 16, 1:30* & 7:30pm
June 17, 7:30pm
June 18, 2:30* & 7:30pm
*6/16 1:30 Senior Homes Matinee, 6/18 2:30 “Pick your price” options available

Ticket also includes free admission to the film screening of the full documentary film, The Girls in the Band directed by Judy Chaikin, June 18th at 4:30. (Run time 90 min.) And an all ages jazz dance masterclass June 18th from 10-11am.

Tickets: $30 Adults, $22 Seniors/Students (Includes Fees)

Box Office: blm.mn/bcatix or 952-563-8575

Visit: www.concertodance/girls-in-the-band for more info.

Location Info

Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN 55431
952-563-8575
website

Contact Info

Jolene Konkel
info@concertodance.com

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Minnesota’s hub for dance, announces an in-person season of evening-length productions from the 2020 and 2021 McKnight Dancer Fellows, Rhythm Street Movement, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Rathaus Productions and Andy Mor, Black Label Movement, Hatch Dance, and THE MIXTAPE Collective; as well as the inaugural Fall Forward Festival showcasing dance by Duniya Drum and Dance Ensemble, Twin Cities Ballet, Rhythmically Speaking, Threads Dance Project, Atlantis13, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Crash Dance Productions, HIJACK, and Aparna Ramaswamy.

New season packages and single tickets are on sale now. To learn more, visit thecowlescenter.org/season or call the Box Office at (612) 206-3600.

Location Info

The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-206-3600
website

Contact Info

Jackie Ralles
jralles@thecowlescenter.org