dancing cupcakes

Don’t miss your chance to see Cupcake Murders, a Ballet presented by Pacific Midwest Ballet at the 2022 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Three owners of a successful bakery receive a tempting cash offer to buy their small business. As soon as they decide to accept the money one of them is found dead the next morning. Investigators race to uncover the truth of who the murderer is, and the bakery struggles in the midst of tragedy. Will the mystery be solved before more damage is done? Dancing cupcakes and ghosts round out this playful murder-mystery.

Two remaining performances at Augsburg Mainstage:

Thursday, August 11 – 8:30pm
Saturday, August 13 – 4:00pm

Tickets available on the MN Fringe website for $15 + $3 reservation fee. Show run time is 50 minutes.

Location Info

Augsburg Mainstage
625 22nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Contact Info

Pacific Midwest Ballet
The Cohort 2022: Stage

A reimagining of Rhythmically Speaking’s beloved and long-running annual August production of live dance works, The Cohort is built to support and share vibrant different perspectives that connect people through, on, and via jazz and American social dance ideas. This year’s stage production The Cohort 2022 features work by:

Rae Charles – Local Artist and Rhythmically Speaking Company Member
Kathleen Doherty – Visiting Artist from Halifax, NS, Canada
Erinn Liebhard – Rhythmically Speaking Artistic and Executive Director
Laura Ann Smyth – Visiting Artist from Los Angeles, CA

Charles’ new piece Learn.Leave.Love. uses the metaphor of falling in love to explore how we come to understand ourselves and one another, and visitor Kathleen Doherty has remounted her work BASSline, which takes inspiration from how prominent bass lines within music influence movement choices, rhythmic timing and shapes in the dancers’ bodies. Liebhard’s new work An Opening is a musing on the synergy of keeping it together and breaking apart, and visitor Laura Smyth has set her work Character A/Musings, using the jazz idiom to consider the way in which we invent and reinvent ourselves throughout our lifetimes.

Thursday, August 11 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 12 at 7:30pm – talk-back following the show
Saturday, August 13 at 2:00pm – pay as you are
Saturday, August 13 at 7:30pm

If you live out of town, cannot make it to the show, or are still avoiding live events due to Covid concerns, check out our on-demand option! Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 at the door, $18 for students and seniors, and name your price for “pay as you are.”

To learn more about this production, the film screening that is a part of The Cohort program, and Rhythmically Speaking, visit rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org. RSVP at the Facebook Event.

Hope to see you at the show!

Location Info

The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55108

Contact Info

Erinn Liebhard
A small white candle in front of charcoal remnants and a bright green leaf

We are our own future archeologists. Trying to decipher past self, but the gifts from our past selves are gibberish. We are spellcasting, feeding ghosts, speaking to the dead, leaving artifacts along the path for ourselves like Hansel and Gretel, carrying stones and grief. We are priestesses and pilgrims. The Cosmos and the Reverse Cosmos are destinations. Traveling through geologic time, can our bones remember being the molten state of earth before they were someone else’s bones? Just read the list and let it be a stupid incantation.

Join us outside in Powderhorn Park for a work-in-progress of a new performance work by Monica Thomas and Theresa Madaus. Featuring Judith Howard, Krista Langberg, and Sylvan Madaus Derenne.

Friday, August 12
Powderhorn Park
Free to attend; RSVP requested

This is a short, semi-formal showing of an in-progress work.
Please email Theresa to let us know you are coming, and we’ll send you the exact location within Powderhorn.
We ask all audience members to wear masks. (Yes, even though it’s outside! We respect the highly contagious nature of the current Covid variants and don’t want to contribute to the spread.)

In case of rain, we will move to an indoor location (with masks required) and will email the address by 5:00pm on the day of the showing.

Thanks to HAIR+NAILS for rehearsal support.

Location Info

Powderhorn Park


Contact Info

Theresa Madaus
Photo of a musician plays music in the trees. Text says, Belwin Conservancy: Music in the Trees 2022

Young Dance Performs at Belwin Conservancy
15551 Division St., Afton, MN
Saturday, August 13 from 2:00–3:00pm

Young Dance is excited to be partnering with Belwin Conservancy for their Music in the Trees program! 

Young Dance dancers from several classes have been developing their own choreography in response to issues around conservation, Indigenous land rights, stewardship, native plant species, and polyculture planting.

Spend the day listening to musicians high in the trees and end with a site-specific performance!

Location Info

Young Dance
Fairview Business Center
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104

Contact Info

Anat Shinar
Tamara Nadel in Ranee Ramaswamy's "Haven't I Hidden Your Name?"

Dance to Transcend at DreamAcres

Long known for bringing world class performances to our area, DreamAcres Farm (near Wykoff, MN) welcomes dancer Tamara Nadel (founding member and long-time performer with Ragamala Dance Company) for a solo performance on Sunday, August 14 at 3:00PM.

Created for Tamara by choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy (her mentor and Founding Artistic Director of Ragamala), Haven’t I Hidden Your Name? uses the living language of Bharatanatyam (dance of South India) to illuminate the universal journey of a human soul longing for transcendence. Rooted in the writings of the Sephardic Jewish poets of southern Spain’s Golden Age—a period known for innovations in art and thought that emerged from the intermingling of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions—Haven’t I Hidden Your Name? is set to an original score by Cantor Basya Schechter, Lalit Subramanian, Vinod Krishnan, and Cantor Audrey Abrams that weaves together Jewish and South Indian Carnatic genres and instrumentation.

Free – no reservations required. Free-will offerings accepted.

Location Info

DreamAcres Farm
17289 County Road 8
Wykoff, MN 55990

Contact Info

Eva Barr

JumpstART 2022
AMP Game Night Fundraiser
In honor and celebration of Kristin Howe, Co-Director

August 18, 5:00-8:00pm
Lake Monster Brewing Company, St Paul

Tickets and Info: https://www.alternativemotionproject.org/818—jumpstart-2022.html

The event will take place in the designated indoor event area in Lake Monster Brewing Company. Weather permitting, some outdoor space may be available. Mask wearing will be optional and this policy is subject to change – you will be notified via email of any changes.

Join us in celebrating Kristin Howe’s tenure at Alternative Motion Project and help us raise money to JumpstART our 2022-23 Season. This casual game night includes delicious beers and appetizers, AMP trivia and Bingo, a silent auction, raffle, tributes, prizes, and MORE! All proceeds go toward supporting local dance artists and audiences through performance and education programs. Don’t miss Kristin’s final AMP event acting as Co-Artistic Director!
Additional food for purchase will be available on site from Samurai Teppanyaki Food Truck.

Schedule of Events
5:00pm – Event Begins and Silent Auction Opens, Outdoor Games (weather permitting)
5:30pm – Welcome
6:00pm – Trivia and Bingo – win prizes!
7:00pm – Tribute Video and Reflections by Joanna Lees and Kristin Howe
7:15pm – Silent Auction Closes
7:30pm- Silent Auction and Raffle Winners Announced
8:00pm – Event Concludes

TICKETS (not including processing fees)
$30 in advance | $35 at the door
$20 – children under 12

No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. Alternative Motion Project is a 501c3 tax exempt organization.

More about the event and Alternative Motion Project can be found on our website here.
Can’t make the event, but would still like to contribute? Make your donation here.

PC: Bill Cameron

Location Info

Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia St
St. Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Joanna Lees

Join us for the U.S. premiere of Dewey Dell’s 25-minute performance that debuted in Italy earlier this year.

About the work: We can have a glimpse of the ecstatic cult led by a mysterious night goddess behind the image of a Satanic, anthropophagic, magical, and violent sabbath. If, in possession, a divine entity visits human beings, ecstasy is the human soul’s journey into either celestial ascension or infernal descent. “I’ll do, I’ll do, I’ll do” emerges from such concept of a body “in spirit” as it weaves the threads of an imagined sabbath.

The performance will be followed by a conversation with Dewey Dell about their artistic trajectory.

Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30pm in the theater. Entrance through Janet Wallace Art Commons.

Free to attend, but seating is limited. Contact thda@macalester.edu with questions or for reservations.


Location Info

Macalester College Theater and Dance
130 S Macalester St
Saint Paul, MN 55105


Contact Info

Oscar Amaya
Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue

The Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue (“Precious Mother Earth”) is a Kalpulli (“learning community”) of Indigenous people who perform traditional Aztec and Indigenous dances from Mexico. KetzalCoatlicue pursues this spiritual, mental, and physical vocation with music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds, and other instruments. KetzalCoatlicue’s cultural learning center is located in South Minneapolis.

The dancers are rooted in cultural understandings of the environment weaving together the Nahuatl cosmovision and creation stories of Mexican ancestors. These presentations by Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue provide a basic understanding of the Nahuatl/Aztec representations of life through dance.

September 7 at 12:00pm

Location Info

84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact Info

Northrop University of Minnesota

Ballet Co.Laboratory is thrilled to announce our fifth anniversary season. 

Join us in 2022/23 for three world premieres and two expanded works that celebrate the transformative power of storytelling, and honor the growth and resiliency of our organization over the last five years.

Productions include:

Dirty Dancing | A Benefit for Ballet Co.Laboratory
October 8, 2022 at the Ballet Co.Laboratory Studio Theatre

The Snow Queen
December 2-4, 2022 at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

The Wild Rumpus
March 11-12, 2023 at Park Square Theatre

Kitchen Dances
March 31-April 2, 2023 at The Luminary Arts Center

Carmen in the 1920’s
May 19-21, 2023 at E.M. Pearson Theatre (Concordia University)

Tickets on sale now! Check out the full-season lineup and save your seats today.

Location Info

Ballet Co.Laboratory
276 E Lafayette Frontage Road
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Contact Info

Zoe Henrot