Highlighting our CANDY BOX Dance Festival Artists in Studio Stories Podcast

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. The next several weeks we are airing a special series, featuring artists that will premiere new work at our CANDY BOX Dance Festival July 12-16! This week we sat down with Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore – one of the festival’s Happy Hour Artists.

Abigail Whitmore (she/her) and Annika Hansen (they/them, she/her) are dance artists and partners invested in collaborative efforts, performative events, and dance as embodied research. Both graduates of the University of Minnesota Dance Program, they draw inspiration from somatic practices, improvisation, post-modern, and contemporary dance forms. In their work together, they have partnered with Glam Doll Donuts with the support of a UROP grant (You’re Invited, 2016), the Casket Arts Building (Casket Dances, 2018), and the Walker Art Center (SculpTour, 2018/2019) to produce public dance events and experiment with audience engagement. Most recently, they were collaborating artists on a piece (To and From:) for the Red Eye Theater’s Works in Progress 2019 program. This year they are also planning another SculpTour event in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. 

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Highlighting our CANDY BOX Dance Festival Artists in Studio Stories Podcast

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. The next several weeks we are airing a special series, featuring artists that will premiere new work at our CANDY BOX Dance Festival July 12-16! This week we sat down with Danielle Ricci of Borealis Dance Theatre – one of the festival’s Happy Hour Artists.

Danielle Ricci is an educator, choreographer, director, and dancer. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine in 2006 under direction of Donald McKayle. In 2014 she graduated with an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and earned an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University in 2018. Danielle is the Founding Artistic Director of Borealis Dance Theatre, a professional modern dance company based in Minneapolis. She is also the director of Dance Camera North, an annual international dance film festival. Her choreography has been recognized as “Best of the Festival” at the Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin, TX in 2010 and 2012. 

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Special Series of Studio Stories Podcast with CANDY BOX Artists

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. The next several weeks we are airing a special series, featuring artists that will premiere new work at our CANDY BOX Dance Festival July 12-16! Kicking off this mini series is Leila Awadallah – one of the festival’s Happy Hour Artists.

Leila Awadallah [leilawa] is a Palestinian American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker based between Minneapolis and Beirut. She is in the beginnings of Body Watani, a dance project that engages performance, film, and workshops. Body Watani is premiering it’s first collaborative work-in-progress TERRANEA: hakawati of the sea at the Candy Box festival this year, following the premiere of a solo-version at the Arab American National Museum in 2020.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene.

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Bonnie Mathis Shares her History on Studio Stories Podcast this Week

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week, we sat down with Bonnie Mathis to learn about her journey. 

Bonnie Mathis was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and a soloist with the Harkness Ballet and also performed with many modern companies, namely the Lar Lubovitch Company, the Paul Taylor Company, the Paul Sanasardo Company, the Norman Walker Company, and the Nederlands Dans Theatre. She was part of the dance community of Minneapolis from 1980 to 2005, initially teaching ballet for the Minnesota Dance Theater, the University of Minnesota, the Northwest Ballet, and in 1989 co-creating Ballet Arts Minnesota.

In addition to teaching and coaching dancers, she also created ballets for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Boston Ballet II, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Conservatory, as well as many self-produced concerts in Minneapolis supported by grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Karla Grotting featured on Studio Stories Podcast

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week, we sat down with Karla Grotting to learn about her journey. 

Karla Grotting is a dancer, choreographer, educator and producer working with a unique blend of jazz, tap, modern, theater, and percussive dance techniques. Since 1990, she has been a founding member, principal dancer, and artistic associate with Joe Chvala’s The Flying Foot Forum. Karla has performed and toured with Jazzdance: by Danny Buraczeski, MN Jazz Dance Co,  Keane Sense of Rhythm, and dance/theater companies Off-Leash Area and Combustible Company. She is also on faculty at the University of Minnesota Department of Theater and Dance, and has been a visiting guest teaching/choreography artist at many others. Karla has been named as one of City Pages’ Artists of the Year.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Deborah Jinza Thayer as Special Guest on Studio Stories this Week

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week, we sat down with Deborah Jinza Thayer to learn about her journey.

Jinza Thayer received her BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from George Mason University. Recognitions include being a two-time semi-finalist for France’s Rencontres (Bagnolet); a 2010 SAGE Award; and support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Composers Forum, Jerome Foundation, and McKnight Artist Fellowship. She has created over 60 original works and presents her work as Movement Architecture – a blend of dance and theater in structured environments. Jinza is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Movement Educator (ISMETA) and has taught somatic movement re-patterning and modern dance training for the past 20 years.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene.

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

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Eddie Oroyan on Studio Stories this Week

Join ARENA DANCES for our NEW season of Studio Stories, a podcast reminiscing on Twin Cities dance history. Commencing this week, we sat down with Eddie Oroyan to learn about his journey. 

Oroyan is a founding mover and Artistic Associate of Black Label Movement, a company with roots deep in his heart and body. In 2012, in joy and sadness, he moved to Brussels and worked with Ultima Vez for six years, having toured and performed primarily with What the Body Does not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Oroyan continues to dance in Europe and has been working since 2017 with Emmanuel Gat Dance.  Eddie is also teaching extensively the practice he continues to research and develop, Animal Mindfulness. After an injury in late 2014, Oroyan began a practice of meditation and observation. Animal Mindfulness came through his search for balance. 

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Dance and Music: The 21st Century Direction

The Avant-garde of any art form is spearheaded by its artists, then documented by its scholars, theorists and historians. During the 20th century, dance [Concert Dance], with the kinesthetic body as its instrument, deconstruction as its primary process for investigations, movement vocabulary as its language, and choreography as its creative outlet, examined its inherent multi-disciplinary identity extensively resulting in the development of modern dance, followed by post-modern dance, leading us into the 21st century. Music/Sound, an integral component of this multi-disciplinary identity of dance, negotiated all aspects of these developments through both periods into the latter part of the last century, establishing a direction and a comprehensive practice in music that is now specific to dance. However, scholars and theorists on this are yet to emerge, leaving the discourse on this subject to those from both music and dance fields to collaborate on viewpoints, when called upon, deferring to each other for analysis and conclusions and almost often now, falling short. Hence, until dance music theorists and scholars emerge, those who don’t need to collaborate on the subject for analysis and conclusions, the attached diagram, incorporating Yvonne Rainer’s from 1980, reflects the extensive developments in this collaborative art form that occurred during the 20th century, from Louis Horst’s work with Martha Graham, to now, beyond the micro cycles of limited affect/effect of the situational and now ubiquitous conventional music and dance collaborations through choreography, to the macro cycles of complex affect/effect of the feedback loops and pathways of a symbiotic artistic flow of influence through movement vocabulary, and from it, the extensive multi-disciplinary explorations that occurred between some of the critical figures from both music and dance, including, extending their own creative capabilities beyond the conventional practices of their own art, all of which in turn influenced both art forms while establishing a specific, complex lineage and practice of dance music, pointing to where future directions of it will come from. Hence, the discourse on this collaborative art form of Dance and Music doesn’t have to begin at point A, as it has long ceased to be a novelty. The 21st century conversations on it can and should continue from point R.  Beyond 20th century conventional collaborations to a 21st century symbiosis.

@ Manjunan Gnanaratnam, 2018

Multi-Instrumentalist, Technologist, Composer, Developer & Theorist, Manjunan Gnanaratnam, works as an Interdisciplinary Artist within all contexts of Modern, Post-Modern, Contemporary and  Experimental Dance. With an extensive career spanning 35+ years, he is considered one of the foremost thinkers on the relationship between Movement and Sound in the US today.

Sharon Picasso Joins Studio Stories Podcast this Week

Stories are among our most potent tools. We need to unearth old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones. We are story makers, not just storytellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old. – Robin Wall Kimmerer, paraphrased

Join ARENA DANCES for our NEW season of Studio Stories, a podcast reminiscing on Twin Cities dance history. Commencing this week, we sat down with Sharon Picasso to learn about her journey. 

Sharon Picasso (she/her) is a Minneapolis based movement, performance and transdisciplinary creative Artist and Founder/Artistic Director of Picasso Projects and Lupa Studio. Her work as a freelance performance and dance artist lives parallel to her work as a choreographer for the past 25 years. Sharon’s creative and collaborative practice has expanded into design including sound, light and installation. Paramount in Sharon’s collaborative process is cultivating an inclusive, respectful and sustaining creative environment where value is placed on the wholeness of an individual. 

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Studio Stories Weekly Podcast – This Week with Darrius Strong

Stories are among our most potent tools. We need to unearth old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones. We are story makers, not just storytellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old. – Robin Wall Kimmerer, paraphrased

Join ARENA DANCES for our NEW season of Studio Stories, a podcast reminiscing on Twin Cities dance history. Commencing this week, we sat down with Darrius Strong to learn about his journey. 

Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities based dancer, choreographer, and instructor. His dance company, STRONGmovement uses the universal language of dance, blending styles such as hip hop, ballet, modern, and West African to tell stories related to society and humanity. Strong is a graduate of University of Minnesota (BFA 2015) and is currently faculty at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Macalester College, St. Paul Conservatory Performing Arts High School and the TU Dance Center where he focuses on teaching dancers how to connect their identity to movement.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!