Ashwini Ramaswamy and Kevork Mourad: Invisible Cities

Ashwini Ramaswamy and Kevork Mourad: Invisible Cities reimagines Italo Calvino’s metaphysical novel through a stunning synthesis of kinetic and visual storytelling. Featuring 13 dancers, Invisible Cities is grounded in four distinct forms led by a dynamic group of artists—Ranee, Aparna, and Ashwini Ramaswamy (Bharatanatyam), Berit Ahlgren (Gaga), Alanna Morris (Modern), Joseph ‘MN Joe’ Tran (Breaking)—and visual artist Kevork Mourad, who creates Invisible Cities’ interactive, immersive projections and illustrations.

January 27 at 7:30pm
January 28 at 7:30pm
Price: $35

Dance Church

Get together, get moving, and build some midwinter heat with this all-abilities movement class, offering a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies.

During a 50-minute class, participants will be guided through a series of movement cues accompanied by a curated playlist of multi-genre pop music. The format is open but guided throughout. No previous training is required, but open-mindedness is a prerequisite. Get lost dancing together—it’s the dance party you wish you had last night.

Dance Church® has been bringing the joy and release of dance to people since 2010. Classes are hosted regularly in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles, and have popped up in cities worldwide. Dance Church Go is an online streaming version of our in-person classes. Go was created to dance together from wherever with on-demand and live-streamed classes available anytime. Whether in-person or on the internet, Dance Church is committed to spreading joy through movement while building community physically and virtually around the world.

January 29 at 10:00am

Floorwork: Conversations and Knowledge Sharing Potluck

Floorwork: a communal conversation and shared meal. Every first Saturday! Floorwork was developed to hold conversations, knowledge-sharing, and a supportive space for dance artists and people who like to move.

The next Floorwork is:
Saturday, February 4
RSVP by Thursday, February 2.

This February Floorwork will focus on how we can create a root system of support that allows us to thrive and create art that is more inspired. Conversation will be held over a communal meal – bring your own dish to share in our potluck! ARENA DANCES will supply beverages, plates, napkins, and utensils.

Ben Frost: Cold Air Rises

See the world premiere of the first section of the forthcoming opera, commissioned by The Great Northern
and performed by MPLS (imPulse) with dancer Amanda Sachs and libretto by Robert MacFarlane.
In partnership with Minnesota Opera’s Luminary Arts Center and American Composers Forum.

Drawing upon J.A. Baker’s prophetic 1967 book The Peregrine, Australia-born/Iceland-based artist Ben Frost presents the new choral performance and installation Cold Air Rises. This new work in development is a collaboration with acclaimed British nature writer Robert MacFarlane. Local ensemble MPLS (imPulse) and dancer Amanda Sachs will perform this first movement of what will eventually form Frost’s next opera, commissioned by The Great Northern at Minnesota Opera’s newly renovated Luminary Arts Center. Join us for a sound experience like none other, a beautiful story of obsession and transformation.

February 4 at 2:00pm
February 4 at 4:00pm

RadioBody: Radiohead Danced and Played in Jazz

Rhythmically Speaking dance company is back at Amsterdam Bar and Hall with RadioBody, a live show driven by and reflecting the toil and triumph embedded in the music of pioneering alt-electronic band Radiohead.

Featuring live dance, screen dance, and projection designs set to original jazz renditions of Radiohead tunes played live by a quartet of excellent local jazz musicians, RadioBody is sure to excite dance, jazz and Radiohead fans alike.

Friday, February 10 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 11 at 2:00pm – Pay As You Are
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30pm

Tickets and more info can be found here.
$20 in advance, $24 at the door.

Hope to see you at the show!

Informal Studio Showing with UMTAD Professor jess pretty

In August, jess pretty joined the University of Minnesota Theater Arts and Dance as Assistant Professor Dance.

jess pretty (she/her/hers) received an MFA in Dance with a minor in Queer Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. she has shown her work at La Mama Experimental Theater Club (2017 La Mama Moves Festival), New York Live Arts (as a 2016/17 Fresh Tracks artist), CATCH!, Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, the CURRENT SESSIONS, panoply performing arts space, Green Street Studios, three ACDA conferences, and the Chocolate Factory Theatre. pretty has collaborated and been a part of the works of: Will Rawls, Claudia Rankine, Kevin Beasley, Okwui Okpokwasili, Peter Born, Catherine Gallasso, David Thomson, Katie Workum, Niall Jones, Jennifer Monson, Cynthia Oliver, Leslie Cuyjet and Dianne McIntyre.

Informal Studio Showing
February 10, 2023 at 4:30pm
Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100

Free to all!

PARADISE at The Southern Theater

Hatch Dance presents PARADISE, a new dance theater piece premiering February 16-19, 2023 at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

Creatively led by Jon Ferguson (The Nature CrownSuper MonkeyPlease Don’t Blow Up Mr. Boban) and Helen Hatch (Hatch Dance, AuLDV)PARADISE combines contemporary dance, improvisation, physical theater, clown, and music to spark moments of joy, relief, and honesty through a journey beyond the shroud of the everyday. PARADISE marks Jon Ferguson’s first work since returning to the Twin Cities, and first collaborative venture between Ferguson and Hatch, who are joined by performers Artemis Brown, Juliana Johnson, Kendall Kramer, Javan Mngrezzo, Ayaka Moriyama, and Genevieve Waterbury. Original music conceived by Seth Conover and Joseph Strachan will be played live, with sets and design by multi-disciplinary artist Ashley Mary.

February 16 at 7:30pm
February 17 at 7:30pm
February 18 at 7:30pm
February 19 at 2:00pm
Price: $15-25

Crude Tuesdays at the BLB

CRUDE TUESDAY spelled with yarn, button, and miscellaneous materials

Dear movers, dancers, and lovers of the body:

Introducing Crude Tuesdays, a new monthly gathering at the Bryant Lake Bowl!

We are transforming the stage of the BLB (it’s a small stage – some have said it measures 9×22) into a space to play, experiment, perform, and create; in the moment; with each other; for each other; with love, joy, and raw honesty shaking up our bones.

Concretely, we want to provide a space for movers to perform: whether you want to share your work-in-progress, improvise, facilitate a spontaneous group-dance, or sit in silence for 5 minutes, we welcome you to the stage.

And if you want to come and watch, we welcome you to the chairs:

February 21
March 21
April 17

Come, come, bring your bodies and your heart-cups, and get ready to be surprised.

With love,
Zoë and Kendall

Christopher Watson Dance Company Presents Resurgence

Resurgence features dances by Christopher Watson, Becky Heist, Anne-Marie Wittenberg, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Jennifer Mack, Genevieve Waterbury and guest choreographers Thern Anderson and Erin Thompson.

The dances address themes of the intricacies of relationships, resilience in the face of challenge, and reconnecting in a world changed by the pandemic. Musical accompaniment includes selections from J.S. Bach, Handel’s Water Music, contemporary composers George Hurd and Kerry Muzzey, local music by singer/songwriter Matt Marka of Ada Jane, and music icons Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin and George Michael.

Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 25 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Concerto Dance Presents Looking Back/Moving Forward

Concerto Dance presents Looking Back/Moving Forward at the Southern Theater, March 10-12.

Looking Back/Moving Forward features a mixed repertoire of modern and jazz dance works from Artistic Director Jolene Konkel, including audience favorite Ode to Opus Jazz (2018), along with two premieres choreographed by visiting guest artists Steve Rooks (formerly of the Martha Graham Company, NYC) and Cynthia Gutierrez Garner (Artistic Director of Company Movimiento, Eugene, OR).

Join us for this evening of vibrant concert dance as we reflect on the past and look forward with hopeful expectations – moving forward together!

Concerto Dance Company Members: Rachel Bonkoungou, Lydia Kantor, Sara Karimi, Helena Magalhães, Shannon Mulcahy, Betsy G. Nelson, Sarah Pieper, and Maddy Woodman.
Guest Artists: Rush Benson, Malia Craft, Brenda Nepsund, and Doug Hooker.
Apprentices: Hunter Batterson and Kaitlyn Craven.

Friday, March 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 12, 3:00pm

Tickets: $25 (plus fees)