Paula Mann/Time Track Productions present: Toward Utopia

Toward Utopia is a contemporary dance performance exploring the conflict between my needs and the greater good.

Five performers interrogate the dynamics of individual struggles and attempt to connect across a chasm of miscommunication and animosity with raw emotion and physicality.

The work explores the desire to create a more perfect world, charting the emotional struggles of individualism vs the group dynamic, seeking a common purpose toward an equitable future. What will it take to create systemic change?

Choreography: Paula Mann
Projection by Steve Paul
Sound score by Tarek Abdelqader

Performed by: Leila Awadallah, Carmen Lucia Lincoln, Erika Martin, Johnathan Surber and Roxane Wallace

Collide Theatrical Presents Wonderland

September 22-October 2

Welcome to Wonderland, a premier psychiatric hospital. Dr. Knight has the difficult task of treating a man who refers to himself as a “White Rabbit” who suffers from a severe anxiety disorder, a young woman named Alice with body dysmorphia, and a Queen figure suffering from narcissistic rage. But as the doctor digs deeply into the causes and roots of their disorders he begins to ask: what does “normal” really mean?

Collide brings its newly improved hit production onto the stage in a co-production with Artistry Theater. For tickets visit Seating is general admission.

Black Label Movement Presents Canary, Crimson then Emerald

This vibrant, technicolor, evening-length experience explores the energies swirling before (Canary) and during (Crimson) the height of COVID lockdowns – then offers a vision (Emerald) of glorious reconnection and physical embrace as essential bridges to imagining and manifesting a renewed and recharged community on the other side of the pandemic.

TCB Season Preview Performance

Come celebrate Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s new season and welcome its new professional company members and apprentices! Learn about the exciting performances coming up this season, meet and mingle with its Artistic Directors, board, staff, and dancers, and watch a preview performance by the company!

There will be many opportunities for you to support TCB throughout the night, including a silent auction, handmade items for sale, and information about tickets for upcoming performances.

Families, friends, supporters, and the curious are all welcome!

Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm – the Dance Cube performance space at Ballet Royale.

Suggested donation of $10.

Universal Dance Destiny Eighteenth Showcase

We are celebrating dances of the past, present, and future with Universal Dance Destiny – the ongoing movement. UDD presents one of the most unique diverse showcases in the midwest. Yes, it’s that time again folks. Mark your calendars and let’s get ready to heat up the city – it’s on for the eighteenth time!

Saturday, September 24 from 7:00-9:00pm

Come experience a timeline of dances like never before as you witness dance presenters of various genres. The theme of this showcase is “dances of the past, present, and future” featuring our favorite choreographers and dancers. Come see who all will be blessing our stage! Also, enjoy tasty refreshments and you can meet and greet the performers after the show. Don’t miss out!

Outdoor event – bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
ADA accessible, street parking lot, and near public transportation.
Pay What You Can with donations welcomed.

Event link to RSVP and share here.
Change your profile and/or cover photo (landscape version) and win a free hip hop dance workshop. Let’s make it happen once again, folks!

You don’t want to miss this!

DALAKOPA International Folk Music

DALAKOPA International Folk Music – an exclusive Midwest tour!

Since 1985, Dalakopa has been famous in Norway after the group won first prize at Titano Festivalen. In addition, the group won a contract with Heilo records. In 1986 that recording was nominated for a Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy) and won. This honor was followed by a substantial winning streak at old-time dance contests through the 1980s and 1990s.

Dalakopa’s music has appeal for dancers accustomed to lively, old-time tunes as well as folks who enjoy listening to – and watching – energetic, soulful, performances and personalities.

There are 9 musicians in the group: 3 fiddles, 2 accordions, bass, guitar and wooden flute/recorder. Dalakopa musicians all love sharing music with others. Dalakopa is an international group of musicians from 4 countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the USA. Together they have forged a special sound, due to the countries from which band members come. Their traditional repertoire comes mostly from Røros and Østerdalen, Sweden, with originals from the group’s composers.

Online registration available. Doors open at 6:45pm.

$15 General
$12 Members
$10 Ages 10-21

James Sewell Ballet Open Rehearsal

Open rehearsal for James Sewell Ballet’s upcoming show Breathe on Friday, September 30 from 1:00-2:00pm!

Come see excerpts from upcoming new works by choreographers Michael Walters, Arimee Gambill and XINA as well as James Sewell’s work, Grey.

Masks required for visitors.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Q&A and mingling with the dancers and choreographers to follow the sneak peek.

Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Please send a note to to reserve your spot!

Ananya Dance Theatre’s Nün Gherāo at The O’Shaughnessy

Ananya Dance Theatre explores betrayal, dispossession, exile, and the desperate global resistance against great odds that fuels hope and survival in a new piece that premieres at The O’Shaughnessy, Friday-Saturday, September 30-October 1, at 7:30pm. ASL-interpreted on Friday, September 30.

Using the 1978-79 massacre of 10,000 refugees on the Marichjhapi Island in West Bengal, India, as its point of departure, Nün Gherāo: Surrounded by Salt tags and stimulates different sites of memory through meditations on dancing in salt water, where one’s tears meet the rising and warming oceans of our world.

Choreographed by Ananya Chatterjea and performed by the artists of Ananya Dance Theatre, Nün Gherāo (“noon ghey-raow”) becomes activated through shared breath and rhythms, practices of mourning, overlapping time cycles, ritualized movement, dances of liberation, and personal connection.

The choreographic language of Yorchhā employs movement principles of Odissi, Mayurbhanj Chhau, and Vinyasa Yoga to articulate a contemporary feminist consciousness and aesthetic.

This world premiere features the work of an exceptional team of collaborators, including sound artist Spirit McIntyre (performing live), stage director Marcus Young, lighting designer Kevin A. Jones, costume designer Annie Cady, scenery designer Chelsea Warren, properties designer Kezia Florence, writer Mimi Mondal, and filmmaker Darren Johnson.

Ananya Dance Theatre and The O’Shaughnessy are implementing Pay What You Can for these performances with a suggested ticket price of $30.

Learn more about Nün Gherāo.

You’re Invited: The Cowles Center’s DecaDANCE Fundraiser

Join The Cowles Center on Friday, October 7 from 7:00–11:00pm for our annual dessert and dance party fundraiser to celebrate our wonderful education programs!

With Ricci Milan as the night’s emcee, enjoy the party by indulging in decadent drinks and desserts, showing off your beautiful smile at the photo booth, connecting with fellow dance lovers, funding our Arts in Education programs, and living it up at the late-night dance party led by Rhythm Street Movement.

7:00pm: Social hour with hosted bar and desserts from The Copper Hen
8:00pm: Program and performances featuring our fund-a-need for Arts Education programs
9:00pm: Dance party on stage, prizes, and fun led by Rhythm Street Movement

Learn more and get tickets here!

Chloe Nagle and Kym McDaniel – Red Eye Curated Rental

Join choreographer Chloe Nagle and filmmaker Kym McDaniel for a series of programs including performances, screenings, work-in-progress showings and a dance filmmaking workshop at the Red Eye Theater. Performances and screenings premiere October 7, 8, and 14 at 7:00pm, with a Dance Filmmaking Community Workshop on October 8 at 4:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets for purchase at the door. Cash, Venmo, and PayPal are accepted. For more information and to RSVP for the workshop, please visit: 

October 7 at 7:00pm: Entrance and Exit Strategies 
Chloe Nagle and Kym McDaniel introduce themselves to the Minneapolis dance community in an evening of experimental film and improvisation scores. After developing debilitating chronic pain from a dance injury, McDaniel created the films entitled Exit Strategies. Over the course of five short films, she questions the intersection between trauma, chronic illness, and healing. Nagle’s improvisation score engages audience participation to explore individual and collective choice-making.

October 8 from 4:00-6:00pm: Dance Filmmaking Workshop
In this free workshop open to all ages and experience, participants collaborate in pairs to create a one-minute choreographic one-take video, highlighting the choreography of a body in motion. Final one-take projects will be screened at the beginning of The Language of Gesture! Participants also receive free entrance to the evening’s program. Register for workshop here.

October 8 at 7:00pm: The Language of Gesture 
The Language of Gesture is a hybrid film/dance touring program premiering in Minneapolis for the first time. Curated by Kym McDaniel, the films within the program explore artists who use movement and gesture as a means of communication. Featured film and movement artists include Chanelle Lajoie, Terrance Houle, Martine Syms, Ariana Gerstein, A.M. Baggs, and Chloe Nagle.

October 14 at 7:00pm: Work-In-Progress Showing
Kym McDaniel and Chloe Nagle premiere an immersive, multimedia collaborative work investigating boundary setting and the body’s relationship with trauma. By creating dance and video improvisation structures with elements of unpredictability, the artists seek to translate how pain shapes interaction with ourselves, other people, and the environment.