Run With Me: Moving Us Through the Connective Power of Dance - October 28 to October 29

ARENA DANCES kicks off its 26th season of favorites with LIVE dance at The Southern Theater!

Mathew Janczewski brings his subtle, rich and viscerally honest choreographic voice to the historic Southern Theater stage for performances by ARENA DANCES. Noted for their unique physicality and humanistic performances, this bill of favorites is a complimentary array of ARENA’s diverse talents. As the company gears up for a fall of touring, be a part of this celebratory home kickoff. 

Run With Me
The show’s title work is a popular work from the past—revitalized for today. Opening the show, this lush, sinuous men’s quartet is a display of immense endurance, inspired by the writings of David Wojnarowicz. Lightsey Darst for MN Artists called it a “…vivid whirl, densely layered and evocative…with moments of crystalline clarity. Melancholic, romantic, dramatic and lovely.” 

One Room
One Room is an all female sextet that surges with the central theme that personal viewpoints shared among collective power will prevail. As the dancers negotiate the space around them, and each other, the movement builds layer by layer, working toward a powerful resolution. The movement is a meditation on the need to join together in one room, coming to the table to face conflict, negotiation, compromise, and strength as one voice.

hold my hand
hold my hand is built on the score “Requiem” by Minnesota composer and 2018 McKnight Fellowship recipient, Joshua Clausen. The score and work is inspired by Sophie Chou’s sonification of gun violence statistics.

Open Eyes
A symbiotic relationship of two movers melting and embracing into one another with technical prowess and risk that only can be obtained with pure trust in each other. This duet was originally choreographed with long-time ARENA dancer and muse Amy Behm Thomson with artistic director, Mathew Janczewski.

An angularly stark, white-hot cool quartet driven by the music of fourtet. The full body movement of each dancer must fit within the group pushing, pulling and fitting together. Quartet was honored to be selected for performance through the American College Dance Festival at the John F.  Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. 

Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29 at 7:00pm

General admission, $20 in advance if purchased by October 24. $24 week of show and at the door. 

Opening night Dine and Dance
6:00pm hosted happy hour reception and performance. Thursday, October 28. $40

The mission of ARENA DANCES is to make dance accessible to all through the presentation of contemporary dance, educational outreach, and community gatherings to inspire and promote dialogue and diversity. We continually re-draw the boundaries of our work, challenging physical extremes and exploring bodies as they relate to each other and space. The work is abstract in form, giving shape to emotions and exploring the depths and limits of what drives us as humans to connect. Learn more at, and follow our latest moves on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Location Info

The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski

Box Office Info

Price: $20-24
Date: October 28, 2021  Time: 7:00 pm
Date: October 29, 2021  Time: 7:00 pm