Studio Stories Features Candy Box Dance Artists

ARENA DANCES’ weekly podcast shares a mini series featuring artists that will premiere new work at our CANDY BOX Dance Festival July 12-16! This Thursday, tune in to our conversation with Pedro Pablo of Viva la Pepa and next Tuesday, listen to HIJACK!

Pedro Pablo
July 8 at Noon
Pedro Pablo (they/them) is a Venezuelan-raised, Minneapolis-based queer dancer / performance maker, and founder/director of Viva la Pepa (, a collective of multi-generational queer performers in the Twin Cities. Their works are fueled by the overlapping values of Latinx and Queer cultures: melodrama, passion, decadence, and sensuality.

July 13 at Noon
HIJACK is the Minneapolis-based choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. HIJACK is the confluence and clash of two independent compositional/kinesthetic impulses. Their dances embrace juxtaposition. Their dances house unlikely intimates and question “who is the enemy?” Over the last 28 years they have created over 100 dances and performed in venues ranging from proscenium to barely-legal.

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Kelli Miles