2017 Resident Companies

Main Street School of Performing Arts
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Main Street School of Performing Arts

Myth & Lore
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January 19-21

History's greatest legends come alive in this multidisciplinary evening of theatre and dance, featuring original work by John Mark and Aeysha Kinnunen. Audience members can expect an evening of highly physical work, breathing new life into ancient stories.
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Phipps Dance Theater

Blackbird
Phipps Dance Theater
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January 26-29

Blackbird features the work of one of the most influential jazz and musical theatre choreographers in dance history, Bob Fosse. Original choreography, remounted and performed by the Phipps Dance Theater, will showcase famous pieces in a three-act production featuring music from Chicago, Damn Yankees and Fosse the Musical.
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Labrador

A Life-Sized Dialogue with the Moon
Labrador
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February 2-4

Labrador's inaugural production explores themes of personal bafflement and wonder underneath the universe. What's out there and what's inside us? What is our purpose here and how do we find meaning and connection on the journey? A Life-Sized Dialogue with the Moon promises to be playful, poetic, inventive and deeply moving.
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Seven Artists

SEVEN
Seven Artists
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February 10-11

Seven Artists: A collection of new works. Seven independent dance artists with varying experiences and backgrounds go beyond the ordinary by combining and creating work together within a week of rapid-fire experimentation culminating in two nights of uninhibited performance.
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Four Humors Theater

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
Four Humors Theater
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February 17-25

A tale of love, mistaken identity, and pies!

The pressure of Victorian high society can be a lot for someone to live up to. Except in Jack Worthing's case, where posing as his own (imaginary) brother Ernest is his ticket to party like there is no tomorrow. He's even ready to settle down and marry Gwendylon, the cousin of his best friend Algernon. Gwendolyn couldn't be happier, as she's always wanted to marry a man, as long as he's named Ernest. Things are even further complicated when Jack's (imaginary) brother Ernest shows up at his house. Confused? Don't think about it too hard. Theater plots are notoriously silly, after all.

It's Oscar Wilde's famous 19th-century classic farce as only Four Humors could do it: honestly.
Savage Umbrella
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Savage Umbrella

The Awakening
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March 3-11

Edna Pontellier has zero effs left to give. Nothing is really wrong, at all, except for the inconvenient fact that she's slowly dying inside. Here we have one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel.
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Live Action Set

Unset
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March 21-26

Unset invites the audience to play: to play expressively, significantly, and with us, as part of us. Each evening consists of a series of improvised dances in which a self-chosen audience member becomes co-creator of the dance as a guest star of the company. We aim to redefine the set of performers on stage, the set of movements rehearsed, and the set division between performer and audience.
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Animal Engine

Darlings
Animal Engine
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March 20-April 1

Darlings re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan from the perspective of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night — where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can’t trust the charming little boy with the impish smile.
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Sheep Theater

The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand
Sheep Theater
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April 6-8

Sarajevo, June 28th, 1914. Gavrilo Princip, with the help of five other members of Young Bosnia, assassinated the Austrian-Hungarian heir apparent, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie.

Join Sheep Theater for an absurd and hilarious look at history — both real and surreal.
Theatre Novi Most
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Theatre Novi Most

Master Builder
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April 14-22

Following its acclaimed staging of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Theatre Novi Most presents another classic of the European theatrical canon with this complex drama by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by TNM co-founder Vladimir Rovinsky.

The story follows master architect Halvard Solness (Pearce Bunting) and his wife Aline (Barbra Berlovitz) through an existential mid life crisis involving past losses that still haunt and profound fear about the future. The challenges of a bright young woman (Shelby Richardson) seem to bring some answers. But as always, Ibsen keeps us in suspense. This story is highly charged with secret desires, stunning poetic language, Freudian and Nietzschean motives and … there is that troll.
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ARENA Dances

Candy Box
ARENA Dances
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Late April-Early May
Walking Shadow Theatre Company
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Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Red Velvet
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May 12-28

Edmund Kean, a titan of his generation, collapses on stage, leaving Covent Garden without its Othello. Ira Aldridge, an unknown African American actor, is invited to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
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Altered Esthetics Film Festival

Altered Esthetics Film Festival
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May 29-June 3

Over the past 10 years, Altered Esthetics has hosted over 100 group exhibitions, launched a solo exhibitions program for emerging artists, and have brought the work of more than 500 artists to public view - many of whom were sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. Altered Esthetics largest program is the Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual ARTshare event dedicated to the organization’s mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach.

By drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, the festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, genre-expanding documentary, and contemporary art practices. The selections of short film and video work and accompanying panel discussions stretches the notion of what the moving image is and can be.
Aniccha Arts
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Aniccha Arts

3600 Cuts
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June 8-10

Gadu Doushin
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Gadu Doushin

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June 15-16
Kaleena Miller
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Kaleena Miller

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June 22-24
Momentum
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Momentum

New Dance Works
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July
Ka Joog
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Ka Joog

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July 27-28
Minnesota Fringe Festival
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Minnesota Fringe Festival

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August 3-13
Minnesota Dance Collaborative
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Minnesota Dance Collaborative

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August 17-19
Joseph Horton
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Joseph Horton

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August 24-26
Dancing on the Edge
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Dancing on the Edge

Theatre Novi Most
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September 7-9
Theatre Forever
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Theatre Forever

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September 15-23
Swandive Theatre
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Swandive Theatre

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September 29 - October 7
West Bank Business Association
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West Bank Business Association

Crash Course
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October 9-15
April Sellers
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April Sellers

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October 19-21
Twin Cities Horror Festival
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Twin Cities Horror Festival

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October 26-November 5
Blue Water Theatre Company
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Blue Water Theatre Company

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November 9-11
Alternative Motion Project
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Alternative Motion Project

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November 15-17
In New Company
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In New Company

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November 30 - December 2
Exposed Brick Theatre
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Exposed Brick Theatre

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December 7-9
Minnesota Dance Collaborative
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Minnesota Dance Collaborative

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December 15-17