2017 Resident Companies

Main Street School of Performing Arts presents Myth & Lore
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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.
Live Action Set
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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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April 28-May 6

Candy Box, presented by Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES is an eclectic gathering of performances, workshops and public showings with some of Janczewski’s favorite dance makers, alongside ARENA’s full-evening work, Picturing That Day.
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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The Altered Esthetics Film Festival

The Altered Esthetics Film Festival
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June 1-3

The Altered Esthetics Film Festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, genre-expanding documentary, contemporary art practices, and avant-garde poetics. The selections of short film and video work stretch the notion of what moving image is and can be.
Aniccha Arts
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Aniccha Arts

3600 Cuts
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June 8-9

Anniccha Arts presents 3600 Cuts, an interdisciplinary performance by Piotr Szyhalski and Pramila Vasudevan. It is about the endless quest for 'higher resolution'-the detail-and how this phenomenon connects to the parallel quest for understanding human ecology.
Gadu Doushin
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Gadu Doushin

BOKU-Uncarved Human
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June 15-17

BOKU-Uncarved Human is a collaboration by Butoh artist Gadu and composer Michael Flora. BOKU means "I" in Japanese. It also means "one who serves others" Set in sound scape by Michael Flora, this show is a movement mediation on "I"-dentity as an egoless uncarved human.
Kaleena Miller Dance
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Kaleena Miller Dance

Shift
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June 22-25

Tap dance has always had deep ties to the music that scores it. Kaleena Miller, in collaboration with her company of dancers, is changing the way those ties are made. Their newest work, Shift, reverses the standard tap dance-music process. Rather than originating with the musicians, Miller’s dancers created an evening-length tap sound score and then handed it over to four different musicians. Each of them then created a separate original soundtrack to accompany the dance.Kaleena Miller Dance will premiere Shift in four nights of performance at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis as part of its ARTshare program. Each performance will feature the same dance, but different music every night. Audiences are invited to see the fundamental ways sound can influence movement, and what remains intrinsic to dance.
Ka Joog
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Ka Joog

Siyaasada Maanta "The Politics Of Today"
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July 27-28
Minnesota Dance Collaborative presents Vivify
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Minnesota Dance Collaborative

Vivify
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August 17-19

Vivify, the first installment of Minnesota Dance Collaborative's 2017 season, explores the kinetic possibilities of iconic visual art and artists. Allow MDC to be your docent as we reinterpret classic works of art through the mediums of movement and music. Dancers will bring to life traditional elements of art with a focus on the dynamic connection of color and emotion. Vivify - A Still Life in Motion.
Joe Horton presents Black Magnesia
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Joe Horton

Black Magnesia
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August 24-26

Black Magnesia is three nights of improvised music, each highlighting a different aspect of what makes improvisation foundational to the human experience.
Dancing on the Edge
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Dancing on the Edge

Theatre Novi Most
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September 7-9

Theatre Novi Most presents the world premiere of a new bilingual play by Adam Kraar about the tumultuous marriage of American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin. Dancing on the Edge takes place in Russia, Boston and Europe at the dawn of the Soviet Union and follows the passionate pairing of these two celebrated artists, set against a poetic examination of Russian-American relations.
WLDRNSS
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WLDRNSS

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September 15-23
Set in the depths of an antique theater, When I Nod My Head You Hit It With The Hammer follows the story of a handful of walk-on/supernumerary performers. Surrounded by the debris of a thousand old stories and waiting for their cue, they accidentally contemplate their life choices. They must try to stay on the path, not fiddle with anyone else's props and make it back in time for their cue. Comic, poetic and deeply personal, this world premiere new work explores themes of self-doubt, personal adventure, wonder and hope.
Swandive Theatre
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Swandive Theatre

mONSTER by Sam Graber
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September 29 - October 7

In a tiny and cramped college dorm room, Nessa and Brill have just met as incoming freshman roommates. While Nessa is brimming with energy, Brill never leaves the room. There's something mysterious and important Brill is doing and if she stops doing it, even for a moment, people will die. mONSTER is play about the dark and savage places of the Internet.
West Bank Business Association presents a Crash Course
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West Bank Business Association

The third annual West Bank Crash Course
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October 9-15

The West Bank Crash Course is an un-conference highlighting all things West Bank, bringing together businesses and guests from across various sectors and professions to celebrate the neighborhood’s myriad diversity.
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

The Southern is hosting the sixth Twin Cities Horror Festival, eleven days of horrifying excitement featuring theater, dance, music and film.
Blue Water Theatre Company
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Blue Water Theatre Company

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November 9-11
BRKFST
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BRKFST

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November 30 - December 2

Formerly known as In New Company, these seven dynamic performers, each with distinct training backgrounds, aesthetics and specialties present the product of four years of investigative, collaborative dance-making. The evening features imaginative works that tease the edges of breakin’, martial arts, burlesque, and contemporary dance vernacular. At times intensely physical and chaotic, at others precise and contemplative, a taste of BRKFST will prove that time flies when you’re having fun. You’ll be wishing for more.
Exposed Brick Theatre
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Exposed Brick Theatre

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December 7-9

How much is too much? How little is too little, and who gets to decide? From burkas to bikinis; from garments that nip and tuck to what not to wear after 40; from mom jeans to ever-changing fashion trends — when it comes to women's clothing, it seems like everyone has an opinion. CLOTH is a new work that explores women’s relationship to cloth, covering and choice, and the avalanche of factors influencing that choice.
Minnesota Dance Collaborative
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Minnesota Dance Collaborative

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December 15-17