Kinetic Kitchen celebrates 10 years at Patrick's Cabaret

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Sarah Jabar and Lindsay Bullock, Photo courtesy the artist
Jennifer Glaws
Kinetic Kitchen, the dance series produced by Sarah LaRose-Holland, celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend at Patrick's Cabaret. The show features an impressive lineup of choreographers, including two -- Christopher Watson Dance Company and Sarah Hauss -- who have been with the series since the beginning.

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Vanessa Voskuil premieres large-scale dance The Student at O'Shaughnessy

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Photo by Grant Halverson 
After a two-year exploration, director and dance maker Vanessa Voskuil presents the culmination of her large-scale dance- and music-theater piece, The Student, this weekend at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium as part St. Catherine University's Women of Substance series. Premiering on Thursday, the work features about 70 local dancers, actors, and community members, plus 100 student vocalists from St. Catherine University, Hamline University, and Perpich Center for the Arts Education.
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Zorongo's ConVivir explores religion and intolerance

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Photo by Eric Saulitis
Susana Di Palma 
In their latest work, premiering at the Cowles Center this weekend, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre takes on the interplay between the three largest monotheistic religions. Titled ConVivir, the piece, choreographed by Zorongo's artistic director Susana Di Palma, follows one woman, played by Di Palma, as she journeys from Spain's Convivencia period to today. 

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Mad King Thomas presents The Narrator Is Suspect in Powderhorn

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Mad King Thomas 
Postmodern feminist dance trio Mad King Thomas present their latest work this weekend in an interactive and intimate performance that explores family and place, held at a private residence. The piece, called The Narrator Is Suspect, leads the audience through the house for storytelling, dancing, and cake. 

The piece "is all about home," says Theresa Madeus, who makes up Mad King Thomas along with Tara King and Monica Thomas.

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Black Label Movement premieres "Hive" at Cowles

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Carl Flink and John Bohannon's 2012 TED Talk "Let's Talk About Sex"
Black Label Movement returns to the Cowles Center this weekend with the world premiere of artistic director Carl Flink's new piece, "Hive," inspired by a swarm of bees. BLM will also be presenting a regional premiere of their TED talk, "Let's Talk about Sex," created with science writer John Bohannon and accompanied by the band Jello Slave, and two older pieces Flink choreographed in 2006.

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Local dancers reflect on working with iconic choreographer Trisha Brown

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L-R: Kathleen Fisher, Kevin Kortan, and Diane Madden in Trisha Brown's "M.O." Music by Bach. Photo by Ming-Hsun Lee. Courtesy of Kevin Kortan.
Trisha Brown began walking on walls with specially designed equipment and dancing on New York City rooftops in the post-modern 1960s and '70s. Her performances, with the improvisational collective the Grand Union and in the iconic avant-garde venue Judson Church, helped to redefine what dance could be: a pedestrian and task-oriented movement, often based on a set of complicated instructions, often performed in silence.

Just when the dance world thought it had her pegged as an ascetic minimalist, Brown began making sensuous movements that suggested the architecture of, say, a liquefied Weisman Museum: flowing in eccentric and unpredictable ways while maintaining a clarity of design that dazzled the mind and the eye.

She has continued to evolve in the course of her long and distinguished career, working with artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson. Her rigorous structuring of straightforward movement, her brainy wit, and her experimental forays into everything -- including aerial work, opera, and robotics -- have changed the landscape of contemporary dance.

The iconic artist has now retired, and her company is on its final tour before disbanding. Co-presented by Northrop Dance and the Walker Art Center, where Brown began an ongoing residential relationship in 1974, this final retrospective includes celebrated works like "Set and Reset (1983)" and "Astral Convertible (1989)."

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SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance returns this weekend

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L-R: SuperGroup, Nichole Canuso, Naka Dance, Elia Mrak
SCUBA National Touring Network For Dance returns for its ninth season with a stop at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis this weekend. Featuring four dance groups working in contemporary forms, each performance is a chance for Twin Cities audiences to see artists based in other cities. 

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Poonies at Patrick's Cabaret this weekend

J'Sun Howard, and Darrell Jones
There's a lot about Chicago that Minneapolitans have to feel kinship about. There's the cold weather, the love of biking, the thriving art and theater scene, and lots of great music. Plus, it's a reasonable road trip to get from one city to another. So it's no surprise when collaborations pop up between the two cities. For example, the returning Poonies at Patrick's features eclectic performances from three artists from Chicago and three from Minneapolis at Patrick's Cabaret this weekend.

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Small Dances: Coming to a living room near you

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Photo by Ben McGinley 
For independent choreographer Laura Holway, presenting pieces in a big theater became cost-prohibitive to creating work. So, as an alternative, she's presenting Small Dances in multiple homes around the Twin Cities. The format allows for more of the budget to go toward the artists who actually make the work, and also provides an intimate setting to experience the pieces. 

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Minnesota Dance Theatre's entire board of directors steps down

Promo image from Minnesota Dance Theatre's Fall Season performance, 2013
The news was unexpected. Last night, Minnesota Dance Theatre's board of directors announced that they would resign as a whole. The dance company and school, however, remains successful and intact.

See also:
Minnesota Dance Theatre celebrates 50 years with 'Carmina Burana' [a retrospective]

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