Southern Theater launches ArtShare, a new model for artists and audiences

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Black Label Movement 
The Southern Theater rolled out its new ArtShare program yesterday, offering a Netflix-like experience for audience members that will feature a lineup of local dance and theater companies. While single tickets for shows will continue to be available, the Southern is hoping to bring its patrons along on a more cooperative model, where a monthly membership affords them the opportunity to choose from a variety of rotating performances at a discounted rate. 

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Rosy Simas presents haunting work at the Red Eye

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Hot off the heels of her gallery installation at All My Relations Gallery, which has been extended through July 13, Rosy Simas takes the full production of We Wait in Darkness to the Red Eye Theater this week. A meditation on her family history, in particular the story of her Seneca grandmother, Simas's introspective piece probes the shameful history of the U.S.'s treatment of her family's tribe, and the repercussions of that history on future generations. This is done through following the journeys of women both past and present striving to work through trauma.

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Rosy Simas digs into her roots for We Wait in Darkness

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Queertopia: Bring on the evolution

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During an aside last night by Tiffany Roberts, host of this year's Queertopia at Intermedia Arts, she acknowledged a typo in the show's subtitle, "QUEEREVOLUTION." Apparently, there has been some confusion about whether that meant "queer revolution" or "queer evolution." While both meanings could definitely fit the mood of the show, which is co-presented with Bedlam Theatre, "evolution" seems a more appropriate signifier for this edition of the festival as performers probe, celebrate, and explore queer identity and community in a rollicking evening of entertainment.  

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Rosy Simas digs into her roots for "We Wait in Darkness"

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Still Image courtesy Rosy Simas 
"We Wait in Darkness,"
a new work by choreographer Rosy Simas, started when she was stuck in bed for three weeks. Finding herself with a lot of time on her hands, she ended up doing an in-depth genealogy study on her family and the Seneca people. Though she knew quite a bit of her history from stories told to her by her mother, she wanted to find out more about Seneca culture and its matrilineal society. "We get our identity and clan from the female side," she says. "I was interested in unraveling that."

The piece opens this week at All My Relations Gallery as an art installation, with dance, lectures, and panel discussions this month. It will also be shown as a full-length performance piece at the Red Eye Theater in July.

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Emily Johnson/Catalyst's "SHORE" completes a performance trilogy with dance, feasts, and more

Categories: Dance
Photos by Cameron Wittig
For Emily Johnson, everything is a dance. This includes walking the banks of the Mississippi, cleaning up trash, feasting, farming, and performing. "I constantly ask the question, 'How do the dances I make relate to the work everyone does in the world?' Performance is one kind of work related to every other kind," says Johnson.

Her newest piece, "SHORE," is a peripatetic, multi-day performance installation of dance, story, volunteerism, and feasting. It begins with a reading today at the Loft Literary Center, and includes a day of community action and volunteerism along the Mississippi River, two evening performances at Northrop on the University of Minnesota campus, and a potluck feast in Wisconsin.

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Kevin Obsatz and friends take on the road movie

Categories: Dance, Film and TV
This week, artists explore the road movie at Bryant-Lake Bowl with two evenings of film, video, and performance centered on Crazy Horse, a short film by Kevin Obsatz. Along with the 12-minute piece, Obsatz has invited artists from the Twin Cities community to show work examining the idea of distance and places in between. 

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Red Eye's Works-in-Progress series celebrates 30 years

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Billy Mullaney and Emily Gastineau
As part of its 30th season, Red Eye Theater's New Works 4 Weeks, an annual festival celebrating experimental and multidisciplinary performance, kicks off this weekend with five short shows that have been developed in the theater's intensive Works-in-Progress program, which provides support and mentoring for emerging artists. Featuring new work by Eben Kowler, Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney, Kym Longhi, Sharon Picasso, and Joe Waechter, the Works-in-Progress show runs through a gamut of styles as the artists push themselves to discover new ways of creating performance. 

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Tracing Fault Lines by Mad Munchkin Productions

For Tracing Fault Lines, Mad Munchkins Productions' (MMP) show opening this weekend at In the Heart of the Beast, the performance and puppetry company takes on conflict -- whether it be natural, man-made, or interpersonal -- in a show that explores how humans are affected by the world, and how we affect the world around us. 

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Ragamala Dance joins jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa at the Walker

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Aparna Ramaswamy
Ragamala Dance may be based in the Bharatanatyam tradition, but the company is no stranger to collaboration. Having previously teamed up with Taiko drummers, Balinese dancers, and an African dance troupe, their current collaboration, commissioned by the Walker Art Center, seems a natural trajectory for the group. This time they're working with jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa, who himself often blends influences from his Indian ancestry and other cultures into the jazz form.  More »

Zenon presents new and favorite pieces at the Cowles this weekend

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Photo courtesy Zenon Dance Company and School 
Zenon Dance Company opens its spring concert at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts this weekend with an evening of work that artistic director Linda Andrews says is extremely physical for the top-notch group of dancers. The performance features two world premieres, "Folktale Zero" by Minnesota-based choreographer Daniel Stark, and a new piece by Netta Yerushalvy, who is based in New York City and has worked extensively in Israel. Also on the docket will be a reprise of "My Quarrelling Heart," choreographed by 2013 MacArthur Genius Fellow Kyle Abraham, and Danny Buraczeski's epic "Ezekiel's Wheel," which was previously presented last fall. 

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