Pleasure Rebel aims to subvert at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Moheb Soliman
Pleasure Rebel, a subversive performance series at Bryant-Lake Bowl, is expanding in scope by bringing in an out-of-town artist. Qilo Matzen, a Bay Area dancer and improviser, will be joining two up-and-coming local artists, Moheb Soliman and Pramila Vasudevan, for what promises to be an intriguing evening of new work.

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Rhythmically Speaking returns for its sixth year of rhythm-based dance

Categories: Dance
Photo by Calabay Productions
Rhythmically Speaking, an evening showcase of choreographers working with jazz and rhythm forms of dance, is back for its sixth year this weekend. Performing at the Southern Theater, the showcase features a diverse mix of artists who all find inspiration from the way music and beats can move bodies in a space.
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Don't You Feel it Too? Dancing for Marriage Equality

Categories: Dance, LGBTQ
Photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash
Can you believe it's been a year since Minnesota passed Marriage Equality? How does it make you feel? Perhaps you feel like dancing? Well, you're in luck. To mark the occasion Don't You Feel it Too? (DYFIT), a group organized by artist Marcus Young and Grace Minnesota, will be dancing today in celebration in a public act where participants bring their own music to listen to on headphones. 

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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

Categories: Dance

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

Categories: Dance, Theater
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"

Categories: Dance
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

Categories: Dance, Theater
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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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