ARENA Dances: not so good at standing still

Founding a full-time dance company—as opposed to a pick-up part-time group—is a heroic act in these economic times. Choreographer Matthew Janczewski makes the leap with a new nine-member troupe that includes the man himself, a dancer whose performing and choreography combine supple athleticism and visceral drama. His new, evening-length piece celebrates the birth struggles of a fledgling organization and the evolution of a terrifically powerful family of dancers. The group incorporates several graduates of the University of Minnesota's world-class dance program, including the exhilarating artistry of Amy Behm-Thomson, Janczewski's longtime muse, and the fresh talents of Tristan Koepke and Luke Olson-Elm. (Images courtesy of Armour Photography)
Fri., Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 9, 5 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., 2010
 
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