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2014 Stories by Linda Shapiro

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  • Talking Dance with Steve Paxton

    published November 12, 2014

    I was present at the first performance of Steve Paxton's contact improvisation at Oberlin College in 1972. In a large gymnasium, eight male... More >>

  • Composing Forward: The Art of Steve Paxton: Bound

    published November 12, 2014

    I was present at the first performance of Steve Paxton's contact improvisation at Oberlin College in 1972. In a large gymnasium, eight male... More >>

  • Absolute Bliss: West Coast & Midwest Choreography

    published November 12, 2014

    Increasing numbers of local dance artists get that if they want to see wildly inventive performers from other parts of the country, they need to... More >>

  • Faustin Linyekula & Panaibra Gabriel Canda: Tales of Home: Congo/Mozambique

    published November 5, 2014

    A two-evening program features contemporary artists from Africa grappling with the complex histories of their countries via personal experiences... More >>

  • Katha Dance: The Rubaiyat — Life in a Day

    published November 5, 2014

    Dance forms from India are increasingly popular in the Twin Cities these days. One reason might be the evocative live music that accompanies most... More >>

  • Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal

    published October 22, 2014

    Propulsive dance with a coolly Canadian-Gallic flair defines this company's style, which melds jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance forms.... More >>

  • SOLO

    published October 1, 2014

    The solo is arguably the most difficult dance form to pull off. Vulnerable and exposed, the dancer offers both a portrait of herself and a mirror... More >>

  • Paul Taylor Dance Company

    published September 24, 2014

    Paul Taylor has been making dances since 1954, 60 years in which his expertise and musicality have been honed to perfection with no loss of... More >>

  • Flying Foot Forum: Alice in Wonderland

    published September 24, 2014

    Part dance party, part bedtime story, part rock concert, Joe Chvala's take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, incorporating students,... More >>

  • Ananya Dance Theatre: Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming

    published September 17, 2014

    "Neel," meaning "blue" in artistic director Ananya Chatterjea's native language Bangla, evokes the blues experience of past pain and loss. Duke... More >>

  • Groundbreaker Battle

    published September 10, 2014

    A day of dance wars with local and regional B-boy and B-girl crews competing for cash prizes, the sixth annual Groundbreaker Battle promises some... More >>

  • Time Track Productions: The One and the Many

    published September 10, 2014

    Inspired by the "Surrealist Manifesto" of Andre Breton, Paula Mann's new work for 14 dancers deconstructs social and tribal structures. The... More >>

  • Rhythmically Speaking 2014

    published August 13, 2014

    Rhythmically Speaking puts jazz- and rhythm-based dance at the forefront of a wildly eclectic program. Joanne Spencer shows an expanded version of... More >>

  • Don't You Feel It Too?

    published July 30, 2014

    Now in its seventh season, Don't You Feel It Too? promotes truthful dancing, playful provocation, social healing, and personal liberation, and is... More >>

  • Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy

    published July 9, 2014

    Those sly trickster dance and performance artists Chris Schlichting and Kristen Van Loon like to stir things up. This week, they're presenting... More >>

  • Ethnic Dance Theatre: 40th Anniversary

    published June 25, 2014

    Ethnic Dance Theatre features dances from the people, by the people, and for the people. This 40th anniversary concert reprises works from each... More >>

  • Emily Johnson/Catalyst: SHORE

    published June 18, 2014

    For Emily Johnson and her company, Catalyst, it takes several villages to make a dance. Her latest work, "SHORE," has been developed over the past... More >>

  • Blue Dream Journeys: Ananya Dance Theatre

    published June 11, 2014

    As part of the Northern Spark Festival, Ananya Dance Theatre presents an all-night, audience participatory performance that begins outside... More >>

  • Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening

    published June 11, 2014

    The Twin Cities' hip-hop scene thrives, and curator Maia Maiden shows us every aspect of it in this wide-ranging choreographers' evening. Fourteen... More >>

  • Ragamala Dance and Rudresh Mahanthappa: Song of the Jasmine

    published May 14, 2014

    What do Bharatanatyam, a rigorously formal South Indian dance form, and jazz have in common? Leave it to our own internationally acclaimed... More >>

  • TU Dance

    published May 7, 2014

    TU Dance is the brainchild of Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands, former members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This 10th anniversary... More >>

  • Zenon Dance Company: Spring Season

    published May 7, 2014

    Zenon's spring fling features a new work by Daniel Stark, assistant professor of dance at Mankato State University, that re-imagines an Icelandic... More >>

  • Young Dance: Found in Translation

    published April 30, 2014

    Young Dance gives kids ages 7 to 18 a chance to work with professional choreographers, and, maybe more importantly, a chance for dance makers to... More >>

  • James Sewell Ballet: Inferno

    published April 23, 2014

    A timeless tale gets a high-tech makeover when the James Sewell Ballet unveils Dante's Inferno. Sewell's rendering of that iconic work... More >>

  • Shapiro & Smith Dance

    published April 16, 2014

    Shapiro & Smith's spring concert plays just about every note on the emotional scale. Artistic director Joanie Smith unveils "Narcissus," in which... More >>

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