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2012 Stories by Linda Shapiro

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  • Hay Days: A Deborah Hay Celebration

    published December 5, 2012

    Since the 1960s, choreographer Deborah Hay has been exploring the nature of dance from myriad perspectives. As part of the Judson Dance Theater in... More >>

  • Dance Revolutions

    published December 5, 2012

    Students of the University of Minnesota's excellent dance program are so good (technique, performing presence, youthful ebullience) that upon... More >>

  • Talk of the Stacks: Geoff Dyer

    published November 14, 2012

    I first collided with the British writer Geoff Dyer in a travelogue/essay titled Yoga for People Who Can't be Bothered to Do It. His... More >>

  • Zenon Dance Company

    published November 14, 2012

    For the next two weekends, Zenon celebrates turning 30 with two separate programs and seven dances by some of the company's most popular... More >>

  • Sparkle, Too: Gems from Jawaahir

    published October 24, 2012

    Jawaahir specializes in performances that sizzle. The rhythmically charged dancing and music honors a variety of Middle Eastern styles and... More >>

  • James Sewell Ballet: Dance Macabre!

    published October 24, 2012

    A man for all occasions, choreographer James Sewell makes dances out of everything from magic tricks to Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir... More >>

  • Ananya Dance Theatre: Moreechika: Season of Mirage

    published September 5, 2012

    "Moreechika: Season of Mirage" is the third work in a four-part investigation into violence, trauma, resistance, and empowerment experienced by... More >>

  • Robin Stiehm's Dancing People Company

    published August 15, 2012

    Robin Stiehm's Dancing People Company began in Minneapolis and moved to Oregon eight years ago. Stiehm, a brilliant dancer who performed with the... More >>

  • Rhythmically Speaking

    published August 15, 2012

    This intrepid bunch of dancer/choreographers is revitalizing jazz and rhythm-based dance in the Twin Cities and showing us just how broad-based... More >>

  • Circus Juventas: Showdown

    published August 8, 2012

    The founders of Circus Juventas, Dan and Betty Butler, modeled this youth circus on the spectacle of Cirque de Soleil, focusing on the art form... More >>

  • Keigwin + Company

    published May 30, 2012

    New York-based choreographer Larry Keigwin knows how to turn a mishap into an opportunity: He's creating a dance for 12 chairs, which will... More >>

  • Katha Dance: In Retrospect

    published May 30, 2012

    This weekend, Katha Dance Theater celebrates 25 years of presenting the Indian form of Kathak dance in vital interactions with other art forms.... More >>

  • TU Dance

    published May 16, 2012

    TU Dance is the brainchild of Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands, former members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Their first concert at... More >>

  • Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota: Wizard of Oz

    published May 9, 2012

    "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" meets "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" in this all-dance version of L. Frank Baum's classic tale. Featuring an original... More >>

  • Zenon Dance Company's 29th Spring Season

    published May 9, 2012

    The wildly rambunctious Zenon Dance Company reprises two of its most popular works this spring. Mariusz Olszewski's "Pink Martini," a campy,... More >>

  • Ballet of the Dolls: Faith

    published May 2, 2012

    Myron Johnson is known primarily for his outrageous wit and over-the-top theatricality. "Faith: A Dance for Life" swerves toward Johnson's... More >>

  • James Sewell Ballet

    published April 18, 2012

    The many sides of choreographer James Sewell characterize this innovative program. There's his musicality and inventive take on classical ballet,... More >>

  • Shapiro & Smith Dance Company

    published April 4, 2012

    Lots of dance companies are celebrating anniversaries this year, including the Flying Foot Forum (20 years) and Minnesota Dance Theatre (50... More >>

  • Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

    published March 7, 2012

    Stuart Pimsler wears his heart on his sleeve. His terrific company of actor-dancers speak with their bodies and move with their voices. They can... More >>

  • Black Label Movement: Visceral

    published February 8, 2012

    Carl Flink is a choreographer with a mission. His Black Label Movement company features dancers who dare to do just about everything. "Visceral"... More >>

  • Contempo Physical Dance: Motirô

    published February 1, 2012

    Those of us lucky enough to have seen Marciano Silva dos Santos's explosive performances with TU Dance look forward eagerly to what this Brazilian... More >>

  • Ronald K.Brown: Evidence, a Dance Company

    published January 11, 2012

    Ronald K. Brown's powerhouse dances mix West African, Cuban, Caribbean, and American modern dance to produce electrifying moves with a strong,... More >>

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