TU Dance Michael Slobodian


TU Dance Fall Concert

Daily from Oct. 18-19
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20
2 p.m.

While choreographing an array of stylistically diverse works for the St. Paul-based TU Dance, which he co-founded with his partner, Toni Pierce-Sands, Uri Sands also makes work for companies around the U.S. During TU’s 16th season’s fall concert, Twin Cities fans—and they are legion—will at last bear witness to two of these out-of-town works. “Something Amber,” originally commissioned by Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program in 2012, is 12 minutes of stillness and nuance. “Tracks,” a vivacious piece originally commissioned by Ailey II and set to music by the O’Jays, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg, interweaves ballet, modern, and urban dance idioms in tribute to the resilience of the African-American spirit. The performance also includes a reprise of “Salve,” originally commissioned by Ballet Memphis in 2017, in which a sense of emptiness leads to fulfillment as the performers move to Gavin Bryars’ hypnotically repetitive “Tramp with Orchestra” from the album Jesus’ Blood Has Never Failed Me Yet.