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345 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 | Northeast Minneapolis | 612-436-1129
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    There is an incredible variety of things that you can see at the Minnesota State Fair this week. However, buck-naked ladies reading from writings they are passionate about is not one of...
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    Spring has sprung, and now we need to update our wardrobes. While Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week is no more, there are still quite a few happenings this season celebrating the fashion of...
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    This Sunday, the Naked Girls Reading series returns. Here, ladies will be baring their souls and bodies in an evening celebrating the written word and the human form. For this installment,...
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    This weekend, Ballet of the Dolls will host its annual fundraiser featuring two days of parties, performances, and fashion. Each evening, troupe dancers and models will take to the stage,...
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    Get a glimpse of up-and-coming dance artists from across the country as part of the SCUBA touring network, currently celebrating its 10th year of getting artists on the road. Minneapolis's...
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    SCUBA National Touring Network For Dance returns for its ninth season with a stop at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis this weekend. Featuring four dance groups working in...
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    Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Naked Girls Reading series returns this week for an evening celebrating the written word, the naked female form, and the joy of listening to a story...
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    While most folks are bundling up, burlesque performers will be artfully taking their clothing off this weekend at the Ritz Theater. For the next three days, talents from all over the Midwest...
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    The weather outside might be frightful, but that won't stop things from getting hot at Burlesque Dolls' Diversi-tease this weekend. Over three days, performers from around the country will...
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    A solo performance becomes a rite of passage in South Indian Bharatanatyam. Originally a sacred dance performed in Hindu temples by female acolytes who spoke directly to the gods, the form...
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    For one night only Ashwini Ramaswamy, a soloist with Ragamala Dance, steps into the spotlight for an evening focusing on her talents as a dancer and choreographer. Ashwini is the daughter of...
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    Over the years, the local literary journal Revolver has brought us social, collaborative, and performative experiments with a flair for art and literature. Its next happening will continue...
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    Both classic and au courant, Myron Johnson's "Nutcracker (Not So) Suite" gets a makeover every time it's presented. Originally created in 1987, the work takes all kinds of liberties with the...
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    Did you hear about that Time Magazine article? The one that named the so-called "Gods of Food"? While many of those listed were undoubtedly highly influential chefs, not one of the chefs was...
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    This Thursday, Jawaahir Dance Company kicks off its 2013 season with "Arabian Bouquet," an evening of performances celebrating traditional Middle Eastern dance and song with choreography...
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    While taking a look at what happens after "happily ever after" isn't a new idea, I don't know if it has been taken to such extremes as Disenchanted, the musical that carries the appropriate...
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    This two-night tribute to conductor, composer, and musician Butch Morris (pictured) will feature one of the Twin Cities' most venerable improvisational ensembles and three newer groups....
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    Now in its second year, MinnAnimate at the Ritz Theater showcases the best animated shorts in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, with an emphasis on artist-created pieces. "Uproot," by Oahn...
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    After the last rolicking Tastemakers series, the bar has been set high for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine's panel series. Wednesday evening, they are once again gathering those who lead by...
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    Dancer, choreographer, and curator Laurie Van Wieren is one of the most tenacious, generous, and resilient artists around. One of the first performance artists in the Twin Cities (she once...
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    Ballet of the Dolls' artistic director Myron Johnson likes to keep folks guessing. The tantalizingly vague preview for his upcoming "Cabaret Nudista" describes a "celebración de la...
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    Since 1987, Young Dance has been introducing kids to the rigor, artistry, and fun of dance. "Stomping Grounds" lets loose the talents of these fledgling performers, who work with dance...
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    Surreal and elliptical, Nilo Cruz's Lorca in a Green Dress attempts to not just uncover the final moments of the life of the Spanish poet and playwright, but tries to connect the personal...
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    This weekend, Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea World Theater present Lorca in a Green Dress, a play by Cuban American playwright Nilo Cruz about the Spanish poet and playwright Federico...
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    The fourth annual Fashion Ball, a Ballet of the Dolls fundraiser, is an evening of fashion, dance performances, music, video, and theater. Created and produced by Minneapolis style expert...
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    This weekend, Renovate... A Choreographer's Evening returns for its sixth year at the Ritz. The performances are an opportunity to see an eclectic mix of well-known and up-and-coming...
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    "Venus and Adonis is my first (maybe my last, who knows) venture into video, dance, and music," writes Myron Johnson on his blog, Myron's Corner. "I am loving the possibilities of...
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    This weekend is going to be fabulous.Beginning today, the first annual Minneapolis Burlesque Festival takes over the Ritz Theater for three days packed with 80 of the very best burlesque...
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    While most festivals this time of year have a wind-chill factor, this weekend's burlesque celebration at the Ritz will offer nothing short of a heat wave. For three days, professionals from...
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    Prog-pop perfectionists Greycoats spent years refining the sounds on their epic sophomore album, The World of Tomorrow, alongside ace Andrew Bird sideman Jeremy Ylvisaker. All the exhaustive...
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    Are you in the mood for something naughty, or nice? Ballet of the Dolls will offer both options with their latest productions, "Sinderella" and "Cinderella." The latter features the classic...
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    The lush, darkly beautiful Sigur Rós film INNI lingers in the psyche of those who experienced it. Now, the Icelandic post-rock band's music is set to creative filmmaking with the...
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    Are you in the mood for something naughty, or nice? Ballet of the Dolls will offer both options with their latest productions, "Sinderella" and "Cinderella." The latter features the classic...
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    A true meeting of the minds, "It Is She Who I See" is the inaugural production of Interference Arts, a new company composed of Twin Cities luminaries from diverse disciplines. With input...
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    Pangea World Theater, 20% Theatre Company, and RARE Productions are coming together to present Morphologies: Queer Performance Festival, an event boasting workshops, panel discussions, and...
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    People can easily get distracted by shiny new things. This is what happens in Hans Christian Anderson's The Peruvian Nightingale. The story follows the Emperor of Peru as he falls in love...
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    This past weekend, Ballet of the Dolls celebrated its third annual Fashion Ball in style with the theme "A Fashion Fairytale" at the Ritz Theater. Playing dress-up in costumes influenced...
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    Once upon a time, the quirky Ballet of the Dolls decided to unify dance, theater, and fashion in the land of the Twin Cities. Thus, Fashion Ball was born. Stylist Grant Whittaker and Dolls...
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    It's funny to imagine the origins of tassel twirling. Regardless, the person who came up with it probably knew how to have a good time. And hopefully you will too at this weekend's Playful...
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    Five years ago, Lisa Conlin decided that there were too few opportunities for choreographers in the Twin Cities to show their work. Sure, there was the Walker Art Center's Choreographers'...
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    If you're looking to make some post-Valentine's Day plans this weekend, look no further than Reeling Over Love, Eclectic Edge Ensemble's campy parody of love in cinema. The piece, which...
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    For the next three days, the Ritz Theater will be hosting a festival dedicated to the art of burlesque. And while many folks performing are indeed from the Midwest, including cities like...
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    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 native will do on his own. His new company...
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    Garland Jeffreys is a New York singer-songwriter of exceptional depth and range, a bookish romantic who can write a self-critical song about Malcolm X ("I Was Afraid of Malcolm"), scat like...
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    This season, Ballet of the Dolls is pairing up with Le Cirque Rouge burlesque troupe for an all-new, adults-only sequel to the classic Nutcracker tale. According to Michael Romens, the...
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    If Myron Johnson wasn't born in a trunk, he should have been. This consummate theater artist, founder and director of Ballet of the Dolls, has been treading the boards with potent and...
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    In the mid-1950s, Don and Phil Everly set up shop busking in Nashville's Ryman Alley. The brothers, soon to become famous for their close harmonies and crossover successes, were discovered...
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    Gastro Non Grata has proved so successful that it's holding a two-day food and music extravaganza this weekend to benefit the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis. The November 12 show features...
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    Soundset may be the 500-pound gorilla for this final week of May. But standing just to the left of it, devouring the weekend hours like so many shoots of bamboo, is Heliotrope, a three-day...
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    For the last five years, the Heliotrope Festival has provided a haven for the mystic, ascetic, improvisational, and droning. Band and individual performers play in darkened rooms with a...
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    Mash Notes by Sarah Askari Ozzy Dahlstrom does not, at first glance, look like a purveyor of the absurd. Actually, he looks like the kind of prematurely responsible kid who might be left in...

Business Description

The Ritz Theater is located in the vibrant arts district of Northeast Minneapolis. We are home to Ballet of the Dolls, whose mission it is "to fearlessly create challenging and surprising dance work that brings a sense of discovery to artists and audiences alike." As a venue and rehearsal space, we are also host to numerous local arts organizations and artists.

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