Saturday, September 25, 2021

2021 fall arts: dance steps, 30th anniversary and taping time with new work

After more than a year of outdoor and online dancing, the legs would fly off and the body would move and expand to unimaginable sizes as the feet hit the stage. See what’s next here.

In college

September 18: The biannual tradition of the Cowles Center and McKnight Dancer Fellowship showcases six original dance singles from dance artists (each 2018 or 2019 McKnight Dancer Fellows), each of whom chose a choreographer for their new work. There will be solo dance films this year, launching in September at 7:30 p.m. with an in-person screening at the Cowles Center. 18. The premiere will be broadcast live and an on-demand option will be available starting September. 19-25. SOLO will include some captions in Spanish and in English. Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis; $25-$20; or 612-206-3600.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Colloid Theatrical Presents “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” (Courtesy of Lucas Wells, Wells Film & Photo)

October 7-24: Colloid Theatrical Dance calls this production “the ultimate story about maternal love and the human need for connection”. According to Colloid, Shelley was an unmarried teen who wrote “Frankenstein” shortly after the death of their first child. Her story is told in a variety of dance forms parallel to the classic novel. It will also be available for viewing virtually Halloween weekend. Southern Theatre, 1420 Washington Ave., Minneapolis; $55-$30; 651-395-7903 or

30th Anniversary Retrospective of the James Sewell Ballet

October 16-17: Twin Cities dance legend James Sewell Ballet has been on his toes for over three decades. The showcase will see the festival’s artists revisit past favorites with new hits. The event will also include a new piece by D’Arius Malone, and live musicians will accompany select works. The Cowles Center – Goodell Theatre, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis; $30-$25; 612-206-3600 or

Twin Cities Tap Festival

October 21-24: Dancers engage in the art of tap dancing with concerts and a showcase at the seventh annual Twin Cities Tap Festival. It begins October 21st at 7 p.m. with a showcase featuring local and emerging tap artists and performers, including this year’s Elite Tap Feet – billed as some of Minnesota’s best teen tap dancers Gaya. Featuring Supreme Love on October 22nd and 23rd at 7pm festive celebrations. It ends on October 24th at 6pm with cutting boards, a live music and tap jam (the location for the event will be announced). The performances will be live with online streaming options. Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis; $30-$23; 612-206-3600 or

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Dastak: I wish you me

2021 fall arts: dance steps, 30th anniversary and taping time with new work
Ananya Dance Presents ‘Dastak’ (Courtesy of Isabel Fajardo)

October 29-30: Ananya Dance Theater presents “Meditation on Boundaries, Boundaries, Loss, Belonging, Forgiveness and Salvation”. Structured through four historical and seminal journeys, Dastak reflects the knock on our hearts of global injustice.” 7:30 pm;
O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine’s University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul; 651-690-6700 or

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Riffin’: A jazz-danced celebration of human interaction

November 3-4: “Riffin’: A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction.” Rhythmically Speaking has danced three times in Amsterdam with their “Chill Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack” productions. The members of the dance company would “riffin” at each other with a combo of live jazz musicians. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W Sixth St., St. Paul;


November 10-14: Tony Award-winning choreographer, director and dancer Bill T. Jones refers to “a disastrous time” in his new work “Afterwords”. Performed by Jones’ entire company to 180 spectators seated on a Northrop stage, the piece “addresses the isolation and trauma of the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and the ongoing violence against black bodies.” A co-production between the Walker Art Center and Northrop, the performance also includes a violin solo for George Floyd titled “Homage”. Northrop, 84 Church St. NE, Minneapolis; $60; 612-624-2345 or

2021 fall arts: dance steps, 30th anniversary and taping time with new work
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