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New series to celebrate dance at O’Shaughnessy

Denise Armstead (foreground) with members of Dadance.
Denise Armstead (foreground) with members of Dadance.

Four Twin Cities choreographers have been chosen for a new annual dance showcase series, "Snapshots: Reflections of Women," at The O'Shaughnessy on St. Catherine University's St. Paul campus.

The series, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of dance performances at The O'Shaughnessy, was created to promote the work of choreographers and dance-theater creators in Minnesota.

The four choreographers are:

  • Denise Armstead
  • Jennifer Ilse
  • Nicholas Lincoln
  • Maia Maiden

"We received a great number of responses for the first year of this exciting new series," said Brandie Greig, managing director of The O'Shaughnessy. "We look forward to giving our audiences a great evening of new work and a diverse series of dance from the Twin Cities’ most accomplished companies."

Performances of "Snapshots: Reflections of Women" will be Sept. 17–18 at 8 p.m. and the evening is included in the first dance subscription series offered at The O’Shaughnessy.

Subscriptions, which include five tickets, are $99 for adults and $60 for children and feature:

  • Best available seating
  • The ability to order tickets before they go on sale to the public
  • Ability to switch dates up to one week before the performance

To order tickets call The O'Shaughnessy Box Office at 651-690-6700 or The O'Shaughnessy ticketing website.

The 2010–11 dance season also features:

James Sewell Ballet
Le Dance Off

Dance has exploded onto stage and screen as the content of choice for millions in this 24/7, streaming, HD, on-demand, satellite world. And now, James Sewell Ballet presents Le Dance Off, a wry twist on the current craze of celebrity- infused competitive dance. What happens when art and commerce collide?

You be the judge.

Performances: Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Individual tickets: $32 adults; $16 students/children; $19 groups of 10 or more.

Katha Dance Theatre
Sundari Aur Nag (Beauty and the Beast)

A double bill of classical dance and live music that showcases the kathak dance style of north India and also features an Indian retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” Sundari Aur Na.

The production is a collaboration with Ethnic Dance Theater that embraces kathak dance, storytelling and music. The performance will feature Katha Dance Theatre Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi’s choreography, live music performed by musicians from India and England and vibrant costumes and handmade sets imported from India.

Performances: Oct. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. Individual tickets: $25 adults; $17 seniors; $13 students/children; $20 Groups of 10 or more.

TU dance
Workforce and Work XLVII

TU Dance opens its seventh season with two world premieres by choreographer Uri Sands. Workforce is a new piece for seven dancers that explores the reliance on the critical pulse of everyday occupations and Work XLVII is a full-company piece that investigates the artist’s process as an act of worship.

The program will also include favorites from the company’s repertory.

Performances: Nov. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Individual tickets: $28 adults; $16 students/children; $20 groups of 10 or more.

Ragamala Dance
Yathra (Journey)

Following a world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Ragamala brings Yathra to The O’Shaughnessy stage.

A visual meditation of the human experience, Yathra represents the cycle of one day, metaphorically tracing a human being’s journey from the dawn of birth to the twilight of life.

Yathra’s score was composed and will be performed live by Shubhendra Rao, one of India’s foremost sitar players, and Saskia Rao, a cellist who is regarded as a pioneer of the Indian music world.

Performances: March 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., March 27 at 2 p.m. Individual tickets: $29 adults; $16 students/children/seniors; $24 groups of 10 or more.

July 20, 2010 by Julie Michener

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