Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I’ll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from production websites.
Thirst Theater: Thirst – The Return
Thirst – The Return marks the world premiere of 12 diverse playlets, written by some of the hottest local playwrights and featuring some of the Twin Cities’ most loved actors. Performed in the comfort of an intimate restaurant/bar setting, these brand new 10-15 minute playlets promise to be raw, in-your-face and unexpected. From Kung Fu debates to Werewolf dates there’s no telling what dramatic scenes may break out at a table near you. Runs each Monday at Joe’s Garage through 03/29.
– from Thirst Theater
Hennepin Theatre Trust: Virtuosity – A Song and Dance Revue
Created by and starring the amazing, two-time Tony Award® nominee, Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar, Showboat), Virtuosity is celebrating its World Premiere in Toronto with a 6 week engagement! Called “a tour de force” by The New York Times and a “one woman five-alarm blaze” by Newsday, Vivian Reed is joined by six phenomenal “triple-threat” performers including Destan Owens (Rent, Smokey Joe’s Café). The heart and soul of Virtuosity lies in the passionate stories and emotions conveyed through song and dance. The cast, backed by a stellar band, perform both original and well-known material from the likes of Billie Holiday, the lsley Brothers, Smokey Robinson -and even Giuseppe Verdi – in this riveting two-hour event. Runs at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Pantages Theatre through 02/06.
– from Hennepin Theatre Trust
BodyCartography Project: 1/2 Life
1/2 Life by BodyCartography Project investigates the survival of the body amidst a world of scientific research, data and control. The performance hovers geographically at the edges of the Pacific Ocean – connecting nuclear super power U.S.A., atomic survivor Japan and nuclear free New Zealand. Dance and video artists Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad bring together an extraordinary collaborative team including composer and harpist Zeena Parkins, visual artist Emmett Ramstad and physicist Bryce Beverlin II. Runs at the Southern Theater through 01/30.
– from BodyCartography Project
Off-Leash Area: The Jury
Based on Off-Leash Area’s co-artistic director Jennifer Ilse’s experience serving as a juror on a murder trial, The Jury unravels the tangled fabric of a young woman’s violent past to judge her innocence or guilt for a charge of murder. Performed by a powerful cast of dancers and actors immersed in a visual world of fabric and sculpture, The Jury is our search for the balance between social and individual responsibility for our young women and men who use and experience violence as part of their daily lives. The Jury is born from the hope that we each have the power to make real change in our community. Runs at Red Eye Theater through 02/06.
– from Off-Leash Area
Sabes Jewish Community Center: People of the Book (The Song, The Dance, and The Picture)
This performance features new works and familiar favorites by Twin Cities artists Judith Brin Ingber and Alex Lubet, with guest artists including Stuart Pimsler, flutist Jim Miller, and Hmong spoken word group Gobrosis (Tou Saiko Lee and Malia Lee). These artists tell stories from the Jewish experience in surprising ways, with music, dance, prose and visuals. The inspiration and backdrop for Ingber’s Stepping into Heaven come from the Kadish series by artist Georgette Sosin, whose art will simultaneously be hanging in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery. Runs through 01/30.
– from Sabes Jewish Community Center
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre: Footloose
Based on the hit movie that captured the heart of America, Footloose bursts onto the stage with youthful spirit, dazzling dance scenes and electrifying music. Ren, a teen from Chicago, is forced to move with his mother to a puritanical, small town after his father abandons the family. To his shock, dancing and rock ‘n’ roll are forbidden! He and his classmates want a senior prom. It doesn’t take Ren long to shake up the status quo, and soon the whole class is on their feet sending the town into a frenzy. Footloose has the heart and music to get everyone on their feet! Hit songs include “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Holding out for a Hero,” “Almost Paradise” and “Footloose!” Runs through 05/29.
– from Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
Guthrie Theater: Macbeth (Previews 01/30 – 02/04)
In this tale of treachery and ambition, a brave soldier and nobleman, Macbeth, encounters three weïrd sisters who prophesy his path to greatness. When their predictions begin to come true, Macbeth and his ambitious wife decide to do whatever is necessary to ensure their rise to power. They first hatch a plot to kill the king and take his place, and though all goes according to plan, they soon realize a single murder isn’t enough to maintain the throne. Obsession and paranoia get the best of them, driving the couple down a path of destruction on a quest for glory, even as the kingdom crumbles between their bloody fingers. Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest and darkest tragedy, moves with the rapid pace of the murder thriller it is, exposing the politics of power and corruption it breeds. Runs through 04/03.
– from the Guthrie Theater
Minnesota Opera: Roberto Devereux
This Bel Canto masterpiece centers around the tragic love affair between Queen Elizabeth and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. Though jealous of Devereux’s love for another woman, Elizabeth is prepared to forgive his treachery if he returns to her. But Devereux’s resistance leads to his demise. Minnesota favorite Brenda Harris (Maria Padilla) stars as Elizabeth, alongside baritone Lester Lynch (Il trovatore), in the first installment of The Minnesota Opera’s Tudor Trilogy. Runs at the Ordway Center through 02/07.
– from the Minnesota Opera
For previous performance arts openings –
January 17th – January 23rd: www.aerochug.com/x-1348-Twin-Cities-Performance-Art-Examiner~y2010m1d13-Weekly-performance-art-openings-011710012310
January 10th – January 16th: www.aerochug.com/x-1348-Twin-Cities-Performance-Art-Examiner~y2010m1d7-Weekly-performance-art-openings-011010011610
January 3rd – January 9th: www.aerochug.com/x-1348-Twin-Cities-Performance-Art-Examiner~y2009m12d31-Weekly-performance-art-openings-010310010910
For more info:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
Hennepin Theatre Trust (Pantages Theatre)
Red Eye Theater
Sabes Jewish Community Center