From 42nd Street to “Easy Street” and “All That Jazz” to “Step In Time,” dance on Broadway helps to shape the dance world and creates cultural memories that last well beyond the dance floor. In this installment of Ordway Cabaret, we hear from artists whose voices are seldom heard but whose contributions are key to the story and spectacle of the Broadway musical. Join us as we look at the legacy of dance in musical theater, the choreographers who created it, and the stories of the dancers in the ensembles that make our musicals move. Read more about Ordway Cabaret: Gotta Dance!
Arts & Performance
TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American and Japanese female taiko artists together for a two-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women center stage in a collaborative, unique performance. Read more about HERbeat: Taiko Women ALL-STARS
Conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water explores the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self. In this large-scale, multimedia dance work, dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation, and activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—representing the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing. Read more about Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. Read more about Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Howard Jones Acoustic Trio is an intimate, stripped-down trip through Howard’s 30-year music career. Featuring Howard on piano, Robin Boult (Roger Daltry, Dave Stewart, Fish) on acoustic guitar, and Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, Belinda Carlisle, John Paul Jones) on chapman stick, this performance delivers a fresh take on Howard’s best-known hits. This show also provides the opportunity for the audience to hear first-hand about the inspiration behind Howard’s beloved material, as well as stories from his touring career. Read more about Howard Jones Acoustic Trio
Lakeshore Players Theatre features Around the World in 80 Days until February 16th. Join Phileas Fogg, the fearless adventurer, and his manservant, Passepartout, as they race to beat the clock. Danger, comic surprises and romance complete this hilarious show. All ages. 651.478.7427 Read more about Around the World in 80 Days
Snap yourself out of the winter blues with the Barley Jacks, a local band from Marine-on-St. Croix with a sound incorporating bluegrass, acoustic, Celtic and folk. The band’s influences include Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Chris Thile, Crooked Still and Charlie Mingus. Go to lakeshoreplayers.org/concert-series for tickets and prices. Read more about Bluegrass to Cure the Winter Blues
Join author Sarah Hanley at the Maple Grove Library for a discussion about her novel Matka. Based on the true story of Hanley’s grandmother during and after World War 2, Hanley will discuss how the book was developed and how her grandmother’s experiences have influenced today and the future. 612.543.6450 Read more about Author Talk with Sarah Hanley
For this annual open house, the American Swedish Institute opens its museum doors for free to the public. Whether you’re seeing the mansion for the first time or are a longstanding member of the museum, come to enjoy live entertainment, bonfires and holiday themed crafts. All ages. 612.871.4907 Read more about Neighborhood Open House: American Swedish Institute
Come home to One Voice and ignite your winter holidays! Guests include spoken word poet Ellis Perez and a string quartet from the Minnesota Philharmonic (LGBT) Orchestra. In addition to traditional holiday favorites, the concert includes music by current and former Minnesota composers including Abbie Betinis, Marisa Squadrito Geisler and Mari Esabel Valverde. Join us for beauty, levity, dancing sugar plum fairies and holiday sing-a-longs!
Info & Tickets: www.OneVoiceMN.org or 651-298-1954 Read more about One Voice Mixed Chorus presents: Singing Darkness to Light