ARENA DANCES kicks off its 23rd season with a politically
charged performance at The Fitzgerald Theater

Mathew Janczewski brings his rich and viscerally honest choreographic voice to the Fitzgerald stage with a politically poignant repertoire. The company will premier two new dances: the first, hold my hand, a meditation on the impact of gun violence*, performed aside MPLS (imPulse) Choir and Zeitgeist new music quartet’s live rendition of Joshua Clausen’s “Requiem” featuring Carrie Shaw; and the second, a climatic performance set to the music of Nils Frahm. The evening also includes the lush men’s quartet Run With Me and Threshold, a women’s sextet urging us to push past the trappings of inequality. Through the entire performance runs an undercurrent of hope and a sense that society is on the brink of learning the difficult lessons of the past.

4 Moving Pieces
hold my hand
The show’s title work is built on the score “Requiem” by Minnesota composer and
2018 McKnight Fellowship recipient, Joshua Clausen. Inspired by Sophie Chou’s
sonification of gun violence statistics, the score will be performed live by MPLS
(imPulse) choir led by Samuel Grace with special guest Soprano, Carrie
Henneman Shaw, and Zeitgeist new music quartet. High school students from
the surrounding area will perform alongside ARENA dancers for this stunning
and impactful premier.

One Room
Also making its premier is a trio set to the experimental and contemplative music
of Nils Frahm. This undulating exploration of movement builds to a climactic
finish viewers won’t soon forget.

Run With Me
A popular work from the past—revitalized for today. Opening the show, this lush,
sinuous men’s quartet is a display of immense physicality. Lightsey Darst for MN
Artists called it “…vivid whirl, densely layered and evocative…with moments of
crystalline clarity. Melancholic, romantic, dramatic and lovely.”

Created in 2010, Threshold began as a women’s sextet and has since been
performed by both men and women. With the fight for gender equality taking
center stage in national conversation, now is an ideal time for this work to return
to its roots with a cast of all-female dancers. Their movement is a meditation on
the emotional space between leaving and entering, as if you’re on the brink of
transforming—the future in sight, but not quite yet a reality.

*To spark further conversation, ARENA has partnered with gun violence activist organizations Protect Minnesota, Survivors Lead and Moms Demand Action.

November 10th, 7:30PM at The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN

Tickets: $15 (Students & Seniors) / $24

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