Joanie Smith founded Shapiro & Smith Dance in New York City with husband Danial Shapiro. Smith’s works and their collaborative works have been commissioned by companies as diverse as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Repertory Dance Theater of Salt Lake City, Utah and the PACT Dance Company of Pretoria, South Africa. S&S Dance has toured all over the world from Toledo to Tashkent and over 600 dancers in professional and university dance companies have performed “To Have And To Hold,” aka, Bench. Smith holds the Barbara Barker Endowed Chair in Dance and the John Black Johnston Distinguished Professorship at the University of Minnesota and has an M.A. in Dance from UCLA.

Catch Shapiro & Smith Dance at the Festival!

Tuesday, April 28th. 4:00-5:15PM
Thursday, April 30th. 7:30PM
Friday, May 1st. 7:30PM
Saturday, May 2nd. 2PM AND 7:30PM
Friday, May 1st. Immediately following the performance

Performing Work:

The Ophelias,” is a raucous re-imagining of Hamlet’s tragic love interest. Joanie Smith is interested in undoing the romanticism often attached to the character Ophelia and performers Megan McClellan, Mirabai Miller and Laura Selle Virtucio will overcome the bonds of hooped skirts and a drowning amid flowers. “Lunch,” has Joe Crook, Scott Mettille and Mirabai Miller in confession and conversation over a meal of bananas.