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Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES presents HOLD MY HAND

November 10

7:30 pm

$17.50 to $26.50

Mathew Janczewski brings his subtle, rich and viscerally honest choreographic voice to the Fitzgerald stage for the second time with a politically poignant repertoire from ARENA DANCES.

Janczewski & dancers utilize contemporary dance as a platform for social and political dialogue to progress, make change and improve our community and the world we live in together. Throughout the entire performance runs an undercurrent of hope: a sense that society is on the brink of learning the difficult lessons of the past, and could finally be ready to progress.

*To spark conversation and positive change, ARENA will be partnering with gun control activist & community groups as part of hold my hand.

“Physically brilliant yet emotionally intimate, dramatic, widely varied, witty, and heartfelt.” — Lightsey Darst, MNArtists.org (2011)

The title work of the show, hold my hand, explores issues of gun violence in America and is built on the choral score Requiem by MN composer and recent 2018 McKnight Fellowship recipient Joshua Clausen. Clausen’s work takes its inspiration from a data sonification project of gun violence statistics created by Sophie Chou at Public Radio International. This premiere will include high school students from the surrounding area, ARENA’s six company members, and the MPLS (imPulse) Choir led by Samuel Grace with special guest sorprano, Carrie Henneman Shaw.

Also premiering is One Room, a trio to the powerful music of Nils Frahm.

The program additionally includes two popular works from the company’s history,
revitalized for our current day. Opening the show is Run With Me, a lush, sinuous men’s quartet of immense physicality. Lightsey Darst for mnartists writes: “Run With Me is a vivid whirl, densely layered and evocative… with moments of crystalline clarity. Melancholic, romantic, dramatic, and lovely.” The second remount, Threshold, was first created in 2010 as a women’s sextet, inspired by the space between entering or leaving, as if in the middle of the doorway: on the brink of leaving something behind, the future in sight, but not quite yet a reality.

Hold My Hand is presented by Mathew Janczewski’s Arena Dances. For more information, please click on the following links:
Arena Dances
Joshua Clausen
MPLS (imPulse)

Photo courtesy of Armour Photography

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