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Cowles Center Presents Full Season of Shows

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The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Minnesota’s hub for dance, presents a stellar 11-production season of shared performances, new work commissions, mainstage debuts, co-productions, world premieres and a returning holiday tradition. The full season of evening-length shows includes productions by Rhythm Street Movement, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Crash Dance Productions, Arena Dances and more.

“What’s so special about this season particularly is that it showcases the progression of those who engage with the Cowles Center,” remarks co-director Joseph Bingham. “We have a Generating Room artist making their Cowles debut, a 2021 MERGE artist now sharing the stage for the Fall Forward Festival, two artists from last year’s Fall Forward Festival presenting full-scaled productions, reimagined pieces featured at other venues and, of course, a returning holiday tradition.”

The season begins October 21 with the second annual Fall Forward Festival, a three-week festival of shared evening performances that uplifts the incredibly robust dance community and connects a variety of artists with one another and new audiences. Then, back for the holiday season is Rhythm Street Movement’s Who Brought the Humbug? What has quickly become a holiday favorite, the fun, funky, hilarious show pairs live music with amazing tap dance for a unique mix of comedy, drama and mystery that’s sure to be a memorable evening for the whole family.

“Presenting stellar dance productions is at the forefront of our work, but so is professional and artistic development, and this season perfectly represents that momentum-building,” adds co-director Jessi Fett. “We’re proud of the steppingstones we’ve built into our programming and will continue to be supportive players in accelerating the careers of artists throughout the state.”

Cost: $30-$45. Sunday matinee is pay as you are. Location: 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. 

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