TU Dance at the Ordway, April 29

Join us, as the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents TU Dance in a one-night-only performance as part of the Ordway’s World Music & Dance Series sponsored by Target®. The evening will feature four works, including a world premier by New York choreographer Ronald K. Brown commissioned by the Ordway and the Rosemary & David Good Family Foundation.
Brown’s new work, Through This Light, tells a story of solidarity and perseverance, examining how purpose is often directed by one’s perspective. The work features traditional music recorded by Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and other world music artists.
Also on the program are three critically-acclaimed works from the TU Dance repertory: FOOTPRINT (2015), choreographed by Gioconda Barbuto in collaboration with the company; Kyle Abraham’s Candle (2015), and Matter (2016), choreographed by Uri Sands.
The Ordway’s World Music & Dance Series is sponsored by Target. This performance is presented by Sit Investment Associates with additional support from Patricia A. Mitchell Fund for Dance and the City of Saint Paul STAR Program. For tickets and more information, visit www.ordway.org/event/tu-dance.

Company Showing, March 30 and April 13

In anticipation of the TU Dance Spring Concert at the Ordway, April 29, please join Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and artist in residence Ronald K. Brown for two informal in-studio showings on Thursday, March 30, from 5:30-6:30pm at TU Dance Center and on Thursday, April 13, from 6:30-7:30pm at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The showcase will feature excerpts from the spring concert program, which includes world premiere by Ronald K. Brown commissioned by The Ordway and The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation and selections from the TU Dance repertory. Presented by SIT Investment Associates with additional support from Patricia A. Mitchell Fund for Dance.

FREE | Open to all
Advanced registration required.

March 30 at TU Dance Center
Doors open at 5:00pm | Showing, 5:30-6:30pm
To register, please call: 651.282.3170 or secure your spot online at ORDWAY.ORG

April 13 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Drake Room
Doors open at 6:00pm | Showing, 6:30-7:30pm
To register, please call: 651.282.3170 or secure your spot online at ORDWAY.ORG

Photo: Michael Slobodian

Dancing Together: a child and parent/caregiver creative movement class, April 22-June 3

This 6-week session, taught by dance teachers Maggie Bergeron (April 22, 29 and May 6) and Kaori Kenmotsu (May 13, 20 and June 3) is designed for children (ages 2-4) and their parent/caregiver who are interested in a shared movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Both child and caregiver will participate in developmentally-appropriate movement exercises that incorporate elements such as effort, shape, and tempo. Music will play an essential role in the class as students will be asked to respond to sounds as well as make sounds themselves. Participants will be encouraged to join at their own comfort level with the understanding that observation is often the best form of learning with younger children. This class will give children and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about themselves and one another through the art form of dance. 

Attire: Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and bare feet.

Saturdays 9:00-9:45am, Studio 2 (no class Memorial Day weekend)

Cost: $85 for 6-week workshop (pre-registration required)

Child and Parent/Caregiver Name:

*Space limited to 8 families. Each registered student must have an adult partner and only one student per adult. Only registered children and adults are allowed in the studio during class.

 

Gaga/People Workshop with Berit Ahlgren, May 6-June 10

Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

Saturdays, May 6-June 10 (no class on June 3), 5:00-6:00pm

Cost: $65 for 5-week workshop; $14 drop-in rate (class cards will be accepted)

Student Name:

Native to Minneapolis, Berit Ahlgren gained her foundational dance training from Minnesota Dance Theater, and received a BFA in Dance from St. Olaf College, where she also studied biomedical studies. Ahlgren was a founding member of TU Dance under the artistic directorship of Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, and performed with the company between the years of 2006—2015. Receiving Minneapolis Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant in 2011, Ahlgren had the opportunity to study the Gaga Movement Language in Tel Aviv, and moved permanently to Israel to pursue a teacher certification between 2011-2012. Upon return to the U.S., she established the Twin Cities Gaga community, and teaches Gaga/dancer and Gaga/people classes regularly at both TU Dance and Zenon Dance, while holding positions on faculty and guest instructing at the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and Gustavus Adolphus College, Wesleyan University, and teaching abroad in Sweden and Israel. Ahlgren moved to New York in 2014 and obtained her MFA in Dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. During that time, she taught Gaga weekly at both Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center until recently relocating to Minneapolis late in 2016. In addition to her work as a Gaga instructor, Berit choreographs and performs work for stage and film, and has recently launched a monthly Artist Salon Series to bring together the diverse network of talented artists working in the Twin Cities.

Contemporary Dance Master Class with Ron K. Brown, March 29

In anticipation of the TU Dance Spring Concert at the Ordway, please join us for a contemporary dance master class with artist in residence Ronald K. Brown!

Wednesday, March 29, 6- 7:30PM
TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
$7 per person | Ages 12 + | All levels welcome
To register, call: 651.224.4222 or secure your spot by paying online here
Loose clothing and bare feet recommended

This class is designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range to no dance experience. Class begins with meditation and floor work that includes stretching and mind-body centering exercises. Center floor work includes alignment and the introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Phrases across the floor use influences from western modern dance as well as traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.

TU Dance returns to the Ordway —an evening featuring world premiere by Ronald K. Brown commissioned by The Ordway and The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation and include selections from the TU Dance repertory — on Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call the Ordway at 651.224.4222 or visit Ordway.org.

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