Calendar & Tickets

Nutcracker (not so) Suite

Tickets
$25 - $50

Join The Cowles Center and James Sewell Ballet as we ring in the holidays with Myron Johnson’s off-kilter Nutcracker (not so) Suite, a coming-of-age tale much closer to E.T.A. Hoffman’s original, grittier story than the Sugar Plum Fairy version many of us know today.

Dec 08
Thu @ 7:30pm
Dec 09
Fri @ 7:30pm
Dec 10
Sat @ 7:30pm
Dec 11
Sun @ 2:00pm
Dec 15
Thu @ 7:30pm
Dec 16
Fri @ 7:30pm
Dec 17
Sat @ 7:30pm
Dec 18
Sun @ 2:00pm

Future Interstates

Tickets
Free/$5 Donation

dance-improvisation-performance
curated and hosted by HIJACK + Body Cartography Project

Jan 10
Tue @ 8:00pm
Mar 14
Tue @ 8:00pm
May 09
Tue @ 8:00pm

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Carmina Burana
Tickets
$26 - $45 (fees included)

Carmina Burana is a sensuous and gritty romp to the stirring and powerful music of composer Carl Orff, based on poems written by 13th century vagabond poets!


Jan 20
Fri @ 8:00pm
Jan 21
Sat @ 8:00pm
Jan 22
Sun @ 3:00pm

Ragamala Dance Company

Written In Water
Tickets
$29

Written in Water is the result of Ranee and Aparna’s ongoing investigation of the 2nd century Indian board game Paramapadam (the precursor to Snakes and Ladders), the 12th century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds, and the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of both.

Jan 27
Fri @ 8:00pm
Jan 28
Sat @ 8:00pm
Jan 29
Sun @ 2:00pm

Curio Dance: Drop the Mic!

The Experience
Tickets
$22 - $25

Experience the future of dance-makers and funk-stylists turned-on to psychedelic rock, electric blues and the ageless grooves that unite generations. 

Feb 10
Fri @ 7:30pm
Feb 11
Sat @ 7:30pm
Feb 12
Sun @ 2:00pm
Contempo Physical Dance

Contempo Physical Dance

Balacobaco
Tickets
$16 - $24

Marciano Silva dos Santos’ Balacobaco is extraordinarily beautiful, excessively animated and will make you want to jump out of your chair and dance along.

Feb 24
Fri @ 7:30pm
Feb 25
Sat @ 7:30pm

Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences

A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities
Tickets
Free

A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities, hosted by Rosy Simas, in conjunction with Oyate Okodakiciyapi – a series of Native contemporary dance events in the Twin Cities, a partnership with the Ordway and Rosy Simas Danse

Feb 26
Sun @ 2:00pm

Ballet Works Project

Tickets
$16 - $20 (fees included)

James Sewell Ballet’s annual choreographic laboratory puts the audience at the heart of the creative process.


Mar 02
Thu @ 7:30pm
Mar 03
Fri @ 8:00pm
Mar 04
Sat @ 8:00pm
Mar 05
Sun @ 2:00pm
St. Paul Ballet

St. Paul Ballet

Tickets
$25 - $35
St. Paul Ballet returns to the Cowles Center with fresh new contemporary works.
Mar 03
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 04
Sat @ 7:30pm
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota

Classical Connections
Tickets
$25 - $35

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota presents CLASSICAL CONNECTIONSan exciting mixed program featuring Tutus & Toe Shoes, Gothic Romance, Cowboys and Classical Ballet!

Mar 10
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 11
Sat @ 7:30pm
Still Life

Morgan Thorson

Still Life
Tickets
TBA

Using cutting edge designs in both lights and sound, synthesized with movement and text, Still Life will be mounted inside the stage of the Goodale Theater, imaging that environment as an obsolete artifact; a space formally known as the proscenium theater.

Mar 17
Mar 18
Mar 19

James Sewell Ballet

Titicut Follies: The Ballet
Tickets
$20 - $36

Inspired by Frederick Wiseman’s landmark documentary, Titicut Follies, having its 50th Anniversary this year, this new full length ballet is a collaboration between Wiseman and James Sewell.

Mar 31
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 01
Sat @ 8:00pm
Apr 02
Sun @ 2:00pm
Minnesota Dance Theatre

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Spring Season
Tickets
$24 - $36

Celebrating local music icon Bob Dylan, Minnesota Dance Theatre presents the Minneapolis premiere of “Moonshine” by world-renowned British choreographer Christopher Bruce.

Apr 07
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 08
Sat @ 8:00pm
Apr 09
Sun @ 2:00pm
Shapiro & Smith

Shapiro & Smith Dance

Tickets
$29

Shapiro & Smith Dance has a reputation for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. Join them as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary Season at The Cowles Center.

Apr 13
Thu @ 8:00pm
Apr 14
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 15
Sat @ 8:00pm
Zorongo And FFF

Flying Foot Forum and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre

Tickets
$30 (Fees included)

Flying Foot Forum and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre join forces to bring you an evening of rhythm, passion, and energy.

Apr 21
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 22
Sat @ 8:00pm
Apr 23
Sun @ 2:00pm
Zenon Dance Company

Zenon Dance Company

34th Spring Season
Tickets
$34

One of the nation’s premier repertory dance companies, Zenon Dance Company captivates audiences with a rare and dynamic blend of modern and jazz.

May 05
Fri @ 8:00pm
May 06
Sat @ 8:00pm
May 07
Sun @ 2:00pm
MixTape

MIXTAPE

Tickets
$22 - $25

MIXTAPE is a collaboration of seven local artists whose differences in upbringing, generation, and relationship to “Hip Hop” have evoked important questions and dialogue around “What is Hip Hop?”.

May 19
Fri @ 7:30pm
May 20
Sat @ 7:30pm
May 21
Sun @ 2:00pm

MDT Strawberry Festival

Tickets
$20 - $30

Celebrate the talent and accomplishments of Minnesota Dance Theatre’s aspiring young dancers

May 26
Fri @ 6:00pm
May 27
Sat @ 1:00pm
Cantus

Cantus

Covers
Tickets
$25 - $35

Don’t miss the best sing-along of the year as Cantus returns to The Cowles Center to cover more of your favorite pop hits.

Jun 02
Fri @ 7:30pm
Jun 03
Sat @ 7:30pm
Jun 08
Thu @ 7:30pm
Jun 09
Fri @ 7:30pm
Jun 10
Sat @ 7:30pm

Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences

Moving Narratives in Latin Dance
Tickets
Free

Moving Narratives in Latin Dance, hosted by choreographer Giselle Mejia, featuring guest speakers René Thompson (Afro-Cuban of Havana), Yeniel Chini Perez (Afro-Cuban of Matanzas), Leo Paixao (Afro-Brazilian of Salvador), Maria Isa (Afro-Puerto Rican of Loíza), and Mejia (Afro-Ecuadorian of Esmeraldas).

Jun 04
Sun @ 2:00pm

Metropolitan Ballet

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tickets
$21.75 - $49

Metropolitan Ballet celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare with A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jun 24
Sat @ 7:30pm
Jun 25
Sun @ 3:00pm

Momentum: New Dance Works 2017

Tickets
$20

Since 2001, Momentum has enabled the creation and presentation of new work by artistically and culturally diverse emerging artists that have continued to make significant contributions to the local and national arts scene.

Jul 13
Thu @ 8:00pm
Jul 14
Fri @ 8:00pm
Jul 15
Sat @ 8:00pm
Jul 20
Thu @ 8:00pm
Jul 21
Fri @ 8:00pm
Jul 22
Sat @ 8:00pm