Calendar & Tickets

Momentum: New Dance Works 2017

Tickets
$20 (FEES INCLUDED)

Momentum is among the most popular platforms of emerging choreographic talent in the Twin Cities. Featuring two new works each evening, the series highlights an exciting next generation of dance creators.

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

Love-TKO

Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass
Tickets
$29 - $34 (FEES INCLUDED)

The dynamic Johnnie Brown takes you on a musical experience  of unbelievable proportions.  His raspy baritone voice delivers Teddy Pendergrass better than anyone in the country.  His 14-member band headed by George Parrish delivers the music of “the Sound of Philadelphia” like it was meant to be played.  You will be dancing in the aisles at this show.  Johnnie Brown has been selling out shows all over town for the last 7 years.  You will not want to miss this show!  Buy tickets now!

Aug 05
Sat @ 8:00pm

TEDxMinneapolis

"Why Not"
Tickets
$55 (FEES INCLUDED)

Communities seem as polarized and disconnected as ever. There's an uncertainty when exploring new ideas and it seems impossible to enact change in meaningful ways. Let us remind ourselves that even the smallest action can ripple out and impact our world in ways greater than ever thought possible. TEDxMinneapolis invites you to break out of old habits, tread new paths, and take action to matters that have only been seen as far off possibilities - until now. Learn a new skill you've always wanted to try. Have the difficult conversations with others. Push beyond your boundaries and ask yourself and your community, "Why Not?"

Aug 18
Fri @ 4:00pm

Dance, Influences, and Archives

An open house and invitation to contribute
Tickets
FREE

As we prepare to hand over the final documents to the Performing Arts Archives (PAA) at the University of Minnesota Libraries, we invite you to contribute your story as well. Join us in a conversation around what has been collected, where these stories take us, and how we can fill in the gaps for the next generation of artists, researchers, and advocates.

Aug 27
Sun @ 2:00pm

Alarmél Valli

An Evening of Bharatanatyam
Tickets
$15 - $29 (FEES INCLUDED)

Ragamala Dance Company launches its 25th anniversary home season with an evening of dance by legendary dancer/choreographer Alarmél Valli. Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy have been studying Bharatanatyam under Ms. Valli since they met her in the Twin Cities in 1984; their training with this master artist formed the foundation of their aesthetic and has been fundamental to the work of the company.

Sep 14
Thu @ 7:00pm
Sep 16
Sat @ 7:30pm

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Live

Tickets
$49 - $99 (FEES INCLUDED)

Take a private tour inside the world of Milk Street with Christopher Kimball, founder and host of Milk Street TV and Radio. Each and every audience member participates in a taste-test and selected attenders come up on stage for cooking competitions, quizzes, and tastings. 

Sep 27
Wed @ 7:30pm

2017 GOTTA DANCE! Gala & Raze the Barre After Party

Join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017, for our largest fundraising event of the year – The GOTTA DANCE! Gala and Raze the Barre After Party. 

Oct 07
Sat @ 5:00pm

Twin Cities Tap Festival

Tickets
$15 - $30 (FEES INCLUDED)

The Twin Cities Tap Festival brings together national artists, local tap dancers, and students of all ages to share in the love of rhythm, music, and the art of tap dance. 

Oct 19
Thu @ 7:30pm
Oct 20
Fri @ 7:30pm
Oct 21
Sat @ 7:30pm

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Fall Season
Tickets
$24 - $36 (FEES INCLUDED)

This fall at The Cowles Center, Minnesota Dance Theatre turns its focus to the future. Honoring the company’s longstanding commitment to the cultivation of new dances, MDT Artistic Director Lise Houlton has commissioned three world premieres pairing beloved local artists and innovators with MDT’s exceptionally versatile performers. Drawing from their extensive performing experience with such respected local companies as James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, and Black Label Movement and from their own distinctive aesthetic exploration, choreographers Penelope Freeh, Darwin Black, and Elayna Waxse will each create a never-before-seen work for an evening that promises to be an electrifying and eclectic celebration of the Twin Cities’ vibrant dance community.

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

The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project

Uncertain Reality
Tickets
$24 - $29 (FEES INCLUDED)

Threads Dance Project’s 10th Season show promises an exciting evening of all-new works.  Artistic Director Karen L. Charles taps into her previous career as a Computer Analyst and Mathematician to inspire her new work - Uncertain Reality. The dance explores the concept of Chaos Theory as it relates to the world we live in. 

Nov 03
Fri @ 7:30pm
Nov 04
Sat @ 7:30pm

Zenon Dance Company

Fall 2017 Season Performance - 35th Anniversary
Tickets
$34 (FEES INCLUDED)

Zenon celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a show highlighting new works created by up-and-coming New York choreographers, as well as classic, well-loved pieces from the company’s repertoire.

Nov 10
Fri @ 7:30pm
Nov 11
Sat @ 7:30pm
Nov 17
Fri @ 7:30pm
Nov 18
Sat @ 7:30pm
Nov 19
Sun @ 2:00pm

Nutcracker (not so) Suite

Tickets
$30 - $50 (FEES INCLUDED)

Lauded by the Star Tribune as a “Christmas miracle for the Twin Cities,” Myron Johnson’s inventive and irreverent take on The Nutcracker returns for its third year on The Cowles Center stage. Join Barbie, Ken, and a host of colorful characters for this spicy twist on The Land of Sweets.

Dec 15
Fri @ 7:30pm
Dec 16
Sat @ 7:30pm
Dec 17
Sun @ 2:00pm
Dec 21
Thu @ 7:30pm
Dec 22
Fri @ 7:30pm
Dec 23
Sat @ 7:30pm
Dec 27
Wed @ 7:30pm
Dec 28
Thu @ 7:30pm
Dec 29
Fri @ 7:30pm
Dec 30
Sat @ 7:30pm

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Carmina Burana
Tickets
$26 - $45 (FEES INCLUDED)

MDT audience favorite Carmina Burana follows a long line of sensuous inspiration, from the silent songs of 13th-century vagrant monks’ poetic homage to passion to Carl Orff’s brilliant orchestral adaptation of the ancient words. Under the direction of Lise Houlton, Loyce Houlton’s masterpiece brings the earthly rumblings of love and lust, mixed with the human pangs of fortune and fate, to a fully expressive celebration in a hedonistic romp of bodies, music, and movement.

Jan 19
Fri @ 8:00pm
Jan 20
Sat @ 8:00pm
Jan 21
Sun @ 3:00pm

Contempo Physical Dance

Vulcão
Tickets
$20 - $28 (FEES INCLUDED)

Vulcão is a masterpiece collaboration between choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos, composer Divanir Antonio Gattamorta, and Contempo’s unified and fiercely athletic cast of dancers. 

Feb 16
Fri @ 7:30pm
Feb 17
Sat @ 7:30pm

Ballet Minnesota

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Tickets
TBA (FEES INCLUDED)

Ballet Minnesota brings to life Beethoven’s most renowned composition, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Comprised of four movements, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is a one-of-a-kind work that transforms music into movement. Movement 1 reveals how Beethoven’s thoughts and experiences are reflected in his work. Audiences experience a joyous Orchestra Hall concert in Movement 2. Movement 3 is a dedication to Beethoven’s “immortal beloved,” and the search among scholars to find her. Movement 4 crescendos with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

Feb 23
Fri @ 8:00pm
Feb 24
Sat @ 2:00pm
Feb 24
Sat @ 8:00pm

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota

Pink Floyd’s The Wall: A Rock Ballet
Tickets
$30 - $38 (FEES INCLUDED)

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota (TCB) is excited to announce the World Premiere of its all-new original full-length rock ballet, The Wall, with live music by the band Run Like Hell. This groundbreaking event—a Minnesota first—features an incredible collaboration of local artists­: choreographers, dancers, and musicians, and demonstrates TCB’s artistic vision, innovation, and its dancers’ versatility.  

Mar 01
Thu @ 7:30pm
Mar 02
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 03
Sat @ 7:30pm
Ballet Dancers

St. Paul Ballet

Fifth Anniversary Best
Tickets
$26 - $36 (FEES INCLUDED)

St. Paul Ballet (SPB) has selected the best of five seasons for a multifaceted anniversary celebration at The Cowles Center. From poignant to moving with a bit of charm and verve, SPB takes its cue from audience favorites in classical and contemporary ballet.

Mar 09
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 10
Sat @ 7:30pm

Curio Dance

Drop the Mic: Metamorphosized
Tickets
$22 - $25 (FEES INCLUDED)

Curio Dance returns with their seventh show - Drop the Mic: Metamorphosized  - an ambitious attempt to spotlight the company’s top pieces from the past six original productions. 

Mar 16
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 17
Sat @ 7:30pm
Mar 18
Sun @ 2:00pm

Shapiro & Smith Dance

Spring Season
Tickets
$29 (FEES INCLUDED)

Shapiro & Smith Dance returns for its 31st season with an evening of dance featuring the company’s signature blend of biting wit and breathtaking physicality. The works run the gamut of human emotion as Shapiro & Smith’s company of dancers tell stories of humor and heartbreak; triumph and despair.

Mar 30
Fri @ 8:00pm
Mar 31
Sat @ 8:00pm

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre

Garden of Names
Tickets
$30 (FEES INCLUDED)

Garden of Names is an original flamenco dance theater work created by Susana di Palma and inspired by Lawrence Thornton’s novel Imagining Argentina.  In the struggle between “our imagination and theirs," artists remind us that names cannot be extinguished and that our imagination is our greatest tool for survival.  From stories of “desaparecidos” (disappeared) of Argentina, Chile, and from other countries where vile political repression reached its extreme of evil, names blossom forth in the “garden” of remembering.

With Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum.

Apr 06
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 07
Sat @ 8:00pm
Apr 08
Sun @ 2:00pm
Apr 13
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 14
Sat @ 8:00pm
Apr 15
Sun @ 2:00pm

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Spring Season
Tickets
$24 - $36 (FEES INCLUDED)

For its spring season, MDT dives into its ever-expanding lineup of internationally-acclaimed and locally treasured repertory. In the span of one evening, experience the classical and the contemporary; the quirky and the contemplative; the minimalistic and the dramatic. Venture with MDT into the familiar and the unknown as the company displays its dazzling artistic and athletic range in a varied program of work to be announced.

Apr 20
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 21
Sat @ 8:00pm
Apr 22
Sun @ 2:00pm

Ragamala Dance Company

Body, the Shrine
Tickets
$25 (FEES INCLUDED)

Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy (mother and daughter), Ragamala Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the world premiere of Body, the Shrine. Rooted in Bharatanatyam, Ragamala's work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal.

Apr 26
Thu @ 7:30pm
Apr 27
Fri @ 7:30pm
Apr 28
Sat @ 6:00pm

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Matinee
Tickets
$30 (FEES INCLUDED)

Adapted from fabulist American author Robert Coover’s short story of the same name, MATINEE is a dance/theater/film work that explores the complexities of relationships and the changing realities of the characters in a myriad of locations from train cars to shabby hotel rooms, lonely bars, wilderness vistas, elegant restaurants, and mundane apartments.

May 11
Fri @ 7:30pm
May 12
Sat @ 7:30pm
May 13
Sun @ 2:00pm

Mixtape

Mixtape Side B
Tickets
$22 - $25 (FEES INCLUDED)

Unpacking issues of gender inequality, privilege, appropriation, and homophobia, up-and-coming and established Twin Cities’ Hip Hop choreographers challenge notions of what Hip Hop dance is and will be.

May 18
Fri @ 7:30pm
May 19
Sat @ 7:30pm
May 20
Sun @ 2:00pm
Ballet Dancers

MDT Strawberry Festival

A Student Showcase
Tickets
$26 - $36 (FEES INCLUDED)

Celebrate the talent and accomplishments of Minnesota Dance Theatre’s aspiring young dancers as they take the stage for the 2018 Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase. This annual showcase features students from every level of MDT’s Performing Arts Division, Young Children’s Division, and Boys Program performing pieces especially created and selected for them.

May 25
Fri @ 6:00pm
May 26
Sat @ 1:00pm

Cantus

Covers: A Pop Concert
Tickets
$31 - $41 (FEES INCLUDED)

Is it summer yet? 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. Whether it is music from the ‘60s, the ‘80s, or something brand new, Covers will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Always an audience favorite, Covers shows off a completely different side of Cantus.

Jun 01
Fri @ 7:30pm
Jun 02
Sat @ 7:30pm
Jun 03
Sun @ 3:00pm
Jun 07
Thu @ 7:30pm
Jun 08
Fri @ 7:30pm

Sally Rousse

Masonic Temple Dances
Tickets
$25 (FEES INCLUDED)

Artist in Residence Sally Rousse creates an immersive, historical/hysterical performance experience onstage, backstage, in the hallways, studios, dressing rooms and lobbies of The Cowles Center (formerly the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Masonic Temple, Shubert Theater, Kinney Shoes, etc.) featuring the works of celebrated local dance makers Wynn Fricke, Judith Howard, and HIJACK.  

Jun 14
Thu @ 6:00pm
Jun 15
Fri @ 6:00pm
Jun 16
Sat @ 6:00pm
Jun 17
Sun @ 3:00pm
Jun 21
Thu @ 6:00pm
Jun 22
Fri @ 6:00pm
Jun 23
Sat @ 6:00pm
Jun 24
Sun @ 3:00pm