MERGES IN MARCH: Penelope Freeh & Alanna Morris Van Tassel

Penelope Freeh & Alanna Morris Van Tassel

Ticket Prices: 
Adult – $30

In dedication to building new audiences and in continued pursuit of innovation and engagement, The Cowles Center created MERGE, a program that pairs two local dance companies/artists to collaborate together on a full-length evening performance. This approach fosters inter-organizational collaboration in the dance community and cross-pollinates audiences, introducing both audiences and artists to new ideas.

New to our 2019/20 season, MERGES IN MARCH expands on our program to facilitate multiple nights of inter-disciplinary and ground-breaking performances.

About Penelope
A contemporary ballet dancer, choreographer, educator, and writer, Penelope Freeh honors and manipulates classicism and traditional vocabularies. Part of the Twin Cities dance community since 1994, she danced for James Sewell Ballet for seventeen years and served as Artistic Associate from 2007-11. She is a two-time McKnight Fellow for choreographers, a McKnight Fellow for dancers, and Sage awardee for Outstanding Performer. Her work is in the repertoires of James Sewell Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Alternative Motion Project, Minnesota Ballet, and Gem City Ballet among others. Working frequently with opera and musical theater groups, she co-created Test Pilot, a chamber dance opera, with composer Jocelyn Hagen, which won a Sage Award for Best Overall Design and toured the state in 2016. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Zenon, and TU Dance.

About Alanna
Brooklyn-born Dancer-Choreographer-Educator, Alanna Morris Van Tassel was a featured dancer with TU Dance from 2007-2017. Alanna made her solo debut by producing and presenting her first project, “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” at Off-Leash Area’s Art Box in 2018, alongside works by Jonathan van Arnerman and Khary Jackson. “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!”was named Star Tribune’s Best of Dance (2018) and most recently earned her City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019). Alanna is one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch!" (2018); City Pages’ Artist of the Year (2018); and a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow. She is working on her second project, “Black Light,” which deconstructs masquerade traditions, examining notions of black identity and sexuality through ultraviolet black light to illuminate contemporary life in Diaspora. Alanna is a proud graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and The Juilliard School.

Image Credit: Shelly Mosman Photography


Mar 20
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 21
Sat @ 7:30pm