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Arena Dances: Hold My Hand

Dec 9, 2021, 7:30 pm

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Founded in 1995, Arena Dances is a contemporary dance company performing the work of Mathew Janczewski. The work is abstract in form, giving shape to emotions, exploring the depths and the limits of what drives us as humans to connect, to break away, to survive.

Run with Me
Opening the show, this lush, sinuous men’s quartet is a display of immense physicality.

One Room
A trio set to the experimental and contemplative music of Nils Frahm.

Hold My Hand
The show’s title work is built on the score “Requiem” by Minnesota composer and 2018 McKnight Fellowship recipient, Joshua Clausen. Inspired by Sophie Chou’s sonification of gun violence statistics, the score is performed live by MPLS (imPulse) choir led by Samuel Grace with special guest Soprano, Carrie Henneman Shaw, and Zeitgeist new music quartet.

Open Eyes
A symbiotic relationship of two movers melting and embracing into one another with technical prowess and risk that only can be obtained with pure trust in each other. This duet was originally choreographed with long-time Arena dancer and muse Amy Behm Thomson with artistic director Mathew Janczewski.

One of Arena’s signature works, an angularly stark, white-hot cool quartet driven by the music of fourtet. The full body movement of each dancer must fit within the group pushing, pulling and fitting together.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and UMD staff, $15 for non-UMD students and $10 for UMD students. To purchase online visit tickets.umn.edu.


Dec 9, 2021
7:30 pm
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UMD Theatre


Marshall Performing Arts Center
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812 United States
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