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Dancer, Betsy Shaefer Roob Photo Courtesy of Armour Photography

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Dancer, TImmy Wagner Photo Courtesy of Armour Photography

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Dancer, Blake Nellis Photo Courtesy of Armour Photography

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Dancer, Sarah Baumert Photo Courtesy of Armour Photography

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Dancer, Dustin Haug Photo Courtesy of Armour Photography

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Founder / Executive Artistic Director, Mathew Janczewski. Photo courtesy of Armour Photography

Help support ARENA DANCES in our 20th Anniversary Season!

Extending 20 months from January 2015 to November 2016, ARENA DANCES is smack dab in the middle of our 20th Anniversary Season. The wealth of positive influence from the Twin Cities community over the past two decades is impossible to measure, and in an act of retrospection, the 20th Anniversary Season pays homage to the theaters, dancers, collaborators, and communities that have elevated ARENA’s artistic and professional excellence over its history. As a supporter, you are an important part of that story. Thank you for helping us celebrate 20 years!

Still ahead in our celebration are two more concerts: the first on April 1-24 at The Southern Theater, and the Season finale on November 5 at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul where ARENA first debuted at The McKnight Theatre in 1997. For our run at The Southern, we are revisiting milestone works from ARENA's repertory, including Les Petites Choses (2012) and TWITCH: The Story Of A Life Unlived (1997), a semi-autobiographical rompous dance-theater work set to 18th century organ music. To revive these works, we have invited special guests (Heather Klopchin, Gabriel Anderson and more) to perform in their original roles. We will also debut the new quartet commissioned by The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation, Picturing That Day/Candy Box, inspired by the artwork of Jim Hodges, cruise ship entertainment and Irving Berlin.

The summer and autumn seasons have been filled with enriching workshops, performances and residencies including:

  • An instinct Dance Intensive, where students learned technique and repertory of I hate myself. Will you please love me? (2011).
  • The well-attended performance run of I hate myself. Will you please love me? (2011) at The Southern Theater, which Sheila Reagan called “an inspired ballad of lost dreams and the casualties of fame,” in her glowing review in the Star Tribune.
  • ARENA’s The Main Street Project Intergenerational Residency Program, now in its second year, bringing high school students together with elderly communities to make a dance through dialogue about topics such as relationships, community, and connection in our technologically-driven world.

This summer, ARENA also participated in Everwood Farmstead’s first ever artists’ residency in Glenwood City, Wisconsin to begin work on Picturing That Day/Candy Box. While rehearsing intensively, enjoying fresh eggs from the chickens and cooking amazing dinners for one another, we gained a heightened awareness of our shared passion for collaboration and dancing together. Personally, I had time to reflect on the making of dance and what it means to have been part of the Twin Cities dance community for two decades. I have a renewed sense of pride and gratitude for how much we have been able to accomplish together.

We know there are plenty of organizations reaching out this end-of-year season. For that reason, we have decided to combine our end-of-year ask with ARENA’s Give To The Max Day campaign for GiveMN on November 12. Your gift will go directly towards the $15,000 needed for the dancers’ salaries and to pay our special guest performers for our upcoming spring concerts. This will ensure that our 20th Anniversary Season demonstrates the best that ARENA can be! Additionally, the impact of your gift will be doubled through a $5,000 match from The McKnight Foundation. Will you make your donation in honor of ARENA’s 20th Anniversary today?

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