Cirque du Soleil: ‘Twas the Night Before…

‘Twas the Night Before… is Cirque du Soleil’s first holiday show, based on the classic poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Memorable lines from this cherished classic inspired Cirque’s story about a jaded young girl who rediscovers the magic of the holidays.

A festive flurry of love and cheer created especially for families, ‘Twas the Night Before… features thrilling acrobatics, lovable characters, and a soundtrack including holiday classics re-invented by Cirque du Soleil. The show was conceived and is directed by Cirque du Soleil Senior Artistic Director James Hadley, a 25-year veteran of circus productions and live theater.

Evening shows at 7:30pm with multiple performances on Friday, November 24; Sunday, November 26; Saturday, December 2; and Sunday, December 3. See the link for more details.

The Awe Factor/L’Effet Waouh Residency Opening Reception – Tomorrow

Have you ever wondered how set designs are created? How do they enhance performance? Join Analog Dance Works in residency at AFMSP as they develop the first draft of the set design for their project The Awe Factor, or in French, L’Effet Waouh, inspired by single use plastic waste juxtaposing the emotion of awe. The set design will be revealed at the ouverture de residence, residency opening, on Thursday, November 30 at 6:00pm.

During this event, you can meet the dancers, see photos, and enjoy some light snacks and drinks! Founding Analog Director Brenna Mosser will also be present to answer any questions about the residency, as well as to give a short speech on Analog Dance Works and their mission as a dance company.

The post-residency performance will present the choreographic work created during Analog’s time inside Alliance Française’s walls Friday, December 15 at 6:00pm, followed by a Q&A with the company.

Prints presented in the exhibit will be for sale that will benefit both Alliance Française and Analog Dance Works’ 11 dance artists and administration staff.

This event is free with a suggested donation of $10. Registration is encouraged but not required.

VANAHEIMR: Stories of the Lesser

A fusion of classical poetry, shadow puppetry, live Nordic folk music, and contemporary dance, set within a dark winter forest.
The production explores colonialism and cultural erasure from the perspective of the lesser pantheon of Norse deities, the Vanir.

Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 7:30pm
Runtime: 70 minutes

Week 1
Thursday, November 30
Friday, December 1
Saturday, December 2

Week 2
Thursday, December 7
Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9 – ASL interpretation
Sunday, December 10 – Emergency/Cancellation Date

Pre-Sale Tickets
Tickets available online for $25-$35, general admission (including fees).

Rush Tickets
30 walk-up pay-what-you-can tickets will be released nightly at 6:30pm, first come first serve!

Cast and Crew
Written, Directed, and Produced by Nat Allister
Bragi – Willie Johnson
Nerthus – Rhiannon Fiskradatz
Composed by Kat Parent
Music performed by Kat Parent, Mili Judge-Becker, Josh Conroy, and Nat Allister
Shadow Puppetry by Becca Mellstrom and Alex Young
Puppeteering by Becca Mellstrom, Alex Young and Sofia Padilla
Choreography by Gabby Abram
Ensemble: Odessa Rain, Kae McMahon, Allison Durham, Fenja Frances, Ben Siglin, Rachel Lieberman, Eliana Durnbaugh, and
Danielle Ricci Cheng
Costuming by Kathy Kohl
Set Design by Rachel Eilts
Paper headpieces made by hand at the MN Book Arts Center by Lux Fabré

CHILL: Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack Show

It’s back! After a four-year hiatus, Rhythmically Speaking is thrilled to bring back to the community our unique and quirky show that feels like a warm hug and has become a Twin Cities holiday favorite – CHILL: The Entire Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack, Played Live and Danced at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul.

Show times and tickets
Friday, December 1 at 7:00pm

Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm – Pay As You Are
Saturday, December 2 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 3 at 2:00pm

As the weather chills, we chill into playful original choreography and movement improvisations set to the groovy jazz tunes of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, played live by local jazz musicians! CHILL pairs a cast of seven dynamic local dancers and an excellent live jazz quartet – The Jazz Outlaws – to bring the entire soundtrack of the 1965 animated TV special Charlie Brown Christmas to life, and we’re making some exciting tweaks to keep the show fresh for those who have already seen it. And artist Brad Erickson will be at the 2:00pm Saturday show to offer free Peanuts-style caricatures!

CHILL offers a unique holiday outing option great for yuletide revelry-seekers of all backgrounds and ages: kids 12 and under are just $10.00, and lap-sitters are free. The show has an earlier start time and runs about an hour, making it an ideal option for families. Come experience some quirky holiday joy, and enjoy a pint and a meal while you are at it: unlike many other holiday productions, we do not perform this show every year, so don’t miss your chance to join us! See you at the show!

Floorwork: Conversations and Knowledge Sharing Potluck

The next Floorwork is at the ARENA.
Saturday, December 2
RSVP is appreciated – please do so by Friday, December 1.

This December Floorwork will focus on grand visions and collective goal-setting. What is your big dream? What are you presently working on? Conversation will be assisted by Nieya Amezquita and Cheng Xiong.

Conversation will be held over a communal meal – bring your own dish to share in our potluck! ARENA DANCES will supply beverages, plates, napkins, and utensils.

Collide Theatrical 10th Anniversary Performance

10th Anniversary Performance – An Evening to Support Collide Theatrical

Saturday, December 2
At Mixed Blood Theatre

Help us celebrate the past 10 years and toast to the next decade, while we raise crucial funds to support the future of the company. The evening will feature a performance highlighting favorite dance excerpts from our past shows.

Tickets can be purchased at online, or by calling 651-395-7903, ext. 701.

6:00–7:30pm: Silent Auction, Drinks, and Appetizers
7:30–9:00pm: Performance

Cocktail or semi-formal attire requested.

Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry Celebration at Minnesota State University, Mankato During Fall Dance Concert

Minnesota State University, Mankato is dedicating their Fall Dance Concert to Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry on Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm.

Julie retired in July 2023 and we’re excited to celebrate her legacy of scholarship, artistry and leadership. Dr. Kerr-Berry taught at Minnesota State Mankato from 1988-2023 and her influence and impact, both within the state and beyond in the field of dance, is incredible.

Please come and celebrate with Julie!

Beth Gill: Nail Biter

“Everything seems absolutely deliberate but also mysterious… a vivid dream, unexplained but not at all random.”—New York Times Critic’s Pick

Explore ritual and dance through science fiction and ancient myth in acclaimed choreographer Beth Gill’s darkly beautiful new work. Emerging as representations of our collective unconscious, five dancers—including Gill herself—transform a contemporary dance performance into an enigmatic and vital space of connection and loss with a sense of magic and awe. Nail Biter embodies her signature choreographic craft, creating what Dance Magazine calls a “sense of control that doesn’t stifle but rather beckons our curiosity.”

Friday, December 8 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 9 at 8:00pm
Tickets start at $15. No additional fees.
Walker commission.

TU Dance Center: 2023 Winter Showcase

Join us for the TU Dance Winter Showcase at The Southern, featuring CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program and students from Level 4 and 5 of the Pre-Professional Program at The School at TU Dance Center. CULTIVATE will share self-choreographed solos as well as premiere works by local dancer/choreographer and TU Dance alum Anna Pinault and New York-based dancer/choreographer Christopher Ralph. The level 4 and 5 students will perform works by TU Dance Center teaching artist Davente Gilreath and CULTIVATE trainee Gabrielle Abram. Let’s celebrate these inspiring dancers and their artistry and dedication!

December 8 and 9, 2023 at 7:30pm
December 10, 2023 at 2:00pm
30-minute post-show talkbacks will directly follow the Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9 performances.

Purchase tickets here!

Nutcracker in Wonderland

Ballet Co.Laboratory’s enchanting twist on a holiday classic returns to the stage! Nutcracker in Wonderland weaves together the magic of two timeless stories, E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Jump down the rabbit hole for the most curious adventure. The beloved Tchaikovsky Nutcracker score will take on a new meaning as Clara and Alice join forces to battle the Rat Queen, whirl through the Land of Snowflakes hand-in-hand, and encounter Wonderland residents like the Mad Hatter, mischievous Cheshire Cat, perpetually tardy White Rabbit, and spiteful Queen of Hearts all while discovering themselves.

Choreographed by Zoé Emilie Henrot
Performed by The Company of Ballet Co.Laboratory and the students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory

December 8-10, 2023
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 2:00pm

Adults: $40
Seniors: $35
Children/Students: $30
Groups of ten or more tickets to the same performance: $35/each