Performance at Franconia Sculpture Parks 27th Annual Art and Artists Celebration – September 23, 2023
As part of the festivities, ARENA DANCES will perform an excerpt of Erased Steps at 4:30pm – an abstract dance theater work featuring an original score by local composer Zack Baltich. The trio of Dustin Haug, Leslie O’Neill, and Laura Selle Virtucio exposes themes of the past and the present. Learn more about the 27th Annual Art and Artists.
snowBIRD Creative Residency in Palm Springs, CA – January 2024
In early 2024, ARENA will be heading to sunny Palm Springs, California to participate in a creative residency with snowBIRD, focusing time to create with Twin Cities dancers Dustin Haug, Javan Mngrezzo, and Leslie O’Neill while we also offer classes to the community.
Mathew Janczewski and Taja Will’s collaboration of MERGE in March at The Cowles – March 23-24, 2024
Mathew Janczewski and Taja Will join choreographic and creative forces in their commissioned collaboration through The Cowles Center for MERGE in March, premiering March 23-24, 2024 on the Cowles Center’s main stage. This year’s MERGE pairs Mathew Janczewski’s high-intensity, super-charged movements with Taja Will’s nuanced, emotive, and improvisational boldness. Their collaboration will culminate in an evening of performance which includes ARENA repertory favorite Judged House and the premiere of a haunting new solo by Will, described as a “club-like atmosphere of daring ecstasy, collective revolt, and personal reclamations.” View the 2023/24 Cowles Center Season Announcement here.
The 8th Annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival – April 22-27, 2024
The CANDY BOX Dance Festival is a week-long dynamic sampling of featured performances, masterclasses, and in-progress showings, hosted by ARENA DANCES and presented in late April 2024 at The Southern Theater. The CANDY BOX Dance Festival features both emerging and established choreographers, Happy Hour work-in-progress performances, and master class offerings, with a full program announcement coming in January 2024. Learn more about CANDY BOX here.