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STUART PIMSLER DANCE & THEATER PRESENTS
WORLD PREMIERE OF BOHEMIAN GROVE
JUNE 11-13, 2015
JSB TEK BOX AT THE COWLES CENTER FOR
DANCE & THE PERFORMING ARTS
(Minneapolis, MN) Minneapolis-based Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) will present an evening of new work and signature repertory from the companys 36-year history on June 11-13, 2015 in the JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. The evening will include the world premiere of a new work by Pimsler titled Bohemian Grove, signature SPDT repertory, The Men from the Boys, and a witty new solo created by Suzanne Costello titled Engarde. Artistic Co-Directors Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello have also invited members of the Young Dance Company to perform another new work created by Pimsler this past year for youth dancers and their parents titled Heroes Unbound, which recalls the undeniable connection between children and their parents.
Directed by Pimsler, Bohemian Grove takes its title from the campground in Northern California where leaders of wealth and power from around the world have gathered for over 100 years. Through a montage of statuesque movement, animal imagery, and probing monologues, Bohemian Grove provides a searing glimpse into the world of the superclass.
Engarde, a solo created by Costello for graduating St. Olaf College senior Grace Wehrspann, will also be performed. This witty solo is a portrait of a day in the life of a museum security guard who marches, hums, and humbly cues the public within her rigid, attentive position.
An authority figure and his subject engage in a series of one-upmanships in The Men from the Boys (1990)a poignant commentary on male intimacy. Pimsler fashions a pas de deux for the two men that blends wrestling take-down moves with pseudo-balletic lifts and turns, a brilliant...analogy (The Pittsburg Press). The Men from the Boys serves as an early example of the ways in which SPDT defies formal artistic boundaries through the blending of emotionally compelling movement and original text. Pimsler will be joined by Company Member Brian Evans in this duet.
The show will feature SPDT company artists Suzanne Costello, Brian Evans, Heather Klopchin, Kari Mosel, Jesse Neumann-Peterson, Stuart Pimsler, and Timmy Wagner.
Tickets for the show can be purchased through the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts Box Office 612-206-3600, www.thecowlescenter.org.
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) is an internationally-recognized performance company, founded in 1978 by Stuart Pimsler, and co-directed with Suzanne Costello since 1984. SPDT has been based in Minneapolis since 2000, and has twice been presented and commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, as well as by theaters and communities throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. In the U.S., SPDTs work has been presented at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Jacobs Pillow, and The American Dance Festival, among many others. Internationally, the companys work has been presented in Canada, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, Bermuda, China, and Mexico. In 2012, SPDT was the only American company selected to perform on the official program of the Internationale Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf, Germany. In both 2013 and 2014, SPDT was presented throughout Mexico, with performances and residencies in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Hermosillo. Two new works, El Duro (The Wall) and Cinco de Junio (June 5th) were commissioned by the American Embassy in Mexico, the National Center for the Arts, the Roberto Cantoral Cultural Center, and Fiestas del Pitic. This past season, SPDT has been commissioned to create new work for Young Dance in Minneapolis, St. Olaf College in Northfield, and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
SPDTs Community Connections programs reach a diverse array of groups - students, caregivers, audiences, and communities - locally, nationally and internationally. The companys community inclusive work has been lauded as a National Model by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and its Arts & Healthcare work has been recognized for Best Practices by the National Endowment for the Arts.