Karen L. Charles, TU Dance, Ballet of the Dolls, Ananya Dance Theatre, and more.

Mohona: Estuaries of Desire, Ananya Dance Theatre

Ananya Dance Theatre completes its epic four-part investigation of oppression, communities of color, and environment with Mohona: Estuaries of Desire. Don’t think political art is your bag? Think again: ADT’s top-notch design collaborators and riveting dance, derived from the classical Indian form Odissi, will transport you.

Sept. 20–21. The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700,

Blush, Gallim Dance

Andrea Miller’s sexy and quirky dances (Booba and Picnic, Lightning) delighted local audiences in recent Zenon seasons. Now Miller, formerly of Israel’s inventive Batsheva, brings her own company to St. Paul with the evening-length Blush, an energized exploration of how the body involuntarily betrays emotion.

Oct. 12. The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700,

Sannidhi, Aparna Ramaswamy

Ragamala Dance’s co-director and star dancer, Aparna Ramaswamy, steps out with an evening of solos entitled Sannidhi (which means “sacred space”). Solo evenings of Bharatanatyam with live music are rare in the United States, but they’re standard in India. They allow “all the artists and the audience to go on this journey together,” Ramaswamy explains—a journey of deep emotion, intricate rhythm, and sparkling precision.

Oct. 19. The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3636,

Choreographers’ Evening

Every year we urge you to see the Walker Art Center’s Choreographers’ Evening. Why? Because it’s the best way to take the temperature of local dance. This year’s concert, curated by dance duo (and husband-and-wife team) Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs, promises a showcase of the bright, tricky, splashy, and heartfelt work made right here.

Nov. 30. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600,

One with Others, Karen Sherman

According to the Washington Post, Minneapolis choreographer Karen Sherman’s One with Others “gleefully mocks artistic hooey.” Sherman herself explains the work’s starting point a little differently: “in estrangement; futile pursuits; reckless, last-ditch dismantling of words and movement as sacred; in caring way too much and not at all.” Hooey or not, Sherman dissects desire with any tool available.

Nov. 7–10. Red Eye Theater, 15 W. 14th St., Mpls., 612-870-0309,

Disabled Theater, Jérôme Bel

French dance provocateur Jérôme Bel returns to the Walker with Disabled Theater, his collaboration with Switzerland’s Theater Hora. If you’ve seen his previous work, you know Bel is not above jokes and shock tactics—but always for an intelligent reason.

Nov. 21–23. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600,

20th Anniversary Season, James Sewell Ballet

Much-beloved James Sewell Ballet celebrates 20 years of contemporary ballet exploration in the Twin Cities with a concert that ranges from old favorites to a duet by New York choreographer Lar Lubovitch. Also on the bill is new work by Sewell, with live music by Todd Reynolds.

Oct. 25–Nov. 3. The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3636,

Venus and Adonis, Ballet of the Dolls

Part ballet and part burlesque, the Dolls have set this one to the music of Kate Bush, Carole King, and Tracy Chapman.

Sept. 27–29. The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3636,

TU Dance

Ten years ago, Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands founded TU Dance to diversify our dance scene. Their lithe, extremely physical company is guided by Sands’s lush, poetic choreography.

Nov. 15–17. The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3636,

Malignant, Karen L. Charles

Working from interviews with cancer survivors, Karen L. Charles takes on the ubiquitous disease in Malignant, featuring new music by Nioka Workman.

Oct 25–27. The Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977,


A mix of revamped classics and edgy, even bizarre new creations (zombies, anyone?) take the stage and steal the spotlight.

Galleries & Museums

There's something for any kind of art lover this season, from curated local talent to naturalist prints, plus retrospectives covering decades (even centuries) of work.

Classical & Choral

There's plenty of Classically-trained talent in the Twin Cities to see, though we're still hoping the Minnesota Orchestra returns to its former glory.


A full slate of star power is scheduled for the Twin Cities this fall, proving you don't need summer music festivals to get your fill of top-notch talent.