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Threads Dance Project’s upcoming show, Tapestries 4.0
MINNEAPOLIS – The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project’s 12th Season will open with Tapestries 4.0 – a program dedicated to providing choreographic opportunities for local artists to see their work come to fruition in a produced show. Tapestries 4.0 features local choreographers Leila Awadallah, Julie Marie Muskat and Deja Stowers. The featured guest choreographers will expose many aspects of humanity and will explore issues and connections in our inner and outer worlds.
Karen L. Charles will revisit Abraham's Seed, an excerpt from Ashes to Ashes that examines the natural cycle of life from birth to death. Her evocative trio, Pariah, delves into the moments when one feels outcast - - never really fitting in anywhere. “The Tapestries program is something I care deeply about despite the challenges of consistent financial support for it” says Charles. “We have funded the program from our own operating funds to pay dance forward. We provide access and opportunity to the next generation of choreographers – especially artists of color and female choreographers who are not as visible in the dance world.”
This year, the Tapestries choreographers are both new and familiar faces to the Minnesota dance scene:
Leila Awadallah, has been dancing with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2013. She is a Springboard for the Arts 20/20 Fellow, and received a Jerome Foundation Travel Research (2018) and SAGE Award for Dance (2016). Awadallah’s current research in Arabic folk dance and Arabic contemporary dance has been activated through recent travels to Lebanon and Palestine where she performs, teaches, and studies.
Julie Marie Muskat dances with Threads Dance Project, Vox Medusa, faux pas, and as a freelance solo artist. She will create her second work for Tapestries. Muskat is a summa cum laude graduate of the inaugural class of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet BFA Program in San Francisco, CA, and of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Alongside dance, Julie Marie is a published writer and a violinist.
Deja Stowers is a Black artist who uses dance, poetry and theater to explore the many bridges to and from Black America and Africa. She continuously explores body image, language, culture, and modes of oppression. She believes her art is something not to be performed but witnessed. Her most recent work includes “Taneber/BLAQ Wall Street” with her dance company BLAQ.
About The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project
Threads Dance Project premiered its first show in April 2011, and is currently embarking on their 12th Season, focused on their mission to examine, expose and celebrate the threads that connect us.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Karen L. Charles, Threads has collaborated with many reputable artists including SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, Nioka Workman (musician, NYC), Sanford Moore (musician, Minneapolis) and Bill Jeter (visual artist, Minneapolis). In 2015, Karen L. Charles and Threads Dance Project were nominated for a Minnesota SAGE Dance Award for Outstanding Performance for their show The Secrets of Slave Songs. In 2017, Threads was chosen to co-host the McKnight International Choreographer, Salia Sanou of Burkina Faso/France.
Threads creates dances that touch on themes that all people experience as well as themes that have created tension and discord amongst humankind with the hope of bettering humanity through dance.
At a Glance
WHAT: Tapestries 4.0 by The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project
WHERE: The TEKBOX Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403
PRICE: $22 & 25
TICKETS: www.thecowlescenter.org or http://bit.ly/tapestries4 ; (612) 206-3600
DATES: April 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.
April 28 at 2:00 p.m.