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Tapestries 5.0 by The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project
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At a Glance WHAT: Tapestries 5.0 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; (612) 206-3600 DATES: April 26 at 2:00 p.m.

4/26/2020
When: Sunday, April 26, 2020
2:00 PM
Where: The TEKBOX Theater
528 Hennepin Ave., 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55403
United States

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Threads Dance Project commissions choreographic residencies for Tapestries 5.0


MINNEAPOLIS – The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project’s 13th Season will open with
Tapestries 5.0 – a program dedicated to providing choreographic opportunities for emerging artists
to see their work come to fruition in a produced show. Tapestries 5.0 features local choreographers
Gabrielle Abram, Jenn Pray and Elayna Waxse.


The featured guest choreographers will expose many aspects of humanity and will explore issues
and connections in our inner and outer worlds. The company will also perform an excerpt from
Warriors of Light (2015), inspired by “Warrior of the Light: A Manual” written by renowned
Brazilian lyricist and author Paulo Coelho. Charles collaborated with composer and musician
Sanford Moore to create this work, encouraging the audience to overcome fear, look at the world
without bitterness and foster positive change in the world.


“I care deeply about the Tapestries Program 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:


Gabrielle Abram is a self-taught, multi-lingual Hip Hop artist and has received training in ballet,
modern, West African and jazz. She produces, performs and creates work in the Twin Cities. Jenn
Pray is a Twin Cities based dancer, teaching artist, and creator whose works blend movement with
voice, film, and theater. She performs with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and is on faculty at
Ashley Ballet Arts Academy and SPCPA. Elayna Waxse is a Twin Cities-based performer, dance
educator, and choreographer. In addition to performing, Waxse’s choreographic work has been
supported by Minnesota Dance Theatre, SPCPA, Zenon Dance Zone and many others.
“I love starting our year with Tapestries,” says Charles. “This program infuses the entire company
with new energy and ideas when we interact with the guest choreographers. Tapestries affords all
of us the opportunity to grow and connect in new and exciting ways.”
The guest choreographers will also teach Company Class, which is available and advertised to the
public. For more information on the Open Company Classes, go to www.threadsdance.org/open-
company-class/

About The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project


Threads Dance Project premiered its first show in April 2011, and is currently embarking on their
13th 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. The company
recently performed at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference & Festival in
Philadelphia, and will premiere a new work, commissioned by the Ordway, in St. Paul in November
2020.


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.