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    THANK YOU! for joining us at TWITCH

    We were pleased to present this work, along with our talented dance artists, as part of our ARTshare residency with the Southern Theater. Our 20 year celebration isn’t over yet! ARENA DANCES will be closing out our anniversary season with ANTHEM at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Friday, November 11th. We have a great series of work lined up […]

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    Audition- MAY 14

    Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES is seeking both male and female dancers with excellent technique in ballet and modern dance for immediate and future ARENA performances. Saturday, May 14: 12:30-3:30 Studio 2b at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts The audition will begin with class lead by Mathew Janczewski and then move into […]

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    INSTINCT June 13-17, 2016

    Join ARENA DANCES for a week of classes and repertory opportunities taught by founder and artistic director, Mathew Janczewski. Targeted for the high intermediate to advanced level dancer, participating artists will observe their process of dancing from their instincts with imagination, physical idiosyncrasies and kinetic response. Observations and discussions about the many ways of working […]


Founded in 1995 ARENA DANCES creates and performs original modern dance choreography promoting community gathering, dialogue and impact.

ARENA DANCES is a modern dance company performing the work of Mathew Janczewski. The work is abstract in form, giving shape to emotions, exploring the depths and the limits of what drives us as humans to connect, to break away, to survive. Just as our emotions can veer wildly, ARENA incorporates a highly kinetic style of movement, a sweeping physicality that takes in a broad range of feelings and the posturings we may make to protect ourselves in the world. The work springs first from Mathew’s own experiences; then, through the movement and structure, ARENA seeks to find a form to give those experiences both truth and commonality.

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