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    Sneak Peek – Picturing That Day/Candy Box

    Photo by dancer, Timmy Wagner Dancers: Sarah Baumert and Elise Erickson Just a little preview of the look of our new quartet commissioned by the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation. Here we are in rehearsal at the very first Everwood Farmstead’s Artist Residency this past August getting to wear the costumes by Jay Nelson of Perfect […]

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    Advanced Modern Class EVERY Saturday with Mathew

    11:00am – 12:30pm The Cowles Center 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 $15 drop-ins.   Janczewski’s classes will explore qualities of release and off-balance dancing with the use of gravity, spiral and momentum-exploring qualities of stillness, explosion, and visceral exploration. Spatial awareness is heightened while accessing movement that is both  powerful and vigorous. For further […]

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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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