Susana di Palma of Zorongo Flamenco. (provided photo)

 

Park Square Theatre has saved the day for Zorongo Flamenco — one of several Twin Cities troupes that found themselves without a venue after Bedlam Lowertown closed Wednesday.

Zorongo now will perform “Los Caprichos,” inspired by the works of Goya, on Park Square’s large proscenium stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“It's at times like these I feel the most supported by my fellow artists," said Zorongo founder Susana di Palma.

Counting on the new Green Line to bring visitors, Bedlam Lowertown had operated for more than two years in the former Station 4 nightclub near St. Paul's Union Depot on 4th St., offering a mix of theater, music, dance and other performance.

"We were a real crossroads, bringing all kinds of artists and people together," said co-founder Maren Ward. The closure was blamed on crushing debt, which Ward pegged at $65,000.

Others who suddenly found themselves without a venue include rapper Carnage, whose Thursday show was cancelled; a show called "Hip Hop for the Hungry," and a theater collective called the Black Cat Society that was scheduled to present a play, August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” reset in America.

Eric Caranza, music and events booker for Bedlam, said that he tried to help acts find other venues. “We’ve been tying up loose ends and hoping that the people who had shows scheduled found some other way to make them happen,” he said.

Bedlam relocated to the Lowertown arts district after losing its space in Minneapolis' West Bank neighborhood in 2010. Rehabbing the St. Paul space cost more than $1 million.

Ward said that she was not sure what would become of Bedlam.

 “We could close down, or we could try to reorganize to find ways to continue serving artists,” she said. "There's a real need for what we offered, it's just that we did it with a flawed business model."

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