This Minneapolis-based performance collaborative has been working on a series of solo performances with some of the Twin Cities' most fascinating dance and performance artists as part of a project called "People I Know." This week they're rolling out three more solos, with dance maker Deborah Jinza Thayer, dancer/educator Derek Phillips (pictured) and musician/performance artist Venus DeMars. Supergroup (made up of Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson and Jeffrey Wells) plans to use material developed through the creation of these solos for a final piece in November at Red Eye, so this offers a kind of sneak peek into their process. Angharad Davies, Laryssa Husiak and Jeffrey Lusiak also will present work. (7 p.m. Fri., Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls., $10-$15, 612-825-8949,


Dance can be much more than bodies moving to the beat of music. It brings people together, provides hope in times of fear, and joy amid sorrow. In a new work called "Kurugu: A Joyful Expression of Strength in Community," people ravaged by war find strength through the spiritual release and power of dance. The work of Ghanaian dancer and choreographer Fatawu Sayibu, the piece is a part of "Tiyumba," featuring 22 dancers and drummers performing in the West African tradition. (7 p.m. Sat., Jefferson Community School Theatre, 1200 W. 26th St., Mpls., $12-$15, $5 for ages 15 and under,