Spotlights: Theater of Public Policy, and dance

  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 2:16 PM
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Theater of Public Policy performers recently interviewed Minneapolis mayoral candidates and presented an improv performance based on the discussions.

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TU DANCE

Friday-Sunday: Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands founded TU Dance 10 years ago and in the time since they have not only established their troupe as one to watch on a national level but the dynamic duo have also opened a lively school and training center in St. Paul. This weekend they visit the Cowles Center in Minneapolis with world premieres by New York-based choreographers Dwight Rhoden (Complexions Contemporary Ballet) and Gregory Dolbashian (Dash Ensemble) plus the Minnesota premiere of an Alonzo King duet. The program will also feature works from the inimitable Sage Award-winner Sands. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $30-$32, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-206-3600 or thecowlescenter.org.)

CAROLINE PALMER

 

JAWAAHIR DANCE

Through Nov. 24: Cassandra Shore’s Jawaahir Dance Company honors film and stage star Warda al-Jazeera in the full-evening work “Arabian Bouquet.” Known as the “Algerian Rose,” the late chanteuse is still revered throughout the Middle East, and during the show Lebanese singer Maysaa Karaa will perform her songs live, accompanied by the Georges Lammam Ensemble. Shore’s choreography features movement styles and influences spanning from North Africa to Central Asia, enhanced by spectacular costumes and a strong commitment to authenticity. (8 p.m. Fri..-Sat.,$15-$29, Nov. 20, pay-as-able, ends Nov. 24, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls., 612-436-1129, ritz-theater.org.)

CAROLINE PALMER

 

THEATER OF PUBLIC POLICY

Monday: This troupe is aces at making the wonky wacky. Imagine CSPAN being suddenly swarmed by the cast of SNL (when they’re actually funny) and you’ve got the Theater of Public Policy. They recently got six Minneapolis mayoral candidates, including winner Betsy Hodges, to submit to their routine, which consists of serious info followed by quickly improvised riffs on said info. Lather, rinse and repeat. This week’s theme is climate change, with guest Paul Huttner, chief meteorologist for MPR. The League of Women Voters co-hosts. (6:30 p.m., Huge Theater, 3037 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., $5, www.T2P2.net.)

KRISTIN TILLOTSON

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