Choreography in ruins

A gallery at the Weisman Art Museum was transformed into a dance venue a couple of summers ago when dancer Morgan Thorson staged “Still Life.” An act of startling endurance, each performance unfolded over the course of five hours, with a rotating cast performing the show multiple times per week. The choreography itself employed patterns and repetition — with the occasional touch of spontaneity and improvisation — as a metaphor for decay. And now Thorson has adapted the piece for a new setting. “Still Life for the Cowles Center” envisions the Hennepin Avenue venue as a ruin, as an abandoned proscenium theater. Audience members are seated onstage while dancers freely move about the house for this intimate 90-minute experience. (7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $25, 612-206-3636, thecowlescenter.org.)

Sheila Regan