Eclectic Edge Ensemble

"Foot Flight by Night," a dance adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," has been about 16 years in the making. Choreographer Karis Sloss first tackled the material as a University of Minnesota student. The piece informed her theatrical jazz style, which became a staple for Eclectic Edge Ensemble. "I knew that one day I wanted to return to 'Foot Flight' and re-imagine it," she said. She's joined by four composers — Richard Sloss, Brian Just, Nathaniel Kling and Reese Kling, each focusing on a specific group of characters, a location or the spells themselves. EEE offers a preview of the work, which includes dance styles ranging from jazz to ballet to modern, with dialogue for comic relief. (7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Free-$24. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-236-1811,

Off-Leash Area

We live in an age where real-life horrors have become so common that rather than shock us, these incidents can engulf us in a wave of perpetual grief. In "AfterWind," the performance company Off-Leash Area dives into the midst of this violence, exploring the events following a large-scale terrorist attack, when death acts as a fickle god, randomly choosing its victims while the survivors are left to witness the carnage. Co-directors Paul Herwig and Jennifer Ilse call the piece a "360-degree art and dance installation," employing Herwig's immersive art design and Ilse's acrobatic modern dance vocabulary. Both will perform, as well, along with local dancers Kaori Kenmotsu, Jesse Neumann-Peterson and Darrius Strong. (8 p.m. Thu.-Sun. $10-$30 suggested. Ends July 31. Savage Umbrella's Space, 550 Vandalia St., Studio 306, St. Paul.