Looking Back Leaping Forward

Young Dance Company Spring Concert

May 4 & 5, 2018

Looking Back, Leaping Forward, a 30th anniversary season to celebrate our past and propel us into a future that elevates social justice as a focus of our programming. Guided by guest artists Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Marcus Young, Marylee Hardenbergh, and H. Adam Harris, Young Dance will remount past repertory and create new dances that prod the intersection of dance and social justice. A season culminating performance at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis, May 4-6, 2018, will showcase choreography by guest artists, Young Dance Directors Justin Jones and Gretchen Pick, and youth company members.
Friday May 4, 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday May 5, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
2:00p Family Matinee Performance, geared towards families with young children.
Thursday May 3,  – School Matinee performances 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $4  All seats must be reserved in advance.
The performances are 1 hour in length
Bus funding available- Distributed on a first request basis
To reserve tickets call 612-423-3064 or email info@youngdance.org
7:30 p.m show on Saturday will be ASL interpreted and Audio-described. Contact Young Dance to request ASL interpretation or audio description at additional shows.
Location: Lab Theater, 700 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
To Purchase Tickets for May 4 & 5 Concerts: TICKETING THROUGH THE LAB THEATER ($15/Adult, $8 Student & Senior, 5yrs and Under Free)


2017- 18 Guest Artists

H. Adam Harris, a theater educator specializing in arts for social change, will provide a series of workshops throughout the year to activate dancers’ approach to creative processes, public performance and community activism. These workshops will inspire the dancers’ own choreography, as well as their contributions to the works of the professional artists.
Dr. Ananya Chatterjea will expand a dance she created with a small group of Young Dance company members in the fall of 2016. She introduced dancers to classical Indian dance techniques and related yoga and martial art forms and provided the context for ways women in South Asian cultures have historically used performance as a mode of public demonstration and consciousness raising. The percussive footwork, facial expressions, and strong stance of her movement style allowed dancers to find ways to embody anger, resistance and hope that were brimming over during the political and cultural turmoil of that time. Chatterjea will expand her dance to include the entire company and connect ways that dancers have witnessed or participated in public actions to the choreography through narrative and physical expression of complex emotions.

Marcus Young is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates work for stage and public realm that seeks tones of belonging and liberation. He will guide the dancers’ investigation in a creative process that seeks healing and reinvention on a personal and communal scale. Beginning with the dancers’ perspectives on the world right now, their fears and hopes, Mr. Young will work with dancers to develop an improvised score to follow what the body wants to do to find peace and freedom, as individuals and as a community. They will perform the improvisation at public demonstrations, chosen by the dancers, throughout the year. These performances will be documented and edited into a short video that will be incorporated into the live performance at the spring concert. Performing improvisation in dance requires deep listening, to oneself and to the group. Through rehearsals and performance, dancers will support each other and cultivate the courage to act powerfully and expressively in the world through art.

Marylee Hardenbergh, Director of Global Site Performance, creates site-specific performances that inspire audience and performers to experience their daily environments with renewed eyes and hearts. Ms. Hardenbergh will create a dance with Young Dance that raises awareness of local water issues through the universal language of dance. She will begin her process with an initial meeting to introduce dancers to the project and ask them to research local water issues and potential sites. At subsequent meetings dancers will share what they have learned and, with Ms. Hardenbergh, decide the project focus and choose a site pertaining to that issue. Rehearsals will begin in March. Ms. Hardenbergh utilizes Space Harmony, a method of dance learning that inspires movement creation, expands a dancer’s individual vocabulary, and unites an ensemble, emphasizing the value of individual commitment to a strong community action. The site-specific performance will take place in late April and an excerpt will be adapted to the stage for the 30th anniversary concert.