The Cohort program is built to support and share different perspectives on and via the vibrancy of jazz and American social dance ideas by MN-local and visiting artists alike through both stage and screen works. Following ten years of annually presenting dance works by eight to nine mostly-local artists and their varied casts of performers each Summer, in 2019 we shifted to provide more in-depth support to fewer artists creating longer works, and a company of dancers to perform them. This new vision of the RS annual Summer production continues support of new work by local choreographers while providing opportunities for artists based outside of Minnesota to show their work here. In 2022, to support the flood of new creation in screendance prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic and incentivize jazz-inspired artists to create in this medium, we began working with curating partner Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (CO) and presenting partners the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and the Twin Cities Film Festival to develop a dance film component of the program. In 2023, we will continue our collaboration with Sans Souci to support and present both screen and stage works!
2022 marked our fourteenth year hosting a Summer program. The stage component of The Cohort 2022 ran August 11-13 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis and featured work by MN-based (local) artist Rae Charles Harge (also an RS company member) alongside RS A/ED Erinn Liebhard, and visiting artists Kathleen Doherty (Halifax, NS, Canada) and Laura Ann Smyth (Los Angeles, CA). The screen component, in partnership with Sans Souci, ran July 23rd at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop in Boulder, CO, and will run October 23rd at the Showplace Icon Theater Minneapolis at the Twin Cities Film Festival.