We are glad to offer online/ on-demand access to The Cohort 2022: Stage, the fourteenth installment of our beloved annual Summer Program featuring multiple choreographers that took place live 8/11-8/13 at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis.
- WHAT: Online streaming of The Cohort 2022: Stage
- TICKETS: $25.00 per household, available for purchase HERE NOW!
- HOW TO WATCH: Simply purchase a ticket and a streaming link (along with a link to program information) will be emailed to you by August 25th if purchased before then, or between then and August 31st if purchased during that time. The show will be available to watch online between August 25-31 ONLY.
Tickets to the live version of this show were priced at $18.00-$24.00 per person: if you are able and would like to support beyond the $25.00 per family streaming price, we welcome and appreciate your donations, as they help us keep ticket prices accessible and offer competitive compensation to artists. To donate easily and securely online, visit our GiveMN page.
Thank you for your interest in this option for experiencing this show!
MORE ON The Cohort 2022: Stage:
Following ten years of annually presenting dance works by eight to nine mostly-local artists and their varied casts of performers, 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. While The Cohort 2020 becoming The Cohort 20/21 and being performed outdoors in May 2021 was exciting and innovative, we were glad to return to our home of many Summers, The Southern Theater.
The Cohort 2022: Stage features new works by local dance artists Erinn Liebhard (RS Artistic Director) and Rae Charles (RS Company Member), and remounted works by visitors Kathleen Doherty (Halifax, NS Canada) and Laura Ann Smyth (Los Angeles, CA). Liebhard’s new work An Opening is a musing on the synergy of keeping it together and breaking apart, and Charles’ new piece Learn.Leave.Love. uses the metaphor of falling in love to explore how we come to understand ourselves and one another. Visitor Kathleen Doherty is remounting her work BASSline, which takes inspiration from how prominent basslines within music influence movement choices, rhythmic timing and shapes in the dancers’ bodies, and visitor Laura Ann Smyth is setting her work Character A/Musings, using the jazz idiom to consider the way in which we invent and reinvent ourselves throughout our lifetime. For more on these artists, continue reading!
Rae Charles Harge (Local)
Rae is a local choreographer, scholar, and dance educator in the Twin Cities. Currently working on a PhD in Dance Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is dedicated to advocating for racial equity both on the stage and in the classroom. Charles Harge is a graduate of MSSPA/PiM, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Michigan. She locates her own choreography at the intersection of jazz and modern and is greatly influenced by her work with artists and companies in New York as well as Minnesota including Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Maria Bauman or Urban Bush Women, MBDance, Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Ron K. Brown, Karen L. Charles/Threads Dance Project, David Dorfman, Alonzo King, Rhythmically Speaking, Sydney Skybetter, and Kate Weare. Photo credit: Chelsea Rowe.
Kathleen Doherty (Visiting – Halifax, Canada)
Kathleen Doherty (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, improviser and educator based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. After completing her Bachelor’s of Commerce degree at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Kathleen moved to Calgary to attend Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program. Upon returning to Halifax in 2012, Kathleen co-founded Votive Dance, and has worked as Artistic Director since the company’s inception. Kathleen enjoys sharing her passion for jazz dance as an instructor at The Maritime Conservatory, and Halifax Dance, and by hosting classes and workshops for the professional community. She will be creating a new full length jazz work with Votive Dance in 2022, and is so excited to work with the incredible like-minded jazz folks at Rhythmically Speaking. Kathleen is proud to be a working artist mom to her 3 year old son, Cillian. Photo credit: Movita Beaucoup Photography.
Laura Ann Smyth (Visiting – Los Angeles, California)
Laura Ann Smyth, originally from Canada, is a Los Angeles-based dancer, choreographer and educator. Smyth holds a BA in sociology with a minor in dance from the University of Calgary, a MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine and is currently a PhD Candidate in dance at Texas Woman’s University. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of Black jazz-informed dance practices and embodied rhetoric. Smyth is a member of Donna Sternberg and Dancers, JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and is a full-time faculty member at Loyola Marymount University. Spirited and inclusive in her approach to the dissemination of Black dance culture and practices, Smyth is grateful and humbled by any opportunity to engage in the gift that is dance. Photo Credit: Tiffanie Marie.
These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.