Our Winter show generally features our company of dancers performing new and revisited works by RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard, and often features live music created and performed by local collaborators. Read on for more about what this program has looked like in the past and what it might look like in the future!
Rhythmically Speaking presents . . .
| RADIOBODY |
(Radiohead album artwork by Stanley Donwood)
Our first of two planned 2020/2021 season shows, RadioBody will feature one tune from each major Radiohead album, played live by a jazz combo fronted by Mike Lauer and danced by RS dancers, with visual projections designed by Dawn Schot. While the live show for this project is postponed to February 2022 at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, we are in the process of creating a screendance iteration of it for release in February 2021!
PAST WINTER SHOWS
Rhythmically Speaking presents . . .
| CHILL: The Entire “Charlie Brown Christmas” Soundtrack, Played Live and Danced! |
Photo by Jillian Bell, design by Jaime Willems, video by Ben McGinley
Crowd favorite CHILL returned to the Amsterdam Bar & Hall December 2019.
As audience favorite CHILL has run in St. Paul, MN for three winters in a row, we are working on touring it to new communities in the future! Originally pursuing touring in December 2020, we have decided to aim for a December 2021 tour due to Covid-19 concerns.
As the weather chills, our dancers will chill into choreography and improvisations set to the groovy jazz tunes of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic “Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack, played live by a quartet of excellent local musicians! This show expands on Rhythmically Speaking’s original production from last December. If you saw it last year, join us again. If you missed it, now you get another chance!
Come have a meal before the show or a drink while you enjoy it, and feel free to bring kiddos – folks 12 and under are free! Join us to experience this unique live holiday music and dance show: seating is first come, first served, so come early!
The 2018 and 2019 shows were supported, in part, by the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program via St. Paul Cultural Star Grant Funding.
Erinn Liebhard (Producer, Choreographer & Dancer)
Erinn is a dance artist (MFA University of Colorado Boulder, BFA University of Minnesota) making opportunities for people to experience the reflective and connective power of groove through performance and education. Having grown up dancing socially at her dad’s rock band’s gigs, she discovered at a young age the exhilaration of playfully experiencing groove alongside others. Guided by this inspiration and a fondness for jazz and American social dance ideas and their shared elements of groove, interaction and improvisation, she’s worked with creatives as varied as hip-hop dance theater artists Rennie Harris and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company. In performance, Erinn makes and performs new staged works and presents those of others through Rhythmically Speaking, is a member of Afro-Brazilian company Contempo Physical Dance and performs as self-created character entertainer “Nerdette” for Saint Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team. In education, she is an active jazz dance residency artist in higher education and for professional dance companies, works on the Teaching Artist roster for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and is faculty at Zenon Dance Company & School. She is also an active writer and conference presenter. She’s driven to help connect people to themselves, one another and the moment through rooted and innovative embodiment of groove.
Amy Jones (Dancer)
Amy graduated with a degree in Theater/ Dance from Luther College and has performed concert and commercial contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and ballet in NYC and Minneapolis. She is also a pilates and aerial fitness instructor.
Bob DeBoer (trumpet)
Bob has been playing trumpet and singing around town for almost two decades, beginning with the groove improv group GST in 2001, whose “punk rock for grown-ups” approach to jazz gained them a following in the mid-2000’s and regular play on The Current (89.3) in its early days. Bob has played with Eleganza, Chooglin’ and Minneapolis Free Music Society. Currently, Bob plays with BrassZilla, The Silverteens and GST while exploring cross-disciplinary jazz explorations in dance, spoken word and environmental sound installations.
Brad Erickson (caricature artist)
Brad Erickson majored in Theater and Art at Concordia College, then spent the next ten years living in Arizona and California, painting, performing, and working as a tour guide for the world famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. Since moving back to Minnesota, he’s performed with the MN Fringe Festival, Saint Paul Saints, and this past summer, he traveled with the Stillwater Area High School to Edinburgh, Scotland for the international Festival Fringe as they performed Hamluke, his Star Wars inspired version of Hamlet.
Danny Sigelman (drummer)
Danny is a musician, DJ, writer and visual artist with a long history working in the Twin Cities music scene. As a radio DJ he’s been a part of Radio K, KFAI, 89.3 The Current and once served a stint abroad at China Radio International. An avid music promoter, he’s forged his experience working for Secret Stash Records and The Dakota Jazz Club and authored the books HEYDAY: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis and Prince: Before the Rain for Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Clare Driscoll (Dancer)
Clare graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in dance. She has performed for Rhythmically Speaking, Anna Marie Shogren, Crissy Tolson and Nora Anderson. Clare makes and performs work with Addison Reine, under the name, Bushertri. Outside of dance, Clare is an Assistant Manager of a CorePower Yoga location.
Crissy Tolson (Dancer)
Crissy has worked with numerous Twin Cities companies and artists such as Alternative Motion Project, Loom Lab, Borealis Dance, Pedro Pablo and Laura Selle Virtucio in addition to Rhythmically Speaking. She is also a founding member of Painting the Room, a Minneapolis based music/dance/text improvisation group. Her performance has been highlighted by the Star Tribune: “She commanded such presence…articulating emotions with precision…downright terrifying”. Off the stage, she has co-produced and directed three shows, “here i am” and “Duality” with Nora Anderson, and solo produced “It’s Happening Now,” which premiered at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2019. Crissy holds a BFA in Dance from George Mason University and recently went to Amsterdam to study improvisation composition under Katie Duck.
Doug Hooker (Dancer)
Doug graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Dance. He has had a variety of professional performing opportunities, including with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, the Broadway show Blast! and the Dancing People Company, and locally with ARENA DANCES, Threads Dance Project, Shapiro and Smith Dance and Collide Theatrical Dance Company.
John Surber (Dancer)
John Surber is a dance artist and teacher who graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Dance in May of 2017. John is trained primarily in Modern but also dabbles in the areas of Jazz and HipHop. John has performed with 16 Feet, Rhythmically Speaking, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Arbeit Opera Theatre, Kinetic Evolutions and Christopher Watson Dance Company (CWDC). John also teaches at Reflections Dance Academy in Shakopee.
Kathleen Pender (Dancer)
Kathleen graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in dance. In addition to her work with Rhythmically Speaking, she teaches for Northfield Arts Guild and Young Dance, and performs with April Sellers Dance Collective.
Mike Grogan (lighting design and technical direction)
Mike Grogan is an experienced and sought-after dance lighting designer and technical director in the Twin Cities and beyond. In addition to this work, he is the Technical Coordinator for the Dance Program at the University of Minnesota. This is his eighth Rhythmically Speaking show!
Mike Haselman (guitar)
As the grizzled veteran of the band, multi-instrumentalist (pedal steel and fiddle in addition to guitar) Mike is an inducted member of the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for his stint with the Deputy Dawg band in the ‘80s, and the Midwest Music Hall Of Fame for his time with the Nielsen White band in the ‘90s. Mike combines influences of rock, blues, jazz and country in his playing. He currently plays in a rock and soul duo with Kiara Conners called, appropriately, Chillin’ With The Cat.
Tony Watercott (bass)
Tony is a multi-bassist (electric, stand-up and tub) and illustrator (Spout Press). A mostly self-taught musician, Tony began his musical career in St. Cloud playing bass as a member of the band Vibes followed by the band Chic Pea and the Garbanzos. Later he and Greg Schaefer formed Minneapolis-based GST, an experimental rock/jazz band. In addition to Rhythmically Speaking, GST has collaborated with many poets and musicians.