Current Season

7 dancers on stage surrounded in blue light, from fall 2013

Spring Dance Concert

2013 - 2014 Season Theme: Staging Histories
How does live performance enact concerts about power, place, forgetting and remembering? How does performance unmask the past in order to reveal the present? The 2013-14 season offerings display satire, hijinks, and choreographies against stasis in order to experience history as material for transformation.

Spring 2014 Productions


APRIL 25, 27 @ 7:00 PM AND APRIL 27 @ 2:00 PM

This concert features choreography by students in the dance program and campus dance groups.

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Fall 2013 Productions


NOVEMBER 22-23 AT 7:30 P.M. 
NOVEMBER 23 AT 2:00 P.M.

Macalester Dance faculty and students will present an evening of original choreography, joined by award-winning Brazilian choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos, artistic director of Contempo Physical Dance.  The concert features live musician Peter O'Gorman, Marc Anderson, Ahante Young, among others.

Senior directing Project: I/Macalester

October 11, 12 and 13 at 7:00 p.m. AND 9:00 P.M.

Alana Horton '14 directs.


NOVEMBER 7-9 AT 7:30 P.M. 
 NOVEMBER 9 AT 2:00 P.M.

by Nikolai Gogel, directed by Robert Rosen

Bob Rosen, one of the founders of Minneapolis's legendary Theatre de la Jeune Lune, directs Nikolai Gogel's hilarious 1826 farce The Government Inspector for Macalester's main stage in November. Rosen has taught his physical theatre training class, Physical Approaches, for three years at Macalester bringing a dimension to performance training that prepares actors and dancers for self-awareness and precision in their onstage work. Rosen will be training his cast in the zany world of Gogol's satiric imagination.

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February 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 PM and February 22 at 2:00 PM

by Bertolt Brecht

Fearing persecution, Brecht left Germany in 1933 and wroteThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in exile in 1941. The play is a savage comedy about Arturo Ui, a Chicago gangster who clearly resembles Adolf Hitler. As Ui (Alana Horton ‘14) and his associates Givola (Aubrey Rickle ‘14), Giri (John Stark ‘16) and Roma (Ryan Brownlow ‘14) threaten and manipulate their way into controlling the cauliflower trade of Chicago, their assent mirrors the real-life rise of the Third Reich and Hitler, Goebbels, Göring, and Röhm. Grim preoccupations of fascism, terror, and violence are thus shifted through a prism of comedy and gangsters in this highly satirical allegory. Performed continuously by Brecht’s company the “Berliner Ensemble” for the last 20 years, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui continues to prove its relevance as fringe groups continue to lust for power and powerful forces deal in corruption the world over.


APRIL 10, 11, 12 @ 7:30 PM AND APRIL 12 @ 2:00 PM

Limited Seating 
Please Arrive Early -- No Late Seating
by Suzan-Lori Parks

In the Blood, by Obie-award-winning American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, is directed by Theatre and Dance Prof. Harry Waters Jr. Parks’ 1999 play is a moving indictment of the cruelties of “public assistance,”focusing on the plight and pluck of one homeless woman and her children.

Strong Sexual Content -- No Children Under 16 Please.