Dance troupe to be in NYM, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) will be in New York Mills next week, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, as part of a Minnesota State Arts Board "Arts on Tour" grant.

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) will be in New York Mills next week, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, as part of a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts on Tour” grant.

SPDT will be working closely with the Cultural Center in New York Mills and teaching a series of arts and education classes at New York Mills Elementary School. The company will also offer their nationally recognized Arts & Healthcare workshops to residents at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills and staff members at Perham Health.

Over the course of the residency, the company will work daily with the fourth grade class in New York Mills to teach movement classes and create an original piece that will be performed as part of the company’s culminating performance on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the New York Mills School Auditorium.

The company will also present their new work, “You & the Others,” along with their critically acclaimed work “Tales From the Book of Longing,” which weaves its way through a world of frayed relationships teetering on the edge of change. This performance is free and open to the public.

SPDT will also offer a free intergenerational workshop called Families in Motion, open to all area elementary families. This signature SPDT workshop is designed for a student to participate in with an adult family member, as an opportunity to have fun as a family. The Families in Motion workshop will be on Tuesday, September 29, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cultural Center. There is no fee for this workshop.


SPDT is an internationally-recognized performance company founded by Stuart Pimsler in 1979 and co-directed with Suzanne Costello beginning in 1984. In the U.S., SPDT has been presented in hundreds of cities across more than 30 states, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Civil Rights Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, among many others.

This past season SPDT was commissioned to create new works for Young Dance, James Madison University, University of Florida, University of Michigan, and St. Olaf College.

In the Twin Cities, SPDT has been commissioned and presented twice by the Guthrie Theater for The Ends of Love (2007) and Tales from the Book of Longing (2009). The company has been presented widely throughout Minnesota with ongoing partnerships in Rochester and Ely.

Internationally, the company has toured to Canada, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, Bermuda, China, and Mexico.

SPDT’s Community Connections programs are significant components of the company’s mission.

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