BLM in rehearsal; creating a new work and revisiting two classics.
‘TEAMWORK 2.0’ | 12th Annual MN Season
BLM will be holding their 12th annual Minnesota dance season in mid-May at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. The program will feature 1 premiere and 2 classic repertory pieces. Come see some veteran BLaM movers, a few sophomores and 4 fresh faces dance their hearts out.
The Swede Hollow Project
BLM and Sod House Theater, under Luverne Seifert & Darcey Engen, received a 2018 Knight Foundation challenge grant to create a site specific set in St. Paul’s Swede Hollow Park - examining the park’s history as a cite for Swedish immigration to Minnesota. The grant provided funding for the development of this project through September 2019. This collaboration conducted an initial performance workshop on the grounds of the American Swedish Institute in May 2018. This project is ongoing and will have it’s later stages in August-September of this year.
PSON Gala Performance
BLM will be the featured artist for the 2019 Physical Sciences Oncology Network’s Annual Meeting. During the days of September 18 & 19, BLM will be offering multiple bodystorming opportunities to the attendees of the conference. They will additionally be performing the evening of September 18.
BLM will be touring to Gainesville in mid-October for a residency at the University of Florida.
They’re being presented by the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to perform 2 shows on October 11: a student matinee and an open-to-the-public evening program. The week prior to the shows, they will be holding masterclasses on campus open to UF students and the gainesville community.
BLM starts their 2nd year as Dance Company-in-Residence at the Performing Institute of Minnesota
Formerly Main Street for the Performing Arts, The Performing Institute of Minnesota (PiM) opened their new doors of its arts high school and performance center in Eden Prairie, MN in August 2017. One of its first steps was to invite BLM in as its first ever dance company-in-residence! BLM has conducted numerous activities at PiM, including a spring performance, bodystorming workshops, choreographic collaborations and mock auditions.
The Moving Cell Project - Year 10
It’s hard to believe but BLM's pioneering collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde will enter it’s tenth year in 2019. The project is now funded in part by the National Cancer Institute and continues to offer bodystorming workshops in various venues from high schools to the MN State Fair. We continue to explore new ways for scientists and artists to conduct substantive research together.