Fall 2021 Theatre Arts & Dance Season

Pippin 2019 Dancer
Pippin, Photo by Dan Norman (2019)

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance announces its 2021 fall season: Return, Restore, Renew. This season’s performances include mainstage productions, specialty productions, and an extensive studio series including Rarig Center, Barbara Barker Center for Dance, and site-specific productions.

This upcoming season is an exemplary example of how all of the programs within the department focus on creating, studying, and producing works of theatre and dance that educate our students and our diverse audiences about the performing arts and the social issues and human emotions that the arts speak to so powerfully.

She Kills Monster by Qui Nguyen

She Kills Monsters

Play by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson and Annie Enneking
Presented by BA Performance Program
Stoll Thrust Theatre
November 11 - 21, 2021
Buy tickets for "She Kills Monsters"

“She Kills Monsters” is a spirited comedy about finding your real and metaphorical families, as well as yourself, through Dungeons & Dragons. After the death of her sister Tilly, Ohio teenager Agnes embarked on a journey of discoveries and adventures in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. 


 “deceptively breezy and rather ingenious comedy”

Eric Grode, The New York Times 



JUNK By Ayad Akhtar 

Directed by Ansa Akyea
Presented by the Guthrie BFA Acting Second Year Company
Liu Stage in the Kilburn Arena Theatre
October 28-31, 2021

This event is free, reservations for JUNK are required.

Set in the high-flying, risk-seeking, teetering financial world of the 1980s and inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, this riveting story shows us from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered. 


“JUNK may be the best, most provocative play of the year. Smashingly entertaining!"

Star Ledger, November 2, 2017


Alchemy of Desires/Dead-Man's Blues

Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues 

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Caridad Svich  
Directed by Shae Palic
Presented by the Guthrie BFA Acting Second Year Company
Liu Stage in the Kilburn Arena Theatre
October 28 - 31, 2021

This event is free, reservations for Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues are required.

Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s Blues explores the question of how we cope with incalculable loss. In this play, a young woman is haunted by the death of her husband in an unnamed war. She is lost in a swamp of grief and longing. The women of her community struggle to sweep her back into the land of the living with earth magic, songs, and buckets of fried chicken.



BRKFST Dance Company

Reimagining an excerpt of Seconds
Performed by University Dance Students

This event is free, registrations for BRKFST Dance Company are required. 

BRKFST Dance Company founded in 2014, is based in Saint Paul/Minneapolis, MN. As a collaborative ensemble, BRKFST creates thoughtful, dynamic, introspective works combining highly physical breaking movement and contemporary dance vernacular to expand awareness on topics that address marginalized and underserved populations: the working class, queer identity, BIPOC identity, and their personal relationships to this country. BRKFST Dance Company articulates the lived experience of diverse and contemporary artists, contests society’s expectations of their chosen form by placing breaking in unconventional environments, and complicates the medium of dance itself by incorporating abstract, narrative, and pedestrian movement into their impressive, rigorous, physically virtuosic compositions.

This program is made possible by The Sage Cowles Land Grant Chair /Cowles Visiting Artist Residency Program. 



University Dance Theatre Fall Performance

Featuring the choreography Souleymane Badolo “Home” and BRKFST Dance Company “Seconds” Directed by Erin Thompson and Laura Selle Virtucio. Performed by University of Minnesota Dance Major Students


Premiere of two new Dance films created spring 2021 with Professor Ananya Chatterjea “The Tumeric from My Hands Will Stain Your Snow” and Brother(hood) Dance! - Orlando Zane Hunter Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine - “Stewards of the New Future”
Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100
December 3 - 5, 2021

Buy tickets for University Dance Theatre Fall Performance

The University of Minnesota Dance Program presents its annual Fall concert, featuring fresh talent illuminating our dance program’s mission to promote contemporary dance in a global context. This year the concert will consist of two restagings by choreographers Souleymane Badolo and BRKFST. Artistic residencies are supported by the Sage Cowles Land Grant Guest Artist Endowment. For those interested in dance at the University of Minnesota, this is the event you won’t want to miss!

Since 1987, through the generosity of Sage and John Cowles, University of Minnesota Dance has annually hosted four to six dance professionals of international renown in residencies ranging from one to ten weeks. The guests teach, choreograph new dance work, rehearse repertory, and lecture in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, and the Twin Cities community at large.


More information

For more information on performances, press inquiries, or general production information please contact Qiuxia Welch at huxx0071@umn.edu or (612) 625-5380.

For information on our curriculum and degree programs, visit TheatreDance.umn.edu or call 612-625-6699 (Theatre Arts) or 612-624-5060 (Dance). 

Health & Safety

We are excited to resume in-person performances for our 2021–2022 Season. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, artists, audiences and guests continues to be our top priority. The policies outlined below are subject to change based on evolving University of Minnesota, city, state and CDC guidelines and will remain in effect until further notice. 

Performances will be sold to 50% capacity without social distancing. Masks are required for all ticket holders regardless of vaccination status. Mask has to securely cover the nose and mouth (no bandanas or neck gaiters). With the approval of the University Health & Safety, performers on stage will be unmasked. 

Ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted. Please stay home if you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or don’t meet the requirements outlined above. You may call the Northrop Box Office at 612-624-2345 or Email: umntix@umn.edu to exchange your tickets or request a refund.


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