TU Dance
November 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
November 20, 2016 - 2:00pm
TU Dance
Photo credit: Michael Slobodian ©
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 2:00pm


Since the company’s founding in 2004, the work of Saint-Paul-based TU Dance has often navigated complex themes of social change.  Join us at The O’Shaughnessy in Saint Paul, as TU Dance opens its 13th performance season with an evening of choreographic responses to contemporary tensions of race, culture and identity. 

Two world premiere works are featured on this very special program:  New York choreographer Francesca Harper’s commissioned world premiere In Witnessing examines our current state of justice and humanity-- how does the human body respond to injustice and violence?  How we empathize? How do we heal? In movement inspired by inclusivity and love, In Witnessing features the full company and a guest appearance by Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands. Choreographer Uri Sands premieres Matter, a work created in collaboration with TU Dance company members to address recent local and national tragedies involving racial bias and profiling. 

Also on the program is a reprise of Sands’ Tearing (2005), originally commissioned through the Princess Grace Fellowship in Choreography and inspired by the emergence of ribbon campaigns. Tearing uncovers how communities come together in expressions of grief and celebration.

What:    World Premieres of In Witnessing and Matter, plus Tearing
Who:     TU Dance
Where:  The O'Shaughnessy
Cost:     $34.00/$29.00/$24.00 (additional fees may apply) Discounts for Students, Seniors, St. Kate Faculty, Staff & Alumnae, MPR/TPT Members, and Military personnel available.