Threads Dance Project:

Tapestries 7.0

Threads Dance Project’s founder Karen L. Charles wanted to support the next generation of choreographers. As an African-American woman, Karen sought to use the success of her own company and its connection to the performing arts community, to do whatever possible to support choreographers struggling to have their creative voices shared with audiences.  Thus, the Tapestries program was launched.

Tapestries is an annual program that serves emerging choreographers who are in need of production and creative support to further their careers. The program boasts a key focus on women and artists of color—reserving the majority of its coveted program slots for artists representing these populations.  Threads’ Tapestries program is now one of nine organizations recognized and partially funded by the Jerome Foundation as a vital supporter of emerging dance artists.

Threads Dance Project is excited to present this year’s three emerging choreographers commissioned as part of its Tapestries Choreography Program. Each of the female-identifying choreographers–Erinn Liebhard, Brenna Mosser, and Julie Warder – will set entirely new works on the company with themes ranging from greatness, extinction and hope. The unique and poignant perspectives offered by these pieces will be rounded out by excerpts from Artistic/Executive Director, Karen L. Charles’, “Uncertain Reality.” Though originally choreographed in 2017, this work seems to resonate with its exploration of how chaos manifests in our society.

TEK Box Theater at The Cowles Center
May 5th & 6th 7:30pm, May 7th 2:00pm

Adult, In-person: $30 w/fees
Friday: Pay As You Are
(tickets starting at $10)

Tapestries 7.0 is sponsored in part by The McKnight Foundation and The Jerome Foundation.

Watch Karen’s 10th Anniversary Picks!

Every month from March through December 2021, Threads Dance Project will release some of Artistic Director Karen’s 10th Anniversary Picks. Pay-as-able in multiples of 10; from $1, $10, $100, or even $1,000 to view 10 years of Karen’s selected works!

August’s pick is Be Still Standing (2017) by McKnight Internation Choreographer, Salia Sanou.

Each release will be 20 – 30 minutes in length. Once registered, you will receive a private link and password that will allow you to view these works from August 16-29, 2021.

Don’t miss out on these works that started it all – Threads Dance Project!

What Karen says about this month’s picks:

“This piece was selected because of the significance of the choreographer. threads was selected to host the McKnight International Choreographer, Salia Sanou, who created the work. This is what he said about the piece: ‘Today, segregation remains a social reality, as can be seen by police violence, re-emerging neo-Nazi groups, and an administration that threatens the rights and the expression of differences, mainly racial ones. For younger generations in particular, artists must raise awareness and draw attention to those issues.’

– Karen L. Charles, Artistic Director