Performances

Threads 10th Anniversary Season

Awake. Alive. Anew

Remembering it now, 9/11 seemed to heighten the quiet undercurrent of nationalism, separatism and hatred that exists in America.  Instead, this dance film prompts us to ask if we can we resurrect a better way of being and living from the ashes of 9/11 without having to experience another horrific attack?  Can love emerge Out of the Ashes?

Karen L. Charles

Artistic & Executive Director

$20-30 fees included

Threads Dance Project emerges from the ashes of the pandemic to celebrate its 10th anniversary, premiering the film Out of the Ashes and new works by 2020 Tapestries Program choreographers: Gabby Abram, Jennifer Pray, and Elayna Waxse. Out of the Ashes honors those impacted by 9/11 and asks whether we can resurrect a better way of living. Threads emerges anew with this film, along with three live works premiered by Tapestries program choreographers.

When: Saturday November 6th at 7:30 pm and Sunday November 7th at 2 pm

Where: The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

In-person and live-stream ticket options available.

Thank you to all our individual and institutional donors!

Awake. Alive. Anew. is co-presented by The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and is sponsored in part by Best Buy, the McKnight Foundation, International Association for Blacks in Dance (IABD), and the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is also supported, in part, by the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Threads also is supported by the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund Phase 2, an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by an anonymous donor.

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