Threads Dance Project concludes its 11th year with the commissioned premiere of Abolition in Evolution (Part 1) as part of the Cowles Center Fall Forward Festival Week 2. Choreographer Karen Charles explores the potentialities of a new embodied abolitionist movement and the idea that one person one act can change things for the common good. If abolition can be defined as radical imagining, where would that radical imagining take us and how do we manifest that place physically? What would be eradicated if we could all move towards instead of away from one another?

An encore performance of Abolition in Evolution (Part 1) will be part of a longer program at the Bloomington Center for the Arts that includes Threads repertory that further asks us to reflect on how we can move towards a new abolitionist movement to eradicate the ills that prevent us from fully realizing our humanity.

Fall Forward Festival–Week 2
Nov. 5, 7:30 pm & Nov. 6, 2 pm

Adult, In-person: $30 w/fees
Livestream: Pay As You Are
(tickets starting at $5)

Nov. 17 & Nov. 18, 7:30 pm

General Admission: $28 w/fees



Abolition in Evolution is sponsored in part by The Cowles Center, the McKnight Foundation, and the International Association for Blacks in Dance (IABD).

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