Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) will be in residence in Lanesboro from Jan. 21 through Jan. 28 through the support of an arts tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The residency will engage community members at the Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro Public Schools and Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield in SPDT’s nationally recognized Arts & Healthcare and Arts & Education programs.

SPDT will conclude its residency with public performances at the Commonweal Theatre on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

SPDT will perform three critically acclaimed works: “At it Again” (2013), “Bohemian Grove” (2014) and “Tales from the Book of Longing” (2009).

“At it Again” is dance-theater artist Stuart Pimsler’s theatrical homage to legendary Jewish-American author Philip Roth. Constructed as a conversation with Roth, Pimsler explores his own complicated attraction to the author’s work while commenting on Roth’s controversial history and place in American culture.  

“Bohemian Grove” takes its title from the campground in northern California where leaders of wealth and power from around the world have gathered for over 100 years. Through a montage of statuesque movement, animal imagery, and probing monologues, “Bohemian Grove” provides a searing glimpse into the world of the “superclass.”     

“Tales from the Book of Longing” is a signature SPDT work, originally premiered at the Guthrie Theater, which explores the complexity of relationships and the desire for connection.  

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, since its founding in New York City in 1979, has engaged populations worldwide through its performance works and community inclusive programs.

SPDT’s interdisciplinary vision weaves movement, spoken text, song and visual imagery that provokes and comments on the personal and political.

Artistic co-directors Suzanne Costello and Stuart Pimsler and their company of compelling artists continue to garner critical acclaim for their “theater for the heart and mind.” SPDT’s current and past company artists have been distinguished for their artistic excellence, garnering seven McKnight Fellowships and five Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance.  

SPDT’s Community Connections programs are significant components of the company’s mission and have been cited as a “National Model” by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and recognized for “Best Practices” by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 To learn more about SPDT, visit stuartpimsler.com.