Category Archives: Past Event

Hand in Hand

Date: Thu, Dec 14 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can $5-$15
Ages: Ages 9+
Duration: 60 minutes, followed by discussion.

Hand in Hand
written and performed by Leslye Orr

First performed in 1982, Hand in Hand is a play in which audience members experience a heightened awareness of their own senses. They are seated in a spiral configuration, asked to close their eyes, and brought in touch with the world of Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, who was legally blind. A myriad of objects are passed around the spiral while actress Leslye Orr tells a riveting story inspired by the profound letters and witty lectures of the great educator and her spirited pupil. Orr, herself legally blind since birth, created Hand in Hand to share her belief in the “possibilities of disabilities.” Watch video

This workshop-performance has been presented for schools, colleges, at staff trainings for organizations such as Serve Minnesota (Americorps) and for human resources departments at places like the Walker Art Center and Carlson School of Management. In 2012, Leslye traveled to Lithuania, Latvia and Israel with Hand in Hand as a speaker and specialist for the U.S. State Department.

The Liminal Being

Date: Thu-Sat, Dec 7-9 at 7:30 pm & Sun, Dec 10 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: $15
Ages: Ages 16+
Duration: 60-75 mins.

The Liminal Being
written and performed by Mai Rose

A story of a woman who finds herself living a life, in and out of time. A weaving of fantasy and reality that invites the audience to consider their own truth and inspires them to author their own existence by finding beauty in the tragic and mundane.

Movie Night with CTI

Date/Time: Wed, Nov 29 at 6:00 pm
Tickets: Free
Ages: Recommended for All Ages
Duration: 90-120 minutes

Movie Night with CTI
presented by Compatible Technology International

Compatible Technology International presents a FREE screening of the movie Lamb, directed by Yared Zeleke. Lamb is a wonderful African made film about a little boy who wants to save his lamb from being sacrificed for a religious feast. Come watch this lovely film, and learn a little bit about what CTI does for smallholder farmers in Senegal and Malawi. Snacks and fun provided!


Nine Jewels: Stories of Wit and Wisdom from India

Dates: Fri, Dec 1 at 7:30 pm; Sat, Dec 2 at 11:00 am; Sun, Dec 3 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can $5-$15
Ages: Recommended for Ages 5+, all ages welcome
Duration: 45 minutes

Indian-born storyteller Zaraawar Mistry tells classic stories and animal fables of wit and wisdom from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture and history, and also test their puzzle solving skills. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute). The program has been performed in people’s homes, at libraries and schools, and at cultural centers such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Stories presented are best suited for children ages 5 and older and will include:
Akbar and Birbal
The Foxes and the Tiger (a folktale)
The Tortoise and the Geese (from the Panchatantra)
Nine Questions (an Akbar and Birbal story)

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Kala Vandanam: Dance Informance

Dates: Sat, Nov 18 at 2:00 pm & Sat, Dec 2 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can $5-$10
Ages: All ages
Duration: 60 minutes

Kala Vandanam presents
Dance InformanceInformal. Informational. Performance.
Bharatanatyam is a beautifully rich art form, but can be a little complex and overwhelming to understand at first. Let us help demystify it – Learn more at our “Dance Informance.” Try your hands, eyes and feet at some of the signature aspects of Bharatanatyam.

Sat, Nov 18 at 2:00 pm – “The Language of Rhythm”
Join us for our 3rd Informance of 2017! We will focus on the “Language of Rhythm” and how we utilize different aspects of rhythmic expression in Bharatanatyam.

Sat, Dec 2 at 7:00 pm – “The Language of Expression”
Join us for our FINAL Informance of 2017! We will focus on the “Language of Expression” and how the sophisticated vocabulary of Bharatanatyam allows us to convey any feeling, meaning or story.

About Kala Vandanam: Suchitra Sairam founded Kala Vandanam in 2002, with the vision of sharing the beauty and depth of Bharatanatyam, the oldest and most widely performed classical dance tradition of India, through education, outreach and performance. Learn more…

Suchitra Sairam (of Kala Vandanam) is the recipient of a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.