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Call to Remember: Black Dance Improvisation Festival

Sat, Apr 29



Call to Remember: Black Dance Improvisation Festival

Envisioned by Leslie Parker, the Black Dance Improvisation Festival is a celebration and conjuring of ‘Black Space’, liberated creative space centering Black freedom and Black joy.

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Time & Location

Apr 29, 7:00 PM

Minneapolis, 711 W Lake St # 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA


Pangea World Theater, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Walker Art Center and Danspace Project have been collaborating to support visionary Black Dance Artist Leslie Parker as she builds a multi-year body of work titled Call to Remember.

As part of the collaboration, Pangea World Theatre and Pillsbury House + Theatre are partnering to present The Black Dance Improvisation Festival. The Black Dance Improvisation Festival stems from a 2022 series of Black Dance Improvisation workshops led by Leslie Parker, Marlies Yearby and Nia Love and honors the spirit of Arts Ancestor Laurie Carlos who fostered the development of countless artists and built community among artists and audiences through sharing food.

The Black Dance Improvisation Festival also advances Leslie Parker’s mission to celebrate and bring more artists into the practice of Black Dance Improvisation and to conjure ‘Black Space’, liberated creative space centering Black freedom and Black joy.

Dance artists Ashe Jaafaru, Ryan-Olivia Lundy, Tumelo Khupe, Jazz Casteneda, Arneshia Williams, and Imagine Joy were invited by Leslie and commissioned by Pillsbury and Pangea to create short solo works for the Festival. Queen Drea will DJ.

After catching the Black Dance Improvisation Festival at Pangea or PH+T, please join Leslie for the latest iteration of Call to Remember - Divination Tools: Imagine Home — premiering at the Walker Art Center May 11th - 13th 2023.

Join Pillsbury House + Theatre on April 28, 2023 for the first night of performances at 7 PM.

April 29, 2023, 7 PMDance improv solo performances will be presented at Pangea World Theater. For more information, please contact at Pangea World Theater for questions at 612-822-0015.

Tickets are pick-your-own-price $0-$35.

This is a masked event. 

Pangea World Theater Covid Statement 

Pangea World Theater’s COVID-19 Protocols are shaped foremost by the fact that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the Indigenous people, Black and Brown communities, and the most vulnerable members of our circle. The following protocols are crafted with the rigor needed to protect all our relations. Our protocols do not adhere to an industry standard set by institutions that try to balance human lives against profit margins.

 Please check in when you arrive. There you will find hand sanitizer and masks for your use. A HEPA air purifier will be in use throughout the event. 

Pangea World Theater requires you to wear a mask when attending our indoor gatherings and events. If you refuse to wear a mask you will be asked to leave.

If any participant is experiencing the following symptoms please stay home and get tested at the nearest testing site. All audience members will be asked the following:

Are you experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever (99.5+ measured or just feeling feverish)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nasal Congestion

 Thank you for protecting the most vulnerable members of our circle.

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