Stories of women and men, themes of intelligence and emotion, choreography of incisive movement and telling gestures are signatures of the Minneapolis-based Shapiro & Smith Dance.
Founded in New York in 1985 by life partners Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith, the company (which moved to Minnesota in the 1990s) has forged on since Shapiro’s death in 2006 with work that resonates with the past and looks to the future.
This weekend’s program includes a reworking of Shapiro’s “The Art of War,” now called “Bolero” and set to a hard-driving version of Ravel’s famous musical piece. As Smith explained in the press material: “Under my hand, the new ‘Bolero’ has completely changed, to the point where all that is the same is the music! But Danny’s fingerprints are everywhere.”
Also, “Betty’s House” is a sequel to one of the company’s best-known works, “George and Betty’s House” (originally danced by Shapiro and Smith). In the work, Smith reflects on a widowhood filled with pets, memories, creativity, dancers and endless housework.
Guest artists Carl Flink and Emile Plauche Flink, co-founders of the Minneapolis-based Black Label Movement, perform in “The Gist.” Guest artist Ananya Chatterjea, founder of Ananya Dance Theater, performs in the company’s reprise of “Medea Medea.” The program also includes the quartet “Moonlight.”
Shapiro & Smith Dance. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Southern Theater, Minneapolis. Tickets $22. 612-340-1725.