The reviews are in for Zenon Dance at the Cowles Center

Zenon Dance Company’s performance at the new Cowles Center drew three raves. While many dance concerts only run one weekend, this one continues November 25-27. Interested in seeing the show? Check out excerpts of the reviews below, or click on the links to read them in full.

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Zenon Dance Company performs STORM at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Photo by Michal Daniel

From Caroline Palmer at the Star Tribune:

The members of Zenon Dance Company have proven their versatility time and again, but the 29-year-old troupe’s season at the Cowles Center may be one of their most diverse and enjoyable yet. The program is filled with everything from fearless modern dance to cocktail-hour panache.

From Rob Hubbard at the Pioneer Press:

…this weekend’s program of four dances by one of the theater’s core tenants was well worth the wait.

On Saturday night, the dancers of Zenon presented an ideal showcase for their versatility, energy and sense of adventure. Launching the company’s Cowles tenure with two new works, another nearly as fresh, and a jazzy staple from its past, the troupe showed why it’s thrived through years of change on the local dance scene: It can be showy and circumspect, thought-provoking and pulse-quickening. As adept at intensity as it is at celebrating the pure joy of dance.

From Sheila Regan at City Pages:

The opening weekend included the premiere of two pieces by Daniel Charon and Mariusz Olszewski, as well as Morgan Thorson’s fabulous “Deluxe Edition” from 2010 and Danny Buraczeski’s fun “Swing Concerto” from 1993. While each of the choreographers showed off their unique style, they all espoused a sense of theatricality onto Zenon’s athletic dancers.

Artistic Director Linda Andrews was dressed for the occasion in a sparkly red dress, calling for her gigantic martini. Indeed, the whole evening had a sense of celebration. Zenon has found its new home at the Cowles, and they intend to make their mark there.

Zenon Dance Company performs at the Cowles Center November 25 – 27. Have you seen the show? If so, what did you think? Share your review in the comments section.

  • Joanna

    I’m a Zenon fan, and I enjoyed seeing the company in this new space. Having the chance to see all the dancers in four different pieces was a great experience; I felt as if I’d gotten to know each of them by the end. They were challenged by pieces that drew on different techniques and the performances were strong all-around. The ballroom piece (Pink Martini) used genuinely difficult Standard Latin Ballroom choreography as well as more modernBbroadway kinds of partnering. It was fun to see a modern dance company engage with a technique that might have been new for most, if not all, of them. They did a great job. I LOVED seeing both “Deluxe Edition” and “Swing Concerto” again. I couldn’t stay for the Q & A, but I’d love to know more about how the company likes performing in the new dance space.