As summer comes to an end, performing arts venues are revving up their calendars. September has lots to offer – here are just some of this month’s highlights.
Ananya Dance Theatre presents Tushaanal: Fires of Dry Grass
Sept 8 – 11 at the Southern Theater
Why you should go: Ananya Chatterjea and her dancers are out to change the world, with performances that take on environmental destruction and social injustices.
Sept 22 – 25 at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts
Why you should go: Ragamala Dance earned a rave review from the New York Times earlier this year, and its founder Ranee Ramaswamy was named 2011 Distinguished Artist by the McKnight Foundation, a high honor in the Minnesota arts scene. Plus their the first dance company to perform at the brand new Cowles Center.
Sept 6 and 7 at the Orpheum
Why you should go: Well, since the shows are basically sold out, you’re going because you were lucky enough to get a ticket.
Sept 9 and 10 at the Ordway
Why you should go: The SPCO opens its new season with a program that features Haydn, Bach, Brahms and a new work by hot composer Nico Muhly.
Sat Sept 17 at Orchestra Hall
Why you should go: Smart and fun pop star accompanied by a world-class “back-up band.”
Sept 30 and Oct 1 at the Dakota
Why you should go: Local girl with nationally recognized musical talent performs in an intimate setting with amazing food.
Sept 16 – Oct 9 at Mixed Blood Theatre
Why you should go: A strong cast takes on a surreal production about “post-race America.” Plus, it’s free!
Sept 24 – Nov 6 at the Guthrie Theater
Why you should go: Director Marcela Lorca stunned audiences a couple of years ago with “Caroline, or Change.” This new work based on a Greek tragedy – with original music by J.D. Steele – has all the makings of another powerful drama.
Sept 27 – Dec 4 at Children’s Theatre Company
Why you should go: The CTC takes on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic sci-fi fantasy.
Sept 29 – Oct 30 at Penumbra Theatre
Why you should go: Simply put, any August Wilson play directed by Lou Bellamy is worth seeing.