Art Hounds: ReelAbilities, Katha Dance, and a painful family reunion

This week, dancers moving to a mix of old and still older traditions, a film fest that illuminates the lives of people with disabilities, and a play about how childhood memories cloud the future of a family.

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susana di palmaZorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre founder Susana Di Palma is headed to O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul this weekend to see a new work by a local company she’s long admired, Katha Dance Theatre. “Karna the Abandoned Hero,” reworks an epic Indian story while incorporating Kathak choreography and gospel singing. Nov. 1 and 2.

liz bucheitLanesboro, Minn., jewelry designer and goldsmith Liz Bucheit predicts that people who see “The Memory of Water” at the Commonweal Theatre will recognize some aspect of their family in the story line. It’s about three sisters who reunite at their mother’s funeral and struggle to create a stronger bond as siblings and a collective memory of their childhood.

Video producer and filmmaker Joe Harewicz says the ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival attempts to change the way we perceive people with disabilities. It’s a collection of American and foreign films about the lives of the disabled that’s been touring the country.  It’s at St. Anthony Main theaters in Minneapolis from Nov. 1 – 5.


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