Zenon Dance Company celebrates 30 years

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November 19, 2012 // UPDATED 5:59 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Minneapolis-based Zenon Dance Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a pair of weekend-long celebrations at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave. The first weekend celebrates works by a new generation of performers, while the second weekend is comprised of some favorite pieces from Zenon’s three-decade run.

The first set of performances, “Repertory by New Generation Choreographers,” runs Nov. 16–18 and includes the world premieres “HOTEL TANGO” by Mariusz Olszewski and “Hello, My Name is Catherine by Netta Yerushalmy,” as well as the pieces “Storm” by Daniel Charon and “Structures of Feeling” by Luciana Achugar. The second set, “Classic Zenon Repertory,” runs Nov. 23–25 and includes “HOTEL TANGO,” “Blessings of the Earth” by Wynn Fricke, “Corrosion” by Johannes Wieland and “Elegant Echoes” by Danny Buraczeski. Tickets are $34 for one weekend or $54 for both weekends and are available through the Cowles Center’s website. 

Zenon’s founding artistic director Linda Andrews said Zenon was born in 1982 when she combined the most talented dancers in two separate dance groups into a new organization focused on modern dance.

“I felt like there was a need for a professional level modern dance company that brought in interesting chorographers, which wasn’t really being done here at the time,” she said. “For me, it was always about artistic excellence and trying to develop the highest quality dance company I could in the Twin Cities.”

Andrews said in Zenon’s early days, many shows were presented in a downtown warehouse. Only recently did the company find a true home in the Cowles Center, and over the years she has watched the local dance community grow ever stronger. As the community has grown, so too has Zenon Dance Company. 

“I have the same artistic vision that I’ve always had for the company,” said Andrews. “It’s just gotten bigger and expanded and has a lot more layers.”

The most rewarding element of Zenon’s 30 years, said Andrews, has been watching three decades of dancers grow with the company. “The dancers are what brings the repertory alive,” she said. “That’s been a wonderful experience, helping these dancers develop their careers.” 

For more information on Zenon Dance Company’s 30th anniversary performances or to purchase tickets, visit thecowlescenter.org.