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    Tales From The Book Of Longing

    Premiered at the Guthrie Theater in 2009.
    Inspired by the poetry of Leonard Cohen and the music of Antony and the Johnsons, Tales from the Book of Longing unfolds in an episodic landscape of sinuous moments out of reach and quiet scenes of missed chances. This evening length work weaves its way through a world of frayed relationships teetering on the edge of change.
    Music: Antony and the Johnsons, Otis Redding, Carla Bruni, Anouar Brahem, Philip Glass, Henryk Gorecki, Ethel, Neverwas, Michelle Kinney, and Giya Kanchelli
    “when we say a work is ‘adult” we usually mean it contains nudity, or that it’s depressing. But Pimsler’s work is adult in another sense: full of the vivid and complex emotion of adult life”
    -Lightsey Darst (MN Artists)

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  • Bohemian Grove

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    Bohemian Grove takes its title from the campground in Northern California where leaders of wealth and power from around the world have gathered for over 100 years. Through a montage of statuesque movement, animal imagery, and probing monologues, Bohemian Grove provides a searing glimpse into the world of the “superclass.”
    “"Bohemian Grove is a work that on the one hand vilifies privilege and class, while inviting viewers to reconsider the depravity that is common to all of us"
    (V. Paul Virtucio).

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  • Type-A Romance

    Type-A Romance takes a witty look at love in the corporate world. This work was premiered in New York City in 1987.

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  • Ways To Be Hold

    Honored with a 2008 Minnesota SAGE Award for “Outstanding Choreography”, explores the dynamic of holding and being held filtered through a series of personal and global inquiries. The performers are caught between moments of tenderness and assault as they decide how to respond in dangerous times. Spoken word artist Tiyo Siyolo narrates this compelling work with courage, grace and a ferocious spirit.
    “Ways to Be Hold is a searing portrait of empowerment, fear and struggle set to elegiac music of Ross Edwards. An intensely fascinating and disturbing experience, it was danced with generous flair by the exceptional Pimsler Company.”
    - Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Production services courtesy of Paul Auguston, www.iDream.tv

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  • The Men from the Boys

    A comic/tragic exploration of male rituals and relationships. A contemporary gladiator confronts a figure of authority in a work with a most unexpected ending.
    “Pimsler fashions a pas de deux for the two men that blends wrestling take-down moves with pseudo-balletic lifts and turns, a brilliant…analogy.”
    -The Pittsburg Press

  • We, The Others

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    Written, directed, and choreographed by Artistic Co-Directors, Suzanne Costello and Stuart Pimsler, We, the Others focuses on the transformative nature of "otherness" and asks, "Can separation and opposition become a connecting place for finding beauty in difference?" We, the Others employs SPDT's signature wit and intellectual lens as it uncovers a world predicated on "roles" and identity. Music by Ppongjjack Band, Nico Muhly, su:m, Brian Evans, and Zach Mishkin. Music Editing by Chris Cunningham.
    “What could be a litany of the injustices underlying how people treat one another is actually far more poetic and watercolor-like in its approach. The work wends its way through stories about race, gender and privilege dynamics inspired by conversations among the eight company members.”
    -Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

  • Walking, Singing, and Other Habits

    Walking, Singing, and Other Habits focuses on the nature of distraction and happenstance – exploring everyday lives not in a grand narrative, but as a collection of smaller moments and realizations. Music by René Aubry with live score by Brian Evans.
    “this group of wise and witty performers, guided by Artistic Co-Director Pimsler, transformed their field of research into a sly accounting of human flaws and frailties.”
    - Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

  • The Ends Of Love

    The Ends of Love, which was commissioned and presented by the Guthrie and conceived, written and directed by Stuart Pimsler, offers an abridged history of love and relationships filtered through the wisdom and candor of a nine-year-old boy.
    Set in an imagistic world of emotional movement and intimate dialogues, The Ends of Love muses on love, lust and loss from youth to old age, while referencing works from Plato’s Symposium to Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love to Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The full-length performance features seven dancers and four musicians, including composer Michelle Kinney playing cello, as well as a lush film by Paul Augustin.
    “In this new theater and dance piece,”, “the work of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater can be passionate to the point of electrifying and at other times intimate, delicate and humorous. The subject matter of The Ends of Love is a perfect match for the virtuosities of this company.”
    - Michael Bigelow Dixon

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  • Total Surrender

    Total Surrender takes its title from a poem by Rumi while considering the possibility of a “mighty peace” rather than conflict. The first rehearsal for Total Surrender began on September 11, 2001 and evolved as a daily journal, chronicling Mr. Pimsler’s response to a changed world. The accompanying musical score, Peaceable Kingdom, was created by nationally recognized composer Ingram Marshall.
    “A work that grows more complex and profound with each viewing”
    -Star Tribune

    Zero Circle

    by Rumi (1207-1273)

    I. Be helpless, dumbfounded,
    Unable to say yes or no,
    Then a stretcher will come from grace
    to gather us up.
    II. We are all too dull-eyed to see that beauty.
    if we say we can we’re lying.
    That No will behead us.
    And shut tight our window onto spirit

    III. So let us rather not be sure of anything
    Beside ourselves, and only that, so
    Miraculous beings come running to help.

    IV. We shall be saying finally,
    With tremendous eloquence, Lead us
    When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
    We shall be a mighty kindness.

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  • Sentry

    SPDT’s original scenic designer and visual coordinator Ronald Aiji Kajiwara suggested the initial idea for this work. Aiji brought a photograph to our studio of a young, Lebanese soldier who lay wounded in a hospital bed. Most of the photo was black and white but behind the young man was a window stuffed with pastel colored sandbags. The beauty and the horror of this image struck Aiji. This was the inspiration for Sentry.
    At the time this work was created, Ronald Reagan was in office. The U.S. was not at war, although Reagan warned of the potential global dangers of renegade countries acquiring nuclear arms. Although we had not performed this work in a number of years, the current political climate inspired us to bring this work back into the repertory.
    “One of the most powerful anti-war works to be seen in a long time”
    -New York Times


    Production services courtesy of Paul Auguston, www.iDream.tv

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  • Joy

    An autobiographical portrait of “An Artist as a Young Jew.” Through movement and conversation directed to imagery relatives in the audience, Mr. Pimsler describes his childhood in New York City, growing up to become an attorney and eventually emerging as Artistic Director of SPDT.

    “If he wants yet another career, Pimsler might consider stand-up comic. In this work, he is Columbus’ answer to Woody Allen.”
    The Columbus Dispatch