Commonweal Theatre proudly presented

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

January 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater - Bohemian Grove

SPDT performs “Bohemian Grove” Photo: V. Paul Virtucio

Commonweal proudly hosted Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) for an artists’ residency in Lanesboro, January 21-28, 2018, which concluded with two public performances at the Commonweal Theatre on Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27. SPDT performed their critically acclaimed works: At it Again (2013), Bohemian Grove (2014), and Tales from the Book of Longing (2009).

Stuart Pimsler

Stuart Pimsler. Photo: Clark Scott

At it Again is dance-theater artist Stuart Pimsler’s theatrical homage to legendary Jewish-American author Philip Roth. Constructed as a conversation with Roth, Pimsler explores his own complicated attraction to the author’s work while commenting on Roth’s controversial history and place in American culture.

Bohemian Grove (photo above) 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)

Tales from the Book of Longing is a signature SPDT work, originally premiered at the Guthrie Theater, which explores the complexity of relationships and the desire for connection.

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This activity was made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.