Masa performing with Nenkin Butoh Dan (photo via Gadu DouShin)

Our Teaching Artists and Staff are involved in a wide range of professional projects outside of their work with Upstream Arts. Each month, we post opportunities to see their performances, exhibitions, and other events around the Twin Cities and beyond. Click on the links below to learn more.

Rachel Jendrzejewski is participating in Emily Gastineau’s Art is Easy in 2014, a piece about immaterial labor and art economies, for the Minnesota Biennial (,,,) at the Soap Factory through November 3. She is also 1 of 3 playwrights for Padua Playwrights’ The Hive Project, 3 short plays about bees, which will be presented at the University of Notre Dame on October 4 at 2pm. The performance is free and open to the public.

Masanari Kawahara will be part of Nenkin Jam Vol. 3 on October 20 at 3pm. In a hidden path behind Minnehaha creek, dancers from Nenkin Butoh Dan (粘菌舞踏団) will create another world. Meet at the field on the corner of 12th Ave South and Minnehaha Parkway, approximately 4956 S 12th Ave, in Minneapolis. Tickets are Pay-As-Able.

Norah Long will be a guest speaker for the Older Women’s League (OWL) of Minnesota on October 8. She plans to utilize information she learned from Kairos Alive during last month’s Upstream Arts Staff Training, incorporating interactive movement and group singing into the program. “Thanks for the inspiration, UA!”

Don Mabley-Allen will travel to New York City to perform in Dong, a new dance work by choreographer Anna Marie Shogren, which will be part of “Draftworks” at Danspace on October 19. Dong is a work of “post-folk” dance – equally concerned with the conceptual rigor of contemporary art and the social and communal traditions of folk dance, as bound to the ethics of bringing together a community of performers as it is to the aesthetic of a finished dance. Simple, pleasure-chasing, and ecstatic, Dong is concerned with the relationship between music and dance, playing against contemporary dance’s tendency to work in silence or in counterpoint to music, and presenting the forms as simply and naturally indivisible.