photos: V. Paul Virtucio




  Constant Contact Logo  
  Please sign up with Constant Contact
to join our e-mailing list.

  Find us on Facebook.   Find us on Facebook.

  Donate Now


  Shapiro & Smith Dance
work the company contact home

“…strong, sharp-edged dancing
and a daring theatricality.”

— The New York Times

“They’re athletic, sharp, articulate dancers, supple and beautifully controlled, and they connect immediately with audiences.”

— Camille Le Fevre,
The Minneapolis Star Tribun




2015 Cowles Center Season April 2-4

Starring Twin Cites Dance Divas

The Cowles Center For Dance And The Performing Arts

April 2-4 8:00 pm

Box Office: 612-206-3600 or order online with Vendi.

Tableau vivant was a popular theatrical form in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Women figured largely into this practice as they posed on floats in small town parades depicting historical or allegorical scenes such as “Columbia” and “the Original Thirteen States.” Tableaux vivants including “Joan of Arc” acted as agents for women to explore new identities during the fight for women’s suffrage.

Instead of holding poses, the “Tableaux Vivants” depicted by Shapiro & Smith Dance will yank these scenes right off the 4th of July float and into the intimacy of the human experience.

Featuring five female dancers of Shapiro & Smith Dance - Laura Selle Virtucio, Kari Mosel, Lauren Baker, Stephanie Schroeder and Mirabai Miller will be joined in this piece by Zoe Sealy, Erin Thompson, Judith Howard, and Mary Moore Easter. Scott Killian will be composing an original score. 

In addition to Tableau Vivant, Shapiro & Smith Dance will also be premiering “Ravel x3”, a visually complex interpretation of three different compositions by Maurice Ravel.

This project is funded with the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, Target Foundation, McKnight Foundation and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

     NEA Logo               Target Logo

McKnight Foundation

MRAC logo  MSAB logo


Joanie Smith is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


© 2014 Shapiro & Smith Dance | web design: Heitman Design, LLC
Shapiro & Smith Dance