Page Series: Shapiro & Smith Dance
A highlight of the 2000-2001 Page Series, Shapiro & Smith Dance has a reputation for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. Dancing with breathtaking physicality and emotional depth, they have earned an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment.
In this first event of our 30th anniversary season, the company will invite local dancers to perform alongside them. Shapiro & Smith Dance will also offer a series of master classes for dancers of all ages. For information about how to participate, please click here.
About Shapiro & Smith Dance
Shapiro & Smith Dance is fascinated with ideas, rules and experiences that define us as individuals, families and societies. “Supple as snakes and brave beyond belief,” Shapiro & Smith Dance performs tales of absurdity, anger, and beauty with outrageous athleticism, caustic wit and psychological insight. Hilarious and provocative, these story-tellers take you for a plunge into the human condition.
Founded in 1985, the company began as a collaboration between Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith. After meeting in the companies of Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais, they went on to create their first choreography during a Fulbright Lectureship in Helsinki, Finland. Since then Shapiro and Smith’s blend of contemporary dance and dramatic theater has elicited enthusiastic receptions across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. The Company has been presented by major festivals and venues including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s DanSpace Project, PS 122, Festival di Milano, Teatro de Danza in Mexico City, Recklinghausen RuhrFestSpiele, and the Korean International Festival.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.