Performing Arts Series

2013–14 Performing Arts Series

Mike Super—Magic and Illusion

Mike Super, Magic and Illusion

Mind-blowing illusions and family-friendly comedy

Imagine mind-blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a family-friendly headline comedian. The secret to Mike Super’s success is his natural ability to entertain and fascinate people. He has pioneered a new form of magic with his down-to-earth style and personality, transcending the “trick” and bringing the art of magic back to the people. His performance will take you on a journey of laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, and wonder!

Susan Werner—The Hayseed Project

Susan Werner, The Hayseed Project

Pay attention. Werner might just be the most original folk voice to emerge from the Plains since that Zimmerman kid. And funny, too.


Backed by two sidemen, singer/songwriter Susan Werner brings her unique musical mix of Americana, bluegrass, folk, and jazz to her newest project and recently released CD, Hayseed. Werner grew up on a family farm in eastern Iowa, where her parents still farm today. In Hayseed, she returns to the language and characters of her roots—farming, rural America, locavores, food safety, and the comic potential of herbicides.

“My parents are farmers. My grandparents were all farmers. My great-grandparents on both sides, all farmers. I’m not a farmer. I lack these two essentials: knowhow and patience. But…I [want] to honor the people and place that raised me, help secure a sustainable future for farmland and farming, and entertain a whole lotta people, too.”

—Susan Werner

Performing Arts Extra
  • 1–2:30 p.m. Panel discussion with
    • Susan Werner;
    • Bryan Simon ’03 UMM alum and area-CSA farmer;
    • Heidi Eger ’13, UMM alum, Green Corps staff, and aspiring farmer
    • Location: Turtle Mountain Cafe
  • 2:30–4 p.m. Open Mic focusing on all things farming and food-related
    • Location: Turtle Mountain Cafe
  • 5–7 p.m. Farmers Market
    • Location: Oyate Hall
  • 9–9:30 p.m. Farmers Market
    • Location: Oyate Hall

Zenon Dance Company

Zenon Dance Company

A rare and dynamic blend of modern and jazz dance

Jazz, post-modern, and experimental works commissioned from some of the world’s most intriguing choreographers

One of the nation’s premier repertory dance companies, Zenon captivates audiences with a rare and dynamic blend of modern and jazz dance. Under the direction of Linda Andrews, one of the most powerful choreographic voices in Minnesota, Zenon continues to build its eclectic repertory by commissioning significant works from such acclaimed American choreographers as Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, Tere O’Connor, Danny Buraczeski, and Sean Curran. Zenon is continually redefining and pushing dance standards in Minnesota.

Zenon has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Saint Paul Pioneer Press. The company tours throughout the United States and internationally. It has received the McKnight Excellence in the Arts Award multiple times and has been hailed as “Best Dance Company” by City Pages.

“Zenon Dance Company is a regional treasure. Elegant and assured…immensely versatile but inherently comic…intelligent and true.”

—City Pages

Dance Workshops
  • Thursday, October 31, in HFA 125
    • 2–3:15 p.m., jazz
    • 3:30–5 p.m., modern/contact work
  • Friday, November 1, in Oyate Hall, Student Center
    • 4:15–5 p.m., grades 3–5
    • 5–5:45 p.m., grades 6–9
    • 5:45–6:45 p.m., grade 10–adult
  • Free and open to the public

    Class space is limited. Call 320-589-6464 to reserve your free space. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis without reservation.

Speaking in Tongues – world music

Speaking in Tongues

World music from four astonishing musicians from four unique cultures

An unprecedented combination of Chinese pipa, African and Middle Eastern percussion, and Latin bass

Speaking in Tongues is made up of four astonishing musicians from four different cultures with four native tongues. The group features master drummer and multi-instrumentalist from Ghana Sowah Mensah, Chinese pipa master Gao Hong, virtuoso bassist from Mexico City Enrique Toussaint, and Minnesota-born master percussionist Marc Anderson. Their performances worldwide are as diverse as the group itself. The ensemble opened a new Chinese music series at the prestigious Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam and performed at a Nobel Peace Prize conference in America’s heartland. They also perform for enthusiastic audiences on university campuses and in concert halls throughout the United States.

“This wasn’t just a concert. It was an experience! A whole world in one evening.”

“I bought the whole seat, but only needed the edge!”


—Audience reactions

Aquila Theatre Company in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451*

Fahrenheit 451

Innovative theater, bringing new life to Ray Bradbury’s parable of a society gone awry

February 22
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m. HFA 125
  • General Drama Masterclass
  • Movement, vocal exercises, disciplines of performing in a physical theatre company.
  • Free and open to the public.

Based in New York City since 1999, Aquila Theatre has won popular, critical, and academic acclaim worldwide. The company regularly appears at international festivals with performances in places as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, the Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza, and the White House.

Aquila will bring new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry. One of the most revered novels of the twentieth-century, Fahrenheit 451 is an exploration of censorship, technology’s effects on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained. Debated for decades, this story raises concerns that remain relevant today. Reprinted dozens of times since its initial publication, Fahrenheit 451 has achieved the rare distinction of being both a literary classic and a perennial bestseller.

“…Aquila Theatre, an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”

—The New York Times

“The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.”

—The New Yorker

“…A classically trained, modernly hip troupe”

—The New York Times

Arts Midwest

*Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and General Mills Foundation.


Tickets may be ordered online, by phone, by mail, or in person at the University of Minnesota, Morris Office of Student Activities, lower level of the Student Center. Season ticket buyers will receive a packet of tickets for all events upon purchase. Individual event tickets sold in advance will be mailed out two weeks before each event. Free twenty-minute parking is available around Cougar Circle. Unpaid reservations are not accepted. Tickets are nonrefundable.

House Policies

The house will be opened one-half hour before curtain with the approval of the performers. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management. Use of cameras, recording devices, pagers, and cellular phones are prohibited during performances.


The Student Center and Edson Auditorium are accessible to people with disabilities.

Phonic Ear Enhancement systems are available to amplify stage dialogue or music.

TTY service is available through the UMM Information Center at 320-589-6123.

All events are wheelchair accessible.

To request disability accommodations, please contact the University of Minnesota, Morris Disabilities Services at 320-589-6178 at your earliest convenience, but no later than 48 hours prior to each event.


Free event parking is available in the North Lot and West Lot. Convenient passenger drop off points, as well as handicapped parking spots, are located at both the north and south entrances of the Student Center.

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