The Chalberg Theatre stage will come alive with highly kinetic, exhilarating movement when Minneapolis dance company ARENA Dances performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

As part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series, the dance program will present contemporary dance with messages for contemporary audiences.

CLCPAC Director Patrick Spradlin cited ARENA’s appearance as the center’s mission to bring diversified, high quality arts programming to the area.

“We’ve had several dance companies in past seasons,” Spradlin said in a news release, “representing ballet, tap, jazz and even ballroom dance forms. ARENA is our first foray into contemporary dance, a form that is exciting, thought provoking and exhilarating to watch.”

Spradlin said the company will spend a week in residency in the area.

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“As part of a Minnesota State Arts Board Touring Grant, ARENA will be working with local students, visiting various locations, and really connecting with the community," he said.

ARENA Dances is an internationally-renowned contemporary dance company founded in 1995 by artistic director and choreographer Mathew Janczewski in Minneapolis. Its mission is to make dance accessible to all through the presentation of contemporary dance, educational outreach and community gatherings to inspire, promote dialogue and diversity.

Over the past 25 years, Janczewski has created over 35 works for ARENA performed nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

The work is abstract in form, giving shape to emotions, exploring the depths and the limits of what drives us as humans to connect, to break away, to survive. Just as our emotions can veer wildly, ARENA incorporates a highly kinetic style of movement, a sweeping physicality that takes in a broad range of feelings and the posturings we may make to protect ourselves in the world. The work springs first from Janczewski’s own experiences; then, through the movement and structure, ARENA seeks to find a form to give those experiences both truth and commonality.

Tickets for ARENA Dances are available on the center’s website at or by calling the box office at 218-855-8199.