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Upcoming Cassandra and Jawaahir Events

2016 Printable
Events Calendar


Details for Cassandra and Jawaahir public performances, workshops, and seminars here and around the world. Call the office for more information on educational shows and private functions.

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Fringe Festival (August)
Shoma (Sept)
Open House (Oct)



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Shaken & Stirred
Jawaahir in the Fringe Festival

Friday, August 5 at 5:30pm, $16
Saturday, August 6 at 10:00pm, $22
Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00pm, $16
Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm, $22
Sunday, August 14 at 7:00pm
, $22

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2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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New this year! One purchase of the brand new Fringe Day Pass gets you into any show in the festival that day. No more single tickets, punch cards, or Ultra Passes.
$16 on the weekdays; $22 on the weekends.

Expect the unexpected, as well as the classic! Along with a selection of new dances created with the Fringe ethic in mind, Jawaahir Dance Company will present a short preview of its upcoming concert, Shoma, featuring an Arabian desert storyteller named Shoma. For these performances, master Near Eastern dancer Cassandra and Jawaahir’s 20 dancers are “shaken and stirred” by inspiring musical sources from around the globe, and their unique Fringe performances will delight the senses!

The Minnesota Fringe is a world-famous annual performing arts festival in Minneapolis. For eleven days, over a thousand artists present works in every discipline and genre for one hour or less.


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Shoma – A Storytelling Dance-Theater Journey to the Desert

Thursday-Sunday, September 29–October 2, 2016
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm.

Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm for matinees.
Post-show discussion with our wonderful artists on Friday evening!

Tickets: $30.
$5 discount for Guild of Oriental Dance members.
Saturday matinee: Pay-as-able ($5 minimum).

Tickets available soon!

Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company are proud to present Shoma, a dance theater extravaganza set during a bridal henna party in Saudi Arabia. A storyteller named Shoma entertains the bride’s guests with a Bedouin folktale. She tells the story of an independent shepherdess who gets lost in a sandstorm, only to find herself in a magic garden. Like all good storytellers, Shoma tailors her tale to fit the occasion. In this case, the bride’s reputation is threatened with public scrutiny. Will the Bedouin shepherdess find her way home? Will the modern day wedding go off as planned? Join Jawaahir to see it all play out!

This production is an updated version of the company’s highly-successful run of Shoma in 1998 that inspired a generation of dancers in the Twin Cities. Many of the original dances are being restaged
and reimagined. Shoma will feature renditions of Saudi and Gulf folk and social dances, as well as new imaginative dance creations that bring the Bedouin story to life. An all-star ensemble led by Georges Lammam and includes, Jim Grippo, Michael Ibrahim, Miles Jay, Yaron Klein, Naser Musa, Karim Nagi, Susu Pampinin, and local musicians Tim O'Keefe and Laura Harada, will dazzle your ears with live music. Playwright and Saudi women’s music and dance scholar Kay Hardy Campbell has revised the script to include contemporary challenges, such as the pros and cons that social media provides the current generation of young Saudi women.

Plan on joining us for this extraordinary show as we enter our second year at The Lab Theater!

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700 First Street North  
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Free on-street parking after 6:00pm Monday–Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
There is also a pay lot across the street.

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Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, October 9, 2016
– 1:30pm
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3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Join us for FREE mini-classes and refreshments!
Classes open to new and current students.
NEW STUDENTS — Receive $10 off a full session when you register at the Open House!

Please check back for the schedule.

The School offers 20 classes each week, for students ranging from two left feet, to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes!

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