Family Albums/Across Generations in Rochester, MN


SPDT Presents: Family Albums/Across Generations

Bamber Valley Elementary School and River Bend Assisted Living

December 2nd-13th, 2019 

Minneapolis, MN.– Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) will present its Arts & Education project, Family Albums/Across Generations, in partnership with Bamber Valley Elementary School and River Bend Assisted Living in Rochester, MN, from December 2nd-13th, 2019. The project will culminate in a final performance, featuring the stories of Bamber Valley students and River Bend residents. SPDT Artistic Co-Director Suzanne Costello will direct this residency accompanied by the company’s teaching artists. This two-week residency is made possible through an Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. SPDT is honored to have received one of only 85 MSAB Arts Learning grants awarded statewide. 

Over the course of the residency, all 150 Bamber Valley 5th graders will work daily with SPDT teaching artists to explore their family stories, histories, and legacies. The students will interview family members to learn more about their personal narratives and will keep journals to document the creative process. The residency will culminate in an original performance work, integrating movement, music, video, and spoken word. The 5th grade students will perform this new work on Friday, December 13th at 2:00pm in the Bamber Valley Elementary School gym. This performance is FREE and open to the Bamber Valley, River Bend and greater Rochester communities. 

As a part of this project SPDT will also partner with River Bend Assisted Living to present Life Stories, a series of movement/storytelling workshops for senior adults. Through gentle movement exercises, the participants will find new ways to share their experiences. Excerpts of the residents’ stories will be included via film in the final performance work, Family Albums, at Bamber Valley Elementary School. River Bend residents will attend this performance and participate in a post-show discussion with the students. SPDT will also present Families in Motion, a free movement workshop for all Bamber Valley students, their families, and Rochester community members, on December 10th from 6:00-7:00pm in the Bamber Valley School gym. This workshop is designed for students to participate in with an adult relative, parent, or caregiver. It will provide an opportunity for families to have fun and connect in new ways. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move in. No prior movement experience necessary.