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Hatch Dance/HoneyWorks Summerdance 2024


June 14th-16th, 2024


The Minneapolis Club parking ramp 

729 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55402.


Berit Ahlgren and Helen Hatch, Directors

Brandon Anderson Musser and Alex Proctor, Sound Engineers



In C


Composed by Terry Riley


Creatively led by Berit Ahlgren and Helen Hatch


Music Direction by Joseph Strachan


Dance score created in collaboration with and performed by: 

Adeline Beck, Jeremy Bensussan, Non Edwards, Kaitlyn Hawkins, Gemma Isaacson, Annika Johansson, Juliana Johnson, Kendall Kramer, Jordan Lovestrand, Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies, Sarah McCullough, Colin Myles Edwards, Blake Nellis, Arcelia Rivera, Amanda Sachs, Joe Tennis, and Genevieve Waterbury



 Joseph Strachan, Ernest Bisong, Toivo Hannigan, Michelle Kinney, Trevor Peterson, and Stephanie Wiesler


Program note:

“In C”, composed by Terry Riley in 1964, is a musical composition like none other. Jumpstarting the Minimalist movement, it’s made up of 53 short musical phrases and a simple set of instructions: A group of musicians (any number, with any instruments) begin at phrase 1, and each at their own discretion, move through the phrases, repeating them as many times as they like before moving forward. The music unfolds, never the same way twice. 


In creating a dance score to this music, the complexities of “In C” began to emerge. The freedom that exists for the musicians while playing “In C” occurs as a result of the precision in which Riley crafted his phrases and organized them from 1 to 53. It’s not an accident that the piece works every time. How could we create a choreographic structure that allowed the dancers agency in their movement decisions, in the moment, without it devolving into chaos? Or worse, nothingness? Our rehearsals were led just as much by discussion as by movement, and as we developed what we lovingly call “the game”, our rules revealed themselves and were adjusted ad nauseum to find the right balance. This is what we, with a dynamic and intelligent cast, arrived at and we are thrilled to share it with you. 

-Helen & Berit


The performance runs approximately 1 hour without intermission.


In C by Terry Riley presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc. and Associated Music Publishers,

copyright owners. 



Artist Bios

Thank you to our “FUND A PHRASE” Donors for supporting this project:

Nicole Arnason (#36)

Ester Blackmore (#1)

Blake Conover (#5)

Laurie Conover (#6)

Kirsten Freeman (#2)

Jenny Hawkins-Hatch (#10)

Becky Heist (#40)

Karen MacKenzie

Mark and Betsy McKelvey (#4)

Tim Murphy (#24)

Patricia Pasqual (#9)

Sarah Quie (#3)

Linda Sarna (#15)

Brickson Schwenn dedicated to Disco (#42)

Molly Sonsteng (#28)

Maddie Stein (#46)

Julia Sutter (#8)

Mary Vasaly (#20)


Special thanks to The Minneapolis Club, MN State Arts Board, St. Paul Ballet, Bill Cameron (photography), our usher and stagehand volunteers, and the generous donors who support the ongoing development of both Hatch Dance and HoneyWorks throughout the year.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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