Past Projects

Dancing Asking Madly

Dancing Madly Asking

April 16, 2010 at 7:30pm
Paramount Theater
913 West St. Germain St
St. Cloud, MN 56301
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MN Dance Ensemble and WSDT combined forces to present an evening of innovative new danceworks at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown St Cloud. WSDT artistic director David DeBlieck paired up with Jerome Bowden in a passionately visceral duet of shared weight and sculptural finesse, and with Amanda Chouinard in a whimsical dance inspired by an oversized jacket and pair of boots.

"A Question of Will" featured dancers from both companies in choreography that premiered at the opening ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. This new work by DeBlieck with original music by Eric Mayson investigated human effort, defeat, liberation and transformation with an aerial rope as a central image.

David leaping

Kinetic Kitchen

Oct 2-3, 2009 at 8 pm
Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Wicked Sister shared the stage with Denise Armstead’s DAdance, Julie Warder and Christopher Yaeger’s Dance Hall Days for an evening of innovative choreography curated by Sarah LaRose-Holland.

WSDT presented “Love Songs” featuring Erin Drummond, Kristin Howe & Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck in a suite of dances to 18th century Italian love songs recorded by Cecelia Bartoli. David DeBlieck also premiered a new solo generated in collaboration with composer Daniel Nass. WSDT aerial artists rounded out the program with thrilling feats in the celestial realm.



Inhabiting Earth

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre &
Red Eye presented…

Inhabiting Earth

March 5-8, 2009
at Red Eye

Wicked Sister has landed on earth! Join us for this dynamic collection of new danceworks celebrating the connection of the human body to the physical world. Dancers vault from wooden stools, scrape slabs of granite across the floor and weave in and out of wooden deck joists on a brand new structure. We are especially excited to premiere “Gravitation” a new work with 20 dancers ranging in age from 7-63.

Featuring choreography and performance by WSDT company members Jerome Bowden, David DeBlieck, David Harris, Angela Hasnedl, Stephanie Molstad, Arielah Moskow & Amy Nystrom, as well as live music by Eric Mayson and original sound composition by Daniel Nass.

Also featuring:

Eduardo Arteaga, Lauren Baker, Amanda Chouinard, Nicolas Collard, Nicole Curry, William DeBlieck, Sher Demeter, Erin Drummond, Matteo Kelli Halbesleben, Elaine Hanson, Sage Lewis, Alex Loch, Kayla Locnikar, Christy Lyons, Kira Meiko Nelson, Tanja Page, Ashley Pistohl, Christina Plichta, Patricia Popescu, James Schattauer, Jessi Vozka, Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck, Emily Tate and Dennis Yelkin.

David between Earth & Sky

Dancing Between Earth & Sky

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre
Pioneer Place
22 - 5th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN

Oct 10 - 12, 2009


Wicked Sister Dance Theatre returned to Pioneer Place on Fifth with a collection of original danceworks on the floor and in the air, featuring guest artist Caroline Sutton Clark from Austin, TX. Artistic Director David DeBlieck led an ensemble of local dancers through acrobatic and kinetic encounters with an antique door, slabs of granite, aerial hoops, stools, a blowup swimming pool and so much more…

As a special bonus, WSDT presented What I Want to be When I Grow Up!, a family-friendly matinee at 2pm on Saturday Oct 11 by acrobatic theatre artist, David Harris.

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This project was made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature. This project was also supported by the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and by a grant from the St Cloud Arts Commission, through support from the City of St Cloud and donations received through Change for the Arts, a voluntary City Utility Bill round-up program.
David bound

Patrick’s Cabaret presented
Wicked Sister Dance Theatre in…

Acrobatic Café III

May 2-4, 2008
8 pm on Friday and Saturday
2 pm on Sunday

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre returned to Patrick’s Cabaret with their third annual production of choreography and performance on physical structures. This eclectic mix featured all new works in the air and on the ground by company members as well as aspiring choreographic artists, including:

David DeBlieck, David Harris, Jerome Bowden, Amy Nystrom, Angela Hasnedl, Nicolas Collard, Jessica Flannigan, Irene Larson, Jenny Lovitt, Stephanie Molstad, Arielah Moskow, Jim Peitzman, Emily Tate and Jessi Vozka.

suitcase flyingThese aspiring acrobatic artists have been climbing on aerial silks, trapeze, ropes and furniture from their own homes to celebrate the process of discovery, invention and creativity within the realm of risk-taking physicality.

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Chair Surf Trio

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre at Pioneer Place

October 11-14, 2007
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm
Pioneer Place on Fifth
22 Fifth Avenue South
Downtown St Cloud, MN

Dance collided with Circus Arts as airborne bicycles and animated innertubes joined forces with paper pushers, romantics on ropes and ukulele-strumming beach bums in a “Best Of” collection of WSDT favorites plus the premiere of a new fabric duet by David DeBlieck and Cathy Werner. Additional Choreography and Performance by David Harris, Angela Hasnedl, Jerome Bowden & Arielah Moskow. A Circus-Fueled, Family Friendly Performance!

David on the fabrics

And . . .

Intensive Aerial Workshops with David DeBlieck on Fabric (Sept 21 and 23) and with Cathy Werner on Dance Trapeze (Sept 28 and 30).

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre’s performance at Pioneer Place was made possible, in part, by the St Cloud Arts Commission and the MN State Arts Board through an appropriation by the MN Legislature.

Dancing in the Trees

Dancing in the Trees

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Lake George, St. Cloud

You may never look at these trees in the same way again…

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre presented all new choreography on trees as part of Granite City Days in St Cloud. Choreographed by David DeBlieck, this frolicking, family-friendly dance featured performances by Jerome Bowden, Angela Hasnedl, Arielah Moskow, Amber Olson and Alex Loch. Dancers balanced against each other and the trees, rolled across the grass and used the natural landscape to inspire their acrobatically entertaining performance, all to the live music of Dreamland Faces.

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WSDT’s Lake George performance was supported, in part, by the St Cloud Arts Commission, FORECAST Public Artworks and the Minnesota State Arts Board. David DeBlieck is a proud recipient of a 2007 Individual Artist Award from the Central MN Arts Board with generous funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Circus Brunch 3

Circus Brunch 3

Aerial Artistry, Musical Mayhem, Delectable Delicacies . . . and a chance for you to fly!

Sunday, September 24th 2006
11 am - 2 pm

Patrick's Cabaret

Brunch included (mini quiches, roasted veggies, pastries, coffee and so much more)
Champagne & Mimosas available

Live Music by the charming chanteuse Rhoda Reighard, and Dreamland Faces on accordian and musical saw. Juggling, Acrobatics and Aerial Performances by David Harris, James Peitzman, David DeBlieck, Cathy Stone, Angela Hasnedl, Amy Nystrom, Caitlin Cook-Isaacson, Noah Bremer, Ariel Dumas and many more WSDT artists and students. Children and Adults will also have the chance to try their hand at juggling, and sample flight on the trapeze and silks!

Creating Performance with Structural Apparatus

Acromancia

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre and Old Arizona presented:

Acromancia: A Vaudevillian Menagerie of Acrobatics, Theatre and Dance

May 12-14, 2006 8pm

Old Arizona Theater
2821 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis


Elsie Smith, Guest Aerialist & Cirque du Soleil alumAll new Choreography and Design by David DeBlieck, David Harris, Amy Nystrom, Cathy Stone and Jeffrey Bleam with solo performances by aerial guest artist and Cirque du Soleil alum, Elsie Smith. Airborne surfboards and animated innertubes linked arms with menacing mechanics, sultry trapezists and ukulele-strumming beach bums.

Included performances by: Jerome Bowden, Ariel Dumas, Angela Hasnedl, Megan Holm, Jim Peitzman and Mark Ruark.


Acromancia was a co-production of Wicked Sister Dance Theatre and Old Arizona made possible with funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council with an appropriation from the MN State Legislature, and the support of many philanthropic friends.
Creating Performance with Structural Apparatus

Creating Performance with Structural Apparatus

A series of improvisation and composition workshops taught by Cathy Stone and David DeBlieck

with guest instructors, Hijack (Kristin Van Loon & Arwen  Wilder) and Steve Busa (Red Eye Artistic Director)

Saturdays & Thursdays
January 28 - March 16, 2006

Patrick’s Cabaret

These safe and supportive workshops investigated the process of sharing weight and dancing with a physical structure as partner. We examined the visuality and form of various apparatus as well as the overall journey of composing dynamic choreographic structure. Whether in the air or floor-based, we used physical landscapes to frame our improvisation and movement invention.

Workshops culminated in period of critical feedback and a curated performance of short studies as part of Acrobatic Cafe, presented by Patrick’s Cabaret on March 17 & 18, 2006.

This project was made possible, in part, with funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council with an appropriation through the MN state legislature.
Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

An hypnotic display of aerial wizardry, bawdy vaudevillian delights, and other acts of indescribable whimsy.

Co-presented by Wicked Sister Dance Theatre and Discovery Arts Trapeze.

January 20 — 23, 2005
Intermedia Arts

Wicked Sister Dance Theatre’s David DeBlieck teamed up with aerial choreographer Rebecca Holmberg, performance artist and paper-mover David Harris, torch singer & troublemaker Mo Donahue, and deviant designer Jeffrey Bleam to create an evening of circus, dance, and song that defies both gravity and meaning.

WSDT Phantasmagoric Offerings:

fabric web"Spider Lilies", an aerial fabric quintet that slinks and crawls through a twisted combination of acrobatic maneuvers amidst a ghostly soundscape. Our spidery aerialists were also featured in Kinetic Kitchen and LunaFest at the Mounds Theater in St Paul.

WSDT artistic director, David DeBlieck, and paper mover extraordinaire, David Harris, also created "Paper Movers", a synchronized kaleidoscope of animated paper and otherworldly characters. The Davids will be traveling to Austin, TX in August 2005 to perform "Paper Movers" with our sister company, Wicked Cricket Dance Theatre at the Dougherty Arts Center. For more photos and information, visit phantasmagoriashow.com.

Caroline in Summer Splash

Summer Splash

Co-presented by Wicked Sister Dance Theatre and Red Eye

June 26 — 28, 2003
Red Eye

2 teacups, 13 dancers, one 30 foot rope and 8 1/2 dozen raw eggs . . . Wicked Sister Dance Theatre dove into the Minneapolis/St Paul arts scene with their premiere production, Summer Splash. Butoh, modern dance and aerial choreography by David DeBlieck, Steve Carlino and guest artists, Caroline Sutton and Giinko Marishino. Transformative and dynamic motion with visual splendor and a hint of wicked humor!

Highlights from Summer Splash included "Separation," a new butoh-inspired dance featuring an ensemble of 7 local dancers and a solo performed by choreographer Caroline Sutton atop dozens of raw eggs and "Flight," a celebration of birth and awakening choreographed by DeBlieck with an ensemble of 5 dancers. Three children delight in a divine encounter in "Visitation," a dance theatre collage that celebrates the celestial deity within each one of us and featured Sutton as the lip-syncing goddess reminiscent of the Virgin Mary with the soul of Venus and the style of Esther Williams.

Elsie Smith and Serenity hanging

Elsie Smith

Aerial Guest Artist Residency

February 2005
Intermedia Arts

WSDT and Discovery Arts Trapeze hosted a 10-day residency by Vermont-based aerial artist and instructor, Elsie Smith. Elsie's residency included Safety and Conditioning, intermediate/advanced group classes on trapeze, fabric and lyra (hoop), and focused teacher training for WSDT's seasoned aerialists. For more information about ongoing aerial classes and guest artist residencies, please contact WSDT's artistic director, David DeBlieck.

Phantasmagoria, Summer Splash and Elsie Smith's Residency were all made possible, in part, with funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council with an appropriation through the MN state legislature.