Free Theater in Eagan Caponi Art Park
Photo: Russ Borud

Photo: Russ Borud

Summer Performance Series: Celebrating 20 Years

When: Sundays at 6:30 p.m. June through August (2015 dates below)
Where: Caponi Art Park's Theater in the Woods, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan
Cost: Ticket-free admission with $5/person suggested donation

Our family-friendly Summer Performance Series is celebrating 20 years of music, theater and dance by the region's most talented artists in our outdoor amphitheater. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and spend a Sunday evening with friends and family enjoying art and nature. Admission is free with a $5/person suggested donation.

Presented against a backdrop of earthworks and majestic oaks in the Theater in the Woods amphitheater, the series features six nights of performances from the traditional to the more avant garde held June to August. Arrive early and explore the Sculpture Garden and walking trails.

Celebrate 20 years of music, dance, theater and more by making a special sustaining gift or one-time special gift of $20.

Parking & Event Details
In addition to our main parking lot at 1220 Diffley Road, performance parking is available at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic fields (unless noted). Banners and signs will be posted. Walking distance to amphitheater is a hilly 5-minute hike from either entrance. Golf carts are available to transport guests with mobility needs.

Picnic baskets and dogs are welcomed (unless noted). Portable grills are not allowed. Picnic tables are located within the Art Park, but not near the amphitheater.

Larger groups, including childcare centers, schools, scout troops, and service groups, must call ahead for space availability, fees and parking information.

2015 Summer Performance Series Schedule
Visit the Event Calendar for our full calendar of events.
Salsabrosa Caponi Art Park June14

Salsabrosa: Salsa Music and Dancing
Opening Act: Theatre of Fools
Sunday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.

Salsabrosa is one of the premier Salsa acts in the Midwest. The group showcases soulful vocals, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and a powerful brass section. Their goal is to "bring salsa to the masses" by making easy to pick-up dance instructions part of every performance. Salsabrosa offers audiences an authentic cultural experience and promises to get everyone on their feet.

Opening for Salsabrosa is Theatre of Fools in Fool's Medicine Show. Lloyd Brant’s one-man medicine show leaps from the pages of American history. His 19th century style medicine show, however doesn’t sell snake oil. Lloyd’s pitch is the Emergency Clown Nose®, bringing his audience on a magic journey of discovery to why laughter is the best medicine.

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Andrews Sisters Story Caponi Art Park June28

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters
Opening Act: Young Dance Company
Sunday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.

Sisters of Swing is a concert act presenting the music of Minnesota's own Andrews Sisters with a trio of engaging, close-harmony singers who are among the Twin Cities' finest accompanied by a 7-piece band. The music is classic Big Band vocal swing music, an original American style that finds a new, young audience whenever it is performed. The music builds bridges between people of every age and ethnicity with infectious rhythm and hummable tunes. The Andrews Sisters chose songs from many different ethnic traditions and embody a musical "melting pot" of American music culture. Their music connects the rich heritage of popular music from America's past and present, and is no less fun and energetic today than when it was recorded and performed. The song list includes contemporary songs set in the Andrews Sisters inimitable style.

Before Sisters of Swing take the stage, the boys and girls of Young Dance will present Stories, the company's spring 2015 performance featuring tall tales, quirky characters and twists of plot through dance. Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance. Girls and boys, ages 7-18, work with peers and professional choreographers to create and perform original choreography.

Dakota Valley Orchestra Caponi Art Park July12

Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorale: Their Last Full Measure: A Commemoration of the End of the Civil War
Opening Act: Storyteller Beverly Cottman
Sunday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.

The evening performance will include works from Copland: Lincoln Portrait, the world premiere of Maderich: The Blue and the Grey for orchestra, chorus, and soloists, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has brought together skilled volunteer musicians to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles. Performing concerts around the south suburban Twin Cities area, the symphony has a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member summer pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.

Taking the stage before Dakota Valley is Master Storyteller Beverly Cottman. Cottman is an interdisciplinary artist creating at the intersections of visual, literary and performance art. As the storyteller 'Auntie Beverly' she tells folktales, stories and fables which reflect African and African American culture and heritage. Let your imagination soar as Cottman educates and entertains her audience.

Kevin Kling Simone Perrin Caponi Art Park July28

Storytelling featuring Kevin Kling with Simone Perrin
Opening Act: Corpse Reviver
Sunday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin collaborate to create a performance that covers a range of humor, tenderness and music.

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are. Joining Kling will be theater actress, composer, vocalist and accordionista Simone Perrin, who has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and performs frequently with Kevin.

Opening for Kling and Perrin is Corpse Reviver. This trio plays music found on Harry Smith's 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music. All 84 of the anthology's tracks date from 1926 to 1932, a time considered the pinnacle of recorded music. This collection of music became the inspiration for all future folk music, including icons such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.

Ragamala Dance Caponi Art Park Aug9

Ragamala Dance Company: Sacred Earth
Opening Act: Spanish flamenco music and dance with Michael Hauser
Sunday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. Dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is co-Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy's singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man.

Ragamala Dance Company creates work that conveys a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery and of universal celebration. Born out of the creative vision of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala explores the dynamism of the Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, from its ancient roots to its contemporary possibilities. Masters of this 2,000 year old tradition, this dance company provides their audiences across the United States and around the globe with an esthetic and cultural experience.

Opening for Ragamala Dance is Flamenco music and dance with Michael Hauser.

Barebones: Outdoor Puppetry/Entertainment Caponi Art Park Aug23

Barebones Production: Outdoor Performance Art and Puppetry
Opening Act: Drumheart, Women's Drum Center
Sunday, August 23, 6:30 p.m.

For twenty years, BareBones has been stimulating audiences' senses with their visionary parades, outdoor installations, and spectacle performances that involve stilts, bicycles and gigantic puppets. Performing in parks and other public spaces around the Twin Cities metro area, this collective of visual and performing artists is most well-known for their annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza.

Drumheart is the Women's Drum Center performing ensemble. Performing world drum and percussion music, Drumheart enjoys providing energy, joy and spirit to events with their Brazilian, Caribbean and African music.

          

These activities are made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.

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