Art Hounds: Ethnic Dance, Zoe Keating, and “Danger! Will/Robinson”

Joshua Will and Jim Robinson of "Danger! Will/Robinson"

The hounds want you to know about a Minneapolis dance troupe that assumes different global folk identities, a D.I.Y. cellist who creates moody soundscapes for bands, films and fans, and a sketch comedy series that recalls a 1960s TV show in name only.

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As a dancer with the North Indian classical dance group, Katha Dance Theatre, Asha Sharma has an appreciation for dance companies that focus on the traditions of other countries. Asha thinks Ethnic Dance Theatre's spring concert "Then and Now" is something to be excited about, partly because it will re-interpret a variety of ethnic and folk dances using a modern dance vocabulary. "Then and Now" is on stage at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis Friday through Sunday.

St. Paul composer Mike Croswell has been an ardent follower of cellist Zoe Keating since he discovered her on Myspace years ago. Keating uses pedals and a laptop to build her music live on stage. Mike describes Keating's sound as lush and cinematic with the potential to envelop an attentive listener. Keating makes a stop at the Cedar on Wednesday, May 18.

Minneapolis actor Nathan Tylutki admits "Danger! Will/Robinson" at the Bryant Lake Bowl sounds like a send-up of the classic 60s TV series "Lost in Space," the space version of Swiss Family Robinson. It's not. But Nathan says it is a hilarious sketch comedy series written and acted by Joshua WILL, and Jim ROBINSON. It's on stage at the Bryant Lake Bowl through Saturday, May 14.

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