This Is Kairos

This beautiful photo/music/poetry montage is a very thoughtful distillation of the ripples Kairos puts out in the world. Kairos staff wept individually in recognition of the heartfulness of our daily work as shown in this piece. (you can click on the photo too)


Many thanks to John Simpson for his sensitivity, artistry and vision in creating “This Is Kairos“.

We welcome your thoughts. . .


Happy Birthday Irv Williams

Happy Birthday Irv!

We, at Kairos Dance Theatre, are darn lucky, really lucky. We get to perform with Irv Williams, saxophonist extraordinaire. Irv is one of those modest guys who is actually quite famous behind his humble demeanor. Irv is an amazing musician – a musician’s musician who holds the melody and sends it out of his horn like a wizard creating a spell for us to dance in.

As a young man he was playing jazz in St. Louis when he was drafted into the Navy back in World War II. Fortunately his talents were discovered early and he was told to play music in the Navy Band stationed in Minnesota.

Last week Irv came with us to the VA Adult Day Program in Minneapolis. Irv and another vet shared stories about a dear friend and musician while the rest of us danced and laughed. There was camaraderie and affection among the vets and Irv. They shared something that we teaching artists didn’t. As veterans they shared hard stuff. Some were drafted when they were going to school or maybe just after they had been hired in their dream job. But they had to give it up. Their country called them to duty and they showed up.

Thanks. And thanks to Mrs. Williams for giving birth to Irwin 92 years ago. And thanks to Irv’s Grandma who breathed life into him when he was given up for dead. He sure is worth it.

Love you Irv. I am so glad you were born.


Community Via Movement

Last winter, Kairos’ Dancing Heart™ started a weekly program at a public housing highrise. We were cautioned, “People don’t usually mingle too much here. Don’t expect a lot of participation.”

Residents of the highrise included a very wide range of backgrounds and abilities. Languages spoken included English, Spanish, Amharic, Somali, and American Sign Language. Experiences spanned from performing live on stage to surviving refugee camps. It did seem like we had our work cut out for us.

Fortunately two of our basic tools are movement and music which can span seemingly vast cultural and individual differences. The universal languages of dance, rhythm, and melody opened doors of common experience and feeling where no other language was available. Through interpreters, the added dimension of storytelling reinforced our sense of connection.

Before too long a lovely variety of individuals were feeling at ease, sharing music and movement and story together, each in their own way.

Dancing Heart’s power to help individuals flourish and communities to form and deepen once again stood out in contrast to habitual expectations.


PBS Crew Comes to Kairos Rehearsal

Kairos Dance Theatre – both the dance company and The Dancing Heart program will be featured in a PBS documentary “Arts & The Mind.” Monday night they filmed our rehearsal at Loring Park.

Be part of our audience this Friday, May 13, 3-5 pm at The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis. There is no cover charge. Invite your friends.

See you Friday.

Ida’s 101st Birthday Party & Give to the MAX!

As you know, last week we had our weekly rehearsal with Ida!
We danced, discussed life in NY, and talked about our upcoming performances of “Take Me Back to Hip Harlem”!
We talked with Ida about her 101st birthday party we will be celebrating on December 4th after the performance. She was very excited!

If you would like to support moments like this and performances like our upcoming ones in December…Today is the PERFECT DAY to do so!!
It is GIVE to the MAX Day! is hosting an event that raised over $14,000,000 for MN Charities & NonProfits!

If you’d like to contribute to our upcoming performance and Ida’s 101st Birthday click here!

If you’d like to give to The Dancing Heart program in which each week we are surprised and delighted by the vital engagement of each participant through dance, music and story… click here

Thank you for your ongoing support and contributions to Kairos Dance Theatre.

We can’t express how grateful we are for your encouragement.


Kairos Dance Theatre

Tickets are on sale! Take Me Back to Hip Harlem!

Come one, come all as we take you back to Harlem. . .

December 4 & 5 we will revisit the Harlem Renaissance – Take Me Back to Hip Harlem – with Ida Arbeit, Irv Williams, Peter Schimke, Fred Steele, Kevin Washington, Nancy Nair, Elinor Anderson-Genné, Jesse Neuman-Peterson, Danessa Snustad (guest choreographer) at Intermedia Arts on:

Saturday, December 4, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 5, 3:00 pm

For more information on the event, here is the Press Release:
Take Me Back to Hip Harlem- Press Release
You can use our ticket sales tab on our website to purchase tickets ahead of time for $22.00 ($2 is for the processing fee).
To purchase tickets click here .

IMPORTANT: please contact Beth with any questions.
At the Performance on Saturday, December 4, we will be celebrating Ida Arbeit’s 101st birthday (December 7(d.o.b.)). If you’d like to participate in the festivities or to become more involved in making our production happen and to be listed in the program, please consider a gift of:

$10.00 will light a candle on Ida’s cake.
$50.00 – $100.00 will allow you to say “I’m with the band.”
$101.00 will include your name on Ida’s special birthday card
$500 + will give you front row seats (right behind the wheelchairs)
$1,000 + will give you a backstage pass
$5,000 + will make you a producer

Doors open at 6:40 pm! (Saturday)
And at 2:40 pm! (Sunday)

We hope to see you there, but until then…here’s something for the road trip back to Harlem…

Get on the Love Train!!

What a fabulous time we had at one of our adult day programs this week as a result of Maria’s thoughtfulness and her constant focus on the people in our Dancing Heart program.

While Maria was in Washington, DC she had an opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Institution and in the store she found and purchased a DVD of the old TV show Soul Train. Why was it important to have that DVD for our program? One of our participants had told us a story of an incident in her childhood when she took off from school one day and went on the show. What she didn’t know was that her mother watched the show that day and saw her on TV and knew she had skipped school! Yes, she got into trouble when she got home and she never went back to Soul Train live again. We all loved hearing Adela tell her story and being able to show everyone the DVD this week brought it back to all of us.

And then of course we danced and danced to the wonderful sounds of the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder and the Commodores. The music is toe-tapping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping and more. We could hardly keep people in their seats. When Love Train was played nearly everyone in the room was moving as we danced around with those who could walk and wheeled those who could not. The smiles on their faces were as wide as their eyes as the music brought back memories of their youth. It was like being at a rock’n’roll party!

Our mission is to share the joy of dance and unleash its power to nurture and heal. We live that mission every day at The Dancing Heart!