Karis Sloss (Artistic Director of Eclectic Edge Ensemble) graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Dance and Theatre Arts. Over the last 15 years, Sloss has choreographed for SteppingStone Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Children’s Theater, Project Success, University of MN Theatre Program, University of Eau Claire Dance Program, Envisions Academy, Breck High School, Saint Paul Academy, Zenon Scholarship Program and the Loring Playhouse.
A contemporary jazz dance company with a diverse repertory, Eclectic Edge Ensemble collaborates with local musicians, choreographers, and other artists to create musically and theatrically inspired work. The company aims to present a fresh perspective on jazz dance in the Twin Cities, creating accessible performance experiences that connect to audiences through the pure joy of movement.
SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is an MC, Producer, Spoken Word Poet, and Social Justice Educator. His work explores identity, culture, social justice, mythology, science fiction, spirituality, and the paranormal. Find SEE MORE in a cypher or a seance, pushing conversations about equity in a board room, singing for strangers in a living room, or sharing culture, tradition, and craft in a classroom. Learn more at www.seemoreperspective.com
Karla Grotting is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and producer working with a unique blend of jazz, tap, modern, and percussive dance experiences. She is founding member, principal dancer, and artistic associate with Joe Chvala’s The Flying Foot Forum, and the producer of Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company.
BrassZilla - formed from the horn section of Chooglin' - now shines alone with originals by "Hitmaker" Hal Longley and reworked music for brass.
Erin Livingston is a singer/songwriter, cabaret artist and teacher here in the Twin Cities. She has performed at venues such as The Loring Pasta Bar, Sawatdee restaurants, Arnellias, Shanghai Bistro, Reve, Crooners and more. She also shares her music at senior centers around town. She teaches classical flute and vocal coaching out of her home studio in South Mpls.
Meena Mangalvedhekar is a visual artist, projectionista and photographer. She received GD-Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya and BFA from University of Minnesota, and has been active in group shows and public art projects in United States and India. She is currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. Her works appear as fusion of tangibles and intangibles in which meanings shift, past and present merge. Time, place and memory always play a key role. Through large installations, digital drawings and placemaking experiments Meena strives to connect community and place.
Lindsay Forsythe returned to Minnesota two years ago, after spending her adult life living on both coasts for the previous 25 years. Some of her identities include: dancer, full-time mother, social worker, music club owner, and pilates instructor. Among the dance artists she has worked with are Philippa Kaye Company, Suarez Dance Theater, Tom Truss Dance Company, Orjan Andersson, and Mary Oslund. She has shown her work at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City and 9x22 Dance Lab in Minneapolis.
An adventurous (most often stationary) traveller, her creative ambition has increased by 1000% since visiting the West Coast a year ago. As long as she can remember, Adrienne has been scheming up scenes and dialogue in her mind that she hopes to one day cultivate into a masterpiece for the big screen. She can’t thank her loved ones and peers enough for fiercely showing her their love even in times of intense Virgo neuroticism. A very special thank you to Peanut and Penny for inspiring this project.