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Step outside of you and open your mind to new perspectives with the ENLIGHTEN series. These powerful contemporary works tell exceptional stories from diverse viewpoints, celebrating our shared humanity and inviting you to explore, discover, and wonder. For it is through wonder that we learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.

A note from the series curator
“At the Sheldon, our mission is to entertain, educate, and enlighten. These seven extraordinary performances do it all. Each tells a story, asks a question, explores an idea, and wonders along with YOU. Filled with beauty and hope, grounded in a range of cultural traditions, and created by artists of national and international renown at the top of their craft, these works will captivate and inspire you — with an unmistakable light that shines from within. You’ll be enriched for the experience.” - Bonnie Schock

Artists of the ENLIGHTEN series step off the stage to connect directly with you, in activities that include artist talks, workshops, post-show discussions, receptions, and more. Look for details of these enhancement activities on each event page and on the Education and Outreach page about 4 weeks in advance.

Click for details and to buy tickets to events on this series:

ETHEL with Robert Mirabal, The River: October 1
Martha Redbone, Bone Hill: The Concert: October 9
Ifrikya Spirit, on tour as part of Center Stage: October 15
Test Pilot, a dance opera: October 29
Song of Wonder: November 12
Jomama Jones in Radiate!: January 13 -14
Brian Brooks Moving Company, Wilderness: April 28

Preview the ENLIGHTEN series in the video below.

Some activities on this series are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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