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the body as narrator
presented at Cohesion Center • 1020 Argyle St. Helena, MT

In-person show times: 

Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm (Q&A to follow)

Saturday, May 21 at 4pm (includes sign language interpretation)

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30pm (artist reception to follow)

Sunday, May 22 at 2:00pm

Performance will be In-Person and available via Livestream and On Demand.  

 In-person tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students 18 and under, reduced prices available for those in need.

Tickets for Livestream and On-Demand are $20.

Cohesion Dance Project presents Beyond Words, the body as narrator, a new evening length work conceived by nationally recognized choreographer and Cohesion’s 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Jennifer Glaws. Throughout the performance, dancers ride, reel, and traverse the terrain of narrative and dance. Tall tales, informal stories, folklore, heritage, and small talk are envisioned through diverse movement exploration, media, and sound design. Audiences can expect a contemporary Storytime, that investigates the body, memory, life's moments, and community.

Beyond Words, the body as narrator will be presented May 20-22, 2022 at Cohesion Center’s Backstage Theater, located at 1020 Argyle St in Helena.

Jennifer Glaws, 2022 Artist Resident

Over the past three months, Jennifer and a unique cast of community and professional dancers collaboratively created this series of new works bringing stories to life through movement. The performance features a cast of 25 dancers of all ages and abilities, along with video projection from school outreach programming at Hawthorne and Kessler Schools where participants explored storytelling about history and heritage, using their own stories to generate movement conversations.


Jennifer is a Minnesota-based interdisciplinary artist and artistic director of Jagged Moves, who steers immersive performance experiences that push notions of space, time, and human connection. She is dedicated to the social and developmental rewards of the arts evident in her work as a dance educator, choreographer, director, and photographer. 


Nutcracker on the Rocks

Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks


Created by Shira Greenberg, Artistic Director of Keshet Dance Company  in Albuquerque, NM, this community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the classic holiday tale features the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and more along with a roaring Harley Davidson on stage! One exciting scene after another showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles as audiences are taken on a thrilling journey through the decades, including the roaring 20’s, a sock hop of the 50’s, and flower power of the 60’s.

Artistically blending beginners to professionals in creative partnerships and energetic collaborations this powerful performance seamlessly weaves people of all abilities, including those dancing from their wheelchairs, into the fabric of the choreography.


Exhilarated audiences have experienced heart-warming joy and tears of inspiration upon witnessing the diversity of the cast, the energy leaping out from the stage, and visions of unlimited possibilities.


Originating in Albuquerque, NM, and performed there for 20 years, Helena now holds the prestigious honor of being the only location where this innovative production is staged.


Open auditions for Nutcracker on the Rocks take place Labor Day week in early September, welcoming beginners to professionals, ages 7-adult, of all abilities. Audition sign-ups begin mid August.  Watch for more details to come!


Premiered in Helena in 2013, this favorite is performed annually over Thanksgiving weekend at the Helena Civic Center.


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