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Marcus Young, Laura Levinson, Nancy Julia Hicks, Masanari Kawahara, and the Don't You Feel It Too? community,
What Will You Dance For? – The Exuberant Activist Body

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Will you dance the Urgent Planet Dance or The Great Impeachment Boogie or the Time’s Up White Supremacy Time Step? “What Will You Dance For?” invites you to practice your wild and embodied resilience and resistance. Try our hybrid form of mind-body training, exuberant art, and street protest. Feel a strange freedom, flow and your brave and loving self. Overcome your fear of making movement in public space. Bring your pocket music, earbuds are provided, and join for one song or more!

Marcus Young 楊墨 makes participatory work at the intersection of art, spirit, and social movement. His work challenges paradigms of who is an artist, how to live mindfully, and what is action. He is founder of Don’t You Feel It Too?—an ongoing street dance practice of inner-life liberation. He is lead faculty and program director for Art for Social Change (HECUA) and stage director for Ananya Dance Theatre.

Laura Levinson (project lead) is a movement artist, healer, and deep believer in the power of communities to hold one another lovingly accountable through growth and change. Laura has been performing and creating work in the Twin Cities for the past 6 years with Aniccha Arts, BareBones Puppets, and a variety of other beloved collaborators.

Nancy Julia Hicks (installation artist) is a non-binary performance artist, printmaker, educator, and poet. They are a recent graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. They have exhibited work in group and solo shows at The Soap Factory, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and other locations.

Masanari Kawahara (mask artist) is a performer, educator, and Butoh practitioner who incorporates puppetry, mask, and movement into his work. Recent works include Speechless by The Moving Company, The Oldest Boy by Jungle Theater, and The Story of Crow Boy with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.

Zoe Cinel is an interdisciplinary artist, community organizer, and educator. Originally from Florence, Italy, her work mainly explores immigrants’ narratives through art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the Walker Art Center, Rochester Art Center, SooVAC among others. She is a member of Carry On Homes and Mirror Lab.

Team CreditsAsher Edes and Keila Anali Saucedo, Project Assistants


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Marcus Young 楊墨
(b.) Hong Kong
(works) Minneapolis
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Laura Levinson
(b.) Denver, CO
(works) Minneapolis
Nancy Julia Hicks
(b.) Houston, TX
(works) Minneapolis
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Masanari Kawahara
(b.) Hiroshima, Japan
(works) Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Zoe Cinel
(b.) Fiesole, Florence
(works) Minneapolis
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