The dance & theater company has undertaken a community connections program called “Temporary Shelters: Tales from the Minneapolis Tornado” — an initiative to work with, and tell the stories of people who survived the North Minneapolis tornado, not only those whose homes were affected but those who were part of the recovery effort. Those stories will appear in a book that will be presented at the Capri Theater next January.
“A lot of our work incorporates personal experience, explained Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater company’s Kathleen Mukwashi. “The goal of the project is to have a first-person, personal record of an event that happened in our city: to raise awareness that this wasn’t a singular event that happened on one day but it affected lives to a much greater degree.”
“The questions that we ask are: what did you hear, what did you say and what did you feel at the time the tornado hit? A lot of people describe the tornado as being like a train; another person mentioned that they heard chainsaws after the tornado; another person described to us the smell of pine when she left her house, and that was because of all the pine trees in her neighborhood had been broken and split from the tornado.”