The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project opens its 12th season with “In the Margins” at The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.

The performances take place Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. In this evening-length dance concert, Charles and company create an exploration of those who often live “in the margins” of society – an examination of implicit bias as experienced by deaf/hard of hearing communities and women. The highlight will be the premiere of a new work, “To Hear Like Me,” which seeks to bridge the gap between the deaf/hard of hearing community and the hearing community, creating an experience with dance that incorporates American Sign Language (ASL), music visualization and silence within the piece.

Threads will also perform “Femthology,” a compilation of repertory works examining the experience of being female. 

“In the Margins” will have open captioning and ASL interpretation for both shows. There will be a post-show discussion with the audience following the Nov. 16 performance. Guest dance artist Canae Weiss, and ASL interpreters Terryann Nash and Rebecca Demmings, served as ASL consultants and advisors to help bring this artistic vision to life.

Tickets for “In the Margins” are $30. There are discounts for groups, students, seniors, military, and others. For more information and tickets, contact The O’Shaughnessy Ticket Office at (651) 690-6700 or go to

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