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50 minute dance performance
Created and Performed by DaNCEBUMS
Dramaturgy by Morgan Thorson
Music by Eric Mayson, Frankie Cosmos, St. Vincent, Oneohtrix Point Never
Set and Costume design by DaNCEBUMS
Technical Design by Ross Orenstein
Lighting Design by Søren Olsen
Photography by Bill Cameron
Trailer by John Mark

Special Thanks to: Morgan Thorson, Steve Busa, Miriam Must, Third Space, Hiponymous, Aeysha Kinnunen, Galen Higgins, Gretchen Pick, Shay Berkowitz and Phyllis Wiener, Erin Thompson, Kristin and Peter Kowler, Molly Davy, Katelyn Farstand, Anne and Jim Zepp, Dave and Janie Johnson, Jeff Shockley, Tom Lloyd, Syniva Whitney, Will Courtney, Bill Cameron, John Mark, Emma Barber

This flirtatious performance grows from nothingness into a swelling and heroic climax, along the way investigating a fluid power between us all. Inspired by imaginary intimacies, this dancing encounter unfolds across a terrain of skin.

must be | or what i’m looking for was first performed alongside My Only Option was SABOTAGE by Taja Will. Developed in part in the Red Eye Theater's Isolated Acts program.

"Ingenuity meets ecstasy in a new piece by Dancebums" by Sheila Regan
Press Release a PDF by DaNCEBUMS.


DaNCEBUMS is Margaret Johnson, Kara Motta, Eben Kowler, Maggie Zepp, and Karen McMenamy. Tightly bonded by dancing, these friends lived together in a brick house in NE Minneapolis, MN from 2010 to 2012. During their two-year residency in this home, they produced a trio of original dance theater performances in their single-car garage.

DaNCEBUMS is a new name for a long-standing partnership. Since 2013, DaNCEBUMS have been performing thoughtful and provocative dance work in the Twin Cities. Their collaboration is based on mutual love and respect for each other, systems of support, and togetherness.

DaNCEBUMS have presented their work at Public Functionary, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis Theater Garage, Crowles Center for Dance, The Southern Theater, Kitty Cat Klub, Red Eye Theater, and on broadcast live on CTV15 from the Lee & Rose Coliseum.