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2019–20 Performing Arts Series

Hiplet Ballerinas

  • Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. | Edson Auditorium
The only company in the world to perform the signature trademark style, Hiplet Ballerinas of Chicago, Illinois fuse classical pointe technique with African, Latin, Hip-Hop, and urban dance styles rooted in communities of color. Promoting inclusivity in both their cast and audience, Hiplet features true-toned tights, modern music, and dancers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Since going viral in 2016 thanks to appearances on Good Morning America and Buzzfeed, the company has amassed over a billion views on YouTube, starred in a feature documentary, made a cameo in Shawn Mendes’ “Youth” music video, and performed across the world. The Hiplet Ballerinas are also often found in high-fashion campaigns such as the runways of Paris Fashion Week.


  • Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. | Edson Auditorium
Minneapolis based SHAPESHIFT is a hip-hop/contemporary storytelling dance company that uses a fusion of dance styles to create powerful theatrical productions tackling issues of social justice, loss, love, and human emotions. SHAPESHIFT, a multicultural dance collective, has performed in esteemed venues such as the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, the XCEL Energy Center, and the Kennedy Center. 

David L. Harris

  • Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. | Edson Auditorium
African American trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger David L. Harris embodies the edge of modern jazz and the sultriness of blues. Every time he steps on stage, David takes listeners on the emotionally engaging journey of love and liberation, wrapped in a sound that embraces the groove, grit, and swing of the past. He has captured and moved audiences in China, Europe, Taiwan, Russia, South America, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and in over twenty cities in Japan. His masterful team joins him in this endeavor, most recently with the critically-acclaimed “Blues I Felt,” Harris’ debut album.

Russian String Orchestra

  • Saturday, April 25, 7: 30 p.m. | Edson Auditorium
Moscow’s finest young string ensemble, the Russian String Orchestra, brings its trademark virtuosity, high energy, and warmth to Rockport. Founded in 1991 under the baton of music director Misha Rachlevsky, the Russian String Orchestra delivers impassioned performances that linger in the soul long after the last note resonates. The orchestra’s discography of over thirty CDs has received widespread international acclaim with critics’ choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in the New York Times, and Record of the Year in Hong Kong. Experiencing the Russian String Orchestra will move your soul.


Tickets may be ordered online, by phone at 320-589-6077, by mail through the 2019–20 Performing Arts Series brochure, or in person at the University of Minnesota, Morris Office of Student Activities, lower level of the Student Center. Season ticket buyers will receive a packet of tickets for all events upon purchase. Individual event tickets sold in advance will be mailed out two weeks before each event. Free 20-minute parking is available around Cougar Circle. Unpaid reservations are not accepted. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Ticket Prices


Patrons $100
Benefactors $150
Sustainer $200

Season tickets:

Great savings! Best seats! Vital support of the arts! Save more than 30% when you purchase season tickets—it’s like seeing one event for free!

Adult $52
Family $140
Faculty/Staff $48
Senior $32
Youth $32
UMM Student $16

Individual Performances:

Adult $20
Senior $15
Youth $15
UMM Student $7

Tickets may be ordered by mail or in person at the UMM Student Activities Office. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone. Unpaid reservations are not accepted. Tickets are not refundable. For more information please contact:

UMM Office of Student Activities

House Policies

The house will be opened 30 minutes before curtain, with the approval of the performers. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management. Use of cameras, recording devices, pagers, and cellular phones are prohibited during performances.


The Student Center and Edson Auditorium are accessible to people with disabilities. Phonic Ear Enhancement systems are available to amplify stage dialogue or music. TTY service is available through the UMM Information Center at 320-589-6123. All events are wheelchair accessible.

To request disability accommodations, please contact the University of Minnesota, Morris Disabilities Services at 320-589-6178 at your earliest convenience, but no later than 48 hours prior to each event.


Free event parking is available in the North Parking Lot and West Parking Lot. Convenient passenger drop-off points and handicapped parking spots are located at both the north and south entrances of the Student Center.

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