Announcement: Tickets for Spring Dance Concert: To Love the World Harder


Tickets for To Love the World Harder: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert are now available online at or by calling 507-933-7590. Tickets not sold before the event will be placed on sale one hour prior to curtain at the box office. Gustavus students and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the production. Other tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students.

PLEASE NOTE: All ticket holders age 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result received within 72 hours of the performance. Guests 16 and older must also show a photo ID. Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status.


To Love the World Harder: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

April 7 at 8:00 p.m. | April 8 at 8:00 p.m. | April 9 at 8:00 p.m. | April 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Melissa C. Rolnick and Michele Rusinko
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

“When so much about the world seems so unlovely, seems in fact unlovable, we need to love more, not less – we need to love the world harder and better. Our thinking, our writing, and our actions must be born in loving kindness and devoted to truth telling. Kindness matters. Telling the truth matters, . . . “ - Deborah Jacobs, editor of Stone Gathering
As dance artists we are called to investigate the unprecedented challenges of the past year through the felt experience of the body. These somatic investigations are also “born in loving kindness and devoted to truth telling.” Grief and gratitude, anxiety and relief, despair and hope, all imprinted into our somatic memories, provide the raw materials for our inquiries. This year’s concert features work by faculty choreographers Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa C. Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, guest choreographers Karla Grotting and Jeffrey Peterson, and students Claire Drapeau '22 and Hannah Saunders '22.