French Twist

Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence Flying Foot Forum

French Twist
Jun 22 – Jul 15, 2018

Directed and Choreographed by Joe Chvala
Comic Dance Theatre

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Immerse yourself in gorgeous music, theatrical storytelling and percussive dance set in a Parisian nightclub. This mash up fuses vaudeville, tap, cabaret, follies and opera to evoke Americans’ wildest imaginings of life in the City of Light. “A Francophile’s dream: or rather, an absinthe-soaked, fantastical mélange of hyper-kinetic dancing, rapid-fire rhyming, wildly inventive percussion, live on-stage music and vibrantly patterned costuming.” – Camille LeFevre, Star Tribune


“It’s eclectic, fun, wild, and of course there’s the can-can.”   
 – Founding Artistic Director Joe Chvala.


Featuring the talents of Jeremy Bensussan, Jan Campbell, Joe Chvala, JP Fitzgibbons, Karla Grotting, Michael Hasenmueller, Brandon Jackson, Eric Jensen, Kaleena Miller, Falicia Nichole, Peter O’Gorman, Charles Robison and Molly Kay Stoltz.


Artistic Staff
Flying Foot Forum Artistic Director – Joe Chvala
Flying Foot Forum Artistic Associate – Karla Grotting
Set Design – Robin McIntyre and Joe Chvala
Costume Design – Cindy Forsgren and Joe Chvala
Lighting Design – Robin McIntyre
Sound Design – Cody Anderson
Stage Managers – Rachel Lantow, Megan Fae Dougherty
Film Created by Steve Campbell and Joe Chvala
Music Created by Eric Jensen, Victor Zupanc, Joe Chvala
French Language and Culture Consultant – Lydia Otero Savonitto
Jojo’s Wig and Facial Hair – Paul Bigot

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 7:30pm – Works in Progress July 2 & 9 feature developing new works by Flying Foot Forum company members. See details below.
P – Preview
B – 99¢ Bargain Preview
D – Post-show Discussion
O – Opening Night
AD – Audio Description
C – Open Captioning

Special Events

Work in Progress:
Monday, July 2   7:30 PM
Monday, July 9   7:30 PM
Pay as you are able performances. No advance sales.

Featuring a number of works in progress by Flying Foot Forum company members.

Both nights include:

  • A segment based on the novel Dreamland by Kevin Baker, an epic tale based around two historic fires– Coney Island’s Dreamland Fire and The Triangle Factory Fire.
  • Karla Grotting’s work set to folk music
  • 20-minute segment from the film Split Rock Shuffle—a sort of Chaplinesque percussive dance adventure filmed in Minnesota locations including Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, SS William A. Irvin, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Canal Park Lighthouse, the Turnblad Mansion at the American Swedish Institute and the James J. Hill House.

July 2 also includes:

  • Flamenco piece by Molly Kay Stoltz
  • Percussion piece by Rush Benson and Charles Robison

July 9 also includes:

  • Tap work by Jeremy Bensussan
  • Music theater piece based on the Norwegian folk tale East of the Sun and West of the Moonby Natalie Nowytski and Laurel Sandberg Armstrong



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