Gabriel Rodreick aka Freaque – A Cripple’s Dance

This show is open to middle school students.


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:30pm


The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

About the Show

After suffering a tragic spinal cord injury as a teen, Gabriel Rodreick aka Freaque, has built a career as a musician, and now is also performing as a dancer. The show will include both music and dance, in collaboration with fellow artists.

Contains mature themes and language. Children should be 12 years of age or older to attend this performance. Childcare will be provided for those under the age of 12. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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This show is open to middle school students.

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, The Southern Theater, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • Here is a segment of a recent interview done with Cedar Cultural Center, where the artist discusses the title of the performance:
    ‘The title A Cripple’s Dance just kind of came to me.  Since my injury, I have come to realize that dancing is one of things that I miss the most.  Just being able to move my whole body with or without music. I decided I wanted to make music that expresses my desire to dance again.  Naturally, I thought to myself, I should dance, shouldn’t I. I can still move some of my body, why not just go for it and see how it goes.A Cripple’s Dance is a juxtaposition in my mind: when you think of a cripple and s/he can’t move her/his body–it’s different.  Then you think of dance and it’s a free expression and so combining these two things: I am a cripple who wants to dance. Also, taking back the word “cripple,” because it’s not politically correct. I think it’s a pretty provocative title in my mind.’
  • What does it mean to you to “take back” a controversial word? How might this artist be using language to fuel the performance?
  • Gabriel was sixteen when this devastating injury occurred. Yet the art did not vanish. How do we as humans continue to create and build and live, after significant pain and loss?

Find the Venue



An interview with Gabriel Rodreick