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Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith were already names in New York dance circles when, in the mid-1990s, they were among the early wave of choreographers to pick up stakes to ply their art in the more attractive economic climate of Minnesota. Shapiro & Smith soon influenced the standards for contemporary dance in the Twin Cities. In October 2006, Shapiro died of cancer, at just 48, and Smith has carried on their company. During a dress rehearsal for Medea Medea, on stage this weekend at the Southern Theater, Smith talks with 3-Minute Egg about the spiritual, psychological and artistic shifts she has made since her husband’s death.