Digging Up the Ghosts of Modern Dance
Emily Gastineau reviews "Appalachian Spring Break," the latest from choreographer Scott Heron, which revives (and plays against) the well-worn gestures of Martha Graham.
I’m sitting in the audience at Bryant-Lake Bowl, waiting for Scott Heron and Brendan Connelly’s new work App…
Appalachian Spring Break, with choreography by Scotty Heron and music by Brendan Connelly. Photo by Gil Birman, courtesy of Bryant Lake Bowl.
Fuck Your Honeymoon
phillip andrew bennett low has been neck-deep in the Fringe Festival for more than a decade—making and performing in shows every year, reviewing them for a variety of media outlets when he's not on stage himself. But his honeymoon with Lady Fringe is over. What now?
...and as the curtain speech concludes, the lights dim, and I hear a voice to my right mumble “That’s new.”…
phillip andrew bennett low doing his thing. Photo by Dennis Zerwas, Jr courtesy of DZ Photography
Dancing the Brave New World
Curator and writer Mary Coyne reviews the new works featured in this year's Momentum showcase, by Luke Olson-Elm, Hiponymous, Nic Lincoln, and Angharad Davies.
Over the course of two weekends in July, four new evening-length choreographic works were presented at the Southern Theater.…
Hiponymous (Renée Copeland and Genevieve Muench). Photo: Gene Pittman
In Practice: Curator Sarah Schultz
Lightsey Darst and curator Sarah Schultz on work vs. jobs (and what lies between), the vagaries of chance, and balancing a sense of agency with acceptance in dealing with both.
Sarah Schultz is an independent curator and formerly Curator of Public Practice and Director of Education at the Walker Art Center. She lives in New York City and Minneapolis.Choose one: prairie, coast, mountain, hillside, sea.…
Sarah Schultz, photo courtesy of the author
Burn the Maps
The demographics and economic realities of rural America are shifting. The dividing lines between country and city spheres are increasingly fluid. Art of the Rural founder, Matthew Fluharty, makes a case for rejecting calcified notions of “rural art” and redrawing a geography of the cultural center (and periphery) accordingly.
It is significant that the common image of the country is now an image of the past, and the common image of the city an image of the future. That leaves, if we isolate them, an undefined present.…
Illustration by Emmet Byrne for Mn Artists and Walker Art Center
Time Enough for Dance
Anna Marie Shogren unpacks the ideal of “evening-length” dance, the quirks of audience attention and institutional prestige, and what it means to make fully realized work.
We humans are fascinated by time. It is a cause for much wonder and preoccupation. We attempt to gauge it, worry we’ve lost it, watch it go by. The artist who works in time tries to balance audience engagement through energetic features and rhythm, in an att…
Photo by Sonja Langford, courtesy of Unsplash
Lost Voices Found
Linda Shapiro on the upcoming concert paying homage to the promising Minnesota jazz dance choreographers lost in the 1980s to AIDS.
Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company concert coming soon to the O’Shaughnessy promises to deliver a syncopated blast from the past.…
Vintage Minnesota Jazz Dance Company, 1983. Pictured (l to r) Jody Berg, Greg Thul (lost to AIDS), Tony Vierling. Photo: Ken Lau