On March 20th, Bedlam Lowertown will feature four Twin Cities collaborations of live, original groovy music and newly-minted rhythmic dances. These musicians and choreographers were chosen to create new works based on their passion for rhythm-driven music and dance and their commitment to creating and fostering relationships within the local music and dance scene. The featured collaborations range in genre and style and include spoken word artist Desdamona and B-Girl MonaLisa, solo guitarist Ben Abrahamson and dancer Ruth Glaeser, brass band Brasszilla and tapper Molly Kay Stoltz, and the band Dichotomy featuring Alex Kaufmann with musician Matt Marka and choreographer Jennifer Mack. Each musical group will also play a set throughout the evening, giving the audience a chance to join in on the dance floor.
Although some of these collaborations have worked together in the past, others met for the first time in Jan. 2015. Artists have been directed to create their works from scratch and allow the movement and music to inform each other. The evening will have a fresh, work-in-progress feel and the audience is encouraged to interact with artists during the show. In between pieces the dance floor will open for dancing and socializing.
Minneapolis-based performing artist Molly Kay Stoltz and musician Bob Deboer have joined forces with Erinn Liebhard of Rhythmically Speaking to co-present Visual Grooves: Winter 2015. The first Visual Grooves was presented two years ago at Lee’s Liquor Lounge with jazz band GST and featured dance improvisation and jazz music. For the past 7 years, Rhythmically Speaking has elevated the presence of rhythm-driven dance in the Twin Cities, and has become a staple in the local dance scene. Visual Grooves is expanding on the mission of Rhythmically Speaking to “ignite and unite creators” by creating meaningful opportunities for musicians and dancers to collaborate and perform and to build stronger relationships between the dancers and musicians here in the Twin Cities.