May 19, 2011
Theater critic Christy DeSmith reviews Walking Shadow Theatre's unexpectedly timely production, "After the Quake," adapted for the stage from two novellas by Haruki Murakami reflecting on the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan .
Apr 28, 2011
An Encyclopedia of Dance Made Flesh
Dance critic Linda Shapiro offers her take on the first weekend performances of Zenon Dance Company's spring 2011 season, with particular kudos to the "homegrown, world-class artists" among the dancers.
Apr 28, 2011
Dance Us Beyond the Quotidian
Lightsey Darst reviews the recent performances of SCUBA Touring Dance Network at the Southern Theater, and in the process reflects on the bigger question: what do we go to performance for in the first place?
Mar 31, 2011
A New Take on ARENA Dances
Lightsey Darst had an epiphany at the latest performance by ARENA Dances, "I hate myself. Will you please love me?" She says she's been all wrong about the company (led by Mathew Janczewski) up to now - read on to find out why.
Feb 24, 2011
A Hymn for Art, Beauty and Faith
Camille LeFevre parses the recent performance, "Devotion," a provocative new dance work with powerful religious and spiritual overtones by Sarah Michelson and Richard Maxwell, recently on stage at the Walker Art Center.
Feb 3, 2011
10 Reasons to Love the BOMB
Lightsey Darst reports back from this year's 4th annual Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival, on stage last weekend at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, an annual event which she says has truly come into its own.
Feb 1, 2011
The Enduring Mystique of "Swan Lake"
Camille LeFevre muses on what fuels the lasting allure of the romantic ballet staple, "Swan Lake"-- from the recent popular film, "Black Swan," to this week's full-length performance of the work at Northrop, by the Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia.
Dec 23, 2010
In his fourth essay on jazz for mnartists.org and the Walker, Jeremy Walker gives a free-wheeling rumination on what makes a truly "great musician" - from Beethoven, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman to the legends playing right here in the Twin Cities.
Dec 15, 2010
The Mesmerizing Involutions of Justin Jones' JIG
Lightsey Darst previews Justin Jones short new dances, JIG, on stage at the BLB. It's a departure for him, with tropes and trappings not typical to his work, so Darst chats with the choreographer to find out more about this intriguing change in direction.
Dec 3, 2010
Some Thoughts on the 2010 Choreographers' Evening
Lightsey Darst reflects on the Walker's 2010 dance showcase, curated by Susana di Palma. Amid the bright spots and crowd-pleasing moments, she found herself wanting more -- more daring, more innovation, more virtuosity -- from the night's performances.
Dec 2, 2010
Dance Without Reservation
Lightsey Darst saw Zenon's ambitious fall season performance recently, and she came away wowed - by the dancers' passionate performances, by the moving choreography, and by the company's sheer voltage on stage.
Nov 22, 2010
A Story to Tell - Emily Johnson/Catalyst + BLACKFISH
Camille LeFevre reflects on the unusually collaborative, evocative performance by Catalyst Dance and the musical duo James Everest and Joel Pickard (BLACKFISH) - "The Thank-You Bar" - on stage at Northrop recently.
Nov 17, 2010
Lightsey Darst reflects on two performances by relative newcomers to the Twin Cities dance scene: Taja Will ("we are not platonic, unfortunately") and Angharad Davies ("Work Party").
Nov 11, 2010
For his third essay in the series on jazz, co-presented by mnartists.org and the Walker, Jeremy Walker muses on bumpkins and sophisticates, and makes a case for seeking out a little adventure with tips on where to find great live shows in the Twin Cities.
Oct 28, 2010
Dancing on Ballet's Living Edges
Dance critic Lightsey Darst weighs in on two recent ballet performances - Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM's "Dark Matters" at the Walker, and Minnesota Dance Theatre's ambitious, two-weekend fall dance festival, "Enduring Prescience."
Oct 20, 2010
Let's Hear It for the "Farm Team"
Camille LeFevre weighs in on the recent ballet performance by American Ballet Theatre's "farm team" - ABT II - at Northrop, and on the split reactions to the dance program evident in the post-show audience response.
Sep 8, 2010
Jazz is a Bastard
Walker Art Center and mnartists.org are teaming up with composer & pianist Jeremy Walker (Jazz is NOW, Small City Trio) to present a monthly series of essays on jazz as an industry, as a cultural phenomenon, and as a lived art.
Aug 12, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "Bedroom Eyes" by Junkyard Theater
Lightsey Darst reviews a sultry-silly cabaret by MDT ballet dancer Justin Leaf's alter ego, Mistress Ginger, who puts on a song & dance show that specializes in "the songs that got your grandma into bed."
Aug 12, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "Speech!" by Ferrarri McSpeedy
Max Sparber heartily recommends the anarchic, always-witty humor of "Speech!", a lunatic story about the misadventures of a high school debate team by Ferrarri McSpeedy (Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic).
Aug 11, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "#Ringtone" by Alan Berks and Company
Max Sparber reflects on the conundrum of human connection and isolation in the brave new world of social media and internet technologies, as interpreted by Alan Berks' experimental play "#Ringtone."