Aug 9, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Selkie" by Scotia Productions
Camille LeFevre saw one of the two shows (!) based on selkie mythology, "The Selkie," on opening night -- a blend of Scottish dance with contemporary movement and gesture, she found it sweet and heartfelt, if a little wet behind the ears.
Jul 28, 2010
Reading the Multiverse
Lightsey Darst gives a playful but close reading of the recent dance performances by Chris Yon ("The Infinite Multiverse") and Johanna Meyer and Judy Bauerlein ("Stroll").
Jul 15, 2010
The Summer of Camp
Writer and actor Sheila Regan responds to the Jungle's new production of Charles Ludlam's camp classic, "The Mystery of Irma Vep." She calls it "part Monty Python, part Punch and Judy, raucous and smart."
Jul 14, 2010
Transformations in Progress
Lightsey Darst weighs in on the premieres recently offered up by the 2008/09 McKnight Artist Fellows in dance in the McKnight SOLO show: Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipl, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman, and Roxanne Wallace-Patterson.
Jun 29, 2010
Returning to "Smithsoniansmith"
Lightsey Darst responds to "Smithsoniansmith" by Hijack and Heron, recently on stage at Open Eye Theatre. She first saw the show last fall and revisits it anew here - in the process making a persuasive case for re-viewing such performance, in general.
Jun 17, 2010
The Collision Artists
Lightsey Darst previews two intriguing new dance works by Penelope Freeh and Megan Mayer (both recently named McKnight Fellows) on stage at the Southern June 17 - 19.
Jun 2, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Stefan Kac
Jazz writer Pamela Espeland continues her series on improvisation with musician Stefan Kac, a composer, educator, improviser and passionate tuba player with one foot in jazz and the other in classical music.
May 26, 2010
Surprise Me - Hunting for New Dance at "Renovate"
Lightsey Darst gives the lowdown on the performances at the 3rd Annual "Renovate" choreography showcase at the Ritz, detailing the mix of surprises, familiar pleasures, and valiant failures among this year's offerings.
May 20, 2010
The Serious Business of "My Fair Lady"
Quinton Skinner reviews Ten Thousand Things' stripped-down production of the classic musical, "My Fair Lady." This version, he says, gets at the heart of "the damned serious business" of a desperate girl on society's margins who dares to dream for more.
May 10, 2010
The Center Does Not Hold
Lightsey Darst was eager to see TU Dance's "Sense(ability)," choreographer Uri Sands' first evening-length work, but ended up frustrated by the "undigested agglomeration" of its many intriguing, but ultimately only superficially connected elements.
May 5, 2010
Quinton Skinner weighs in on So Percussion's recent performance at the Southern Theater, which included the world premiere of a new work by local composer Mary Ellen Childs and pieces, old and new, by Steve Reich, David Lang, and Steve Mackey.
Apr 29, 2010
The Audacity of the Solo
After Saburo Teshigawara's recent performance, "Miroku" at the Walker, Camille LeFevre examines the impetus behind a choreographer's desire to create a solo piece for him/herself, looking at the hubris, virtuosity, sheer endurance such a task requires.
Apr 21, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty
Jazz writer Pamela Espeland continues her series on improvisation with Pat Moriarty and Ellen Lease, wed for 30 years and the principals behind the Ellen Lease/Pat Moriarty Quintet, homing in on the give and take of musical partnership.
Apr 15, 2010
Quinton Skinner reviews Mixed Blood's production of Kristoffer Diaz's pro-wrestling fable, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," and finds that beyond the body slams, there's a nuanced story about idealism and the American Dream.
Apr 12, 2010
On Location in "Cubicle"
Camille LeFevre has been watching Skewed Visions' monthly webcast, "Cubicle," and finds the series' genre-bending ruminations on place, work, and life in the modern office to be, on the whole, both intriguing and enlightening.
Mar 11, 2010
The Long Way Home
Akram Khan Company's touring work, "bahok," was on stage last week at Northrop. Camille LeFevre weighs in on the performance, calling it a moving, elegant homage to the universal, often unfulfilled human longing for a "true" home.
Mar 11, 2010
Paradise Lost (or Found)
Camille LeFevre muses on "Heaven," a new dance work by Morgan Thorson and the musicians of Low, recently on stage at the Walker. She finds it an eloquent, if ambivalent meditation on perfection, the sacred, and humanity's tenuous access to the divine.
Mar 9, 2010
Paying Tribute to the King
Quinton Skinner previews the "King for Two Days" music festival -- a send-up to the many bands and ensemble projects in which Twin Cities musician Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple) has a hand and a testament to the percussionist's achievement.
Mar 4, 2010
Cather's Prairie Classic, from Page to Stage
Britt Aamodt reviews "My Antonia," a new play by Allison Moore, directed by Illusion Theater's Michael Robins, calling the classic novel's translation to the stage a near-impossible achievement, but one the ensemble has pulled off ably.
Feb 24, 2010
Dancing Outside the Lines
Lightsey Darst previews "Minneapolis New Breed," a dance showcase at the Southern (February 25-28) featuring the talents of three up-and-coming ensembles: Mad King Thomas, SuperGroup, and Lamb Lays with Lion.
Feb 24, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Milo Fine
Jazz writer Pamela Espeland continues her series of features on the nature and practice of improvisation, this time with an engaging, candid interview with polymathic musician and veteran improviser, Milo Fine.
Feb 9, 2010
Experiments in Motion
Dance writer Lightsey Darst offers her thoughts on James Sewell Ballet's winter performance, "Ballet Works Project" at the Southern. It's an exploration, she says, "in which what to move, how, and why are all up for debate."
Feb 3, 2010
Building Bridges to Make "One Nation"
Writer Eva Apelqvist previews the upcoming performance of selections from Kevin McMullin's "One Nation" - a symphonic marriage of orchestral music, by Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and the Native American drum songs of the Pipestone group.
Jan 28, 2010
The Big Reveal
Lightsey Darst talks about the art of the striptease with two of the performers behind the crowd-pleasing Best of the Midwest Burlesk Festival, on stage at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis January 28-30.