Jan 26, 2010
Never Dropping a Beat
"Local talent in both these forms runs deep - it's about time someone offered these artists a place at the table." Lightsey Darst, on the recent pairing of Kenna Sarge's African-inflected dance with the hip-hop footwork of The Battlecats at the Southern.
Jan 25, 2010
Musician Edward Schneider profiles the Tuesday Night experimental music series, a 10-year-old program that is finding new audiences and, just maybe, a permanent home at the Art of This gallery in Minneapolis.
Jan 19, 2010
A Spirit of Yes: "Call Cutta in a Box"
Quinton Skinner reports back on the "intercontinental phone play" by Rimini Protokoll, presented as part of the Walker's "Out There" series through January 31. He's not sure whether it succeeds or fails as theater, but its heart, he says, is sound.
Jan 13, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Adam Linz
Jazz writer Pamela Espeland begins a series of features for mnartists.org: conversations with local musicians on the nature and practice of improvisation. First up is Adam Linz, a bassist and composer (Fat Kid Wednesdays) and MacPhail's Jazz Coordinator.
Dec 11, 2009
No Laughing Matter
Jaime Kleiman chats with Joseph & Sarah Scrimshaw about their new entrepreneurial venture, Joking Envelope, which aims to capitalize on the performer's successes in the improv and Fringe scenes to create a haven for new writing for the stage.
Dec 10, 2009
Choreography for Body and Camera
Lightsey Darst profiles the Dance Film Project, a yearly festival which aims to build a dance film community in Minnesota. The second annual festival was organized by John Koch and Vanessa Voskuil, and will be at Intermedia Arts Dec 11-12.
Dec 9, 2009
In Our Own Image: Movement Architecture's "Ode to Dolly"
Camille LeFevre recently took in "Ode to Dolly, the Sheep, Inter Alia" (at the New California Gallery through December 13); she found it to be a trenchant, albeit occasionally squirm-inducing, look into the issues surrounding human cloning.
Dec 4, 2009
On Spectacle and Storytelling
Theater critic Quinton Skinner weighs in on the touring Broadway production of the 2008 Tony Award-winner, "In the Heights," on stage at the Orpheum through December 6.
Dec 2, 2009
A Critic's Reflections on Choreographers' Evening 2009
Lightsey Darst reflects on the offerings at this year's Choreographers' Eve showcase, curated by BodyCartography Project, and on the lively (often heated) audience conversation online that has followed in its wake.
Nov 23, 2009
On Mood and Motivation
Dance critic Lightsey Darst offers some thoughts on Zenon's new fall season production at the Ritz -- she found the show crowd-pleasing and the dancing exciting to watch, but is left with some questions about the motivations undergirding the movement.
Nov 18, 2009
To Appreciate or to Feel? That is the Question
Lightsey Darst elegantly deconstructs her experience of "The Good Dance," as envisioned by Brooklyn's Reggie Wilson and Senegal's Andreya Ouamba; in the process, she offers trenchant insights about the varied ways art may work on the viewer.
Oct 28, 2009
The Boundaries of Force and Harm
Theater critic Quinton Skinner weighs in on Mixed Blood's new production, Lynn Nottage's "Ruined", directed by Aditi Kapil. He calls it a "play of startling intelligence and acuity," a powerful story of survival in extremity.
Oct 7, 2009
What the Heart Wants
Lightsey Darst gives a glimpse into the underpinnings of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater's new production, "Tales from the Book of Longing," which investigates the adult complexities of want, desire, and yearning.
Sep 23, 2009
Dance the Unending Monsoon
Lightsey Darst weighs in on Ananya Dance Theatre's new work, "Ashesh Barsha,", the final installment in their performance trilogy on the environmental crisis. Plus: A preview of Ragamala's "Dhvee (Duality)", created with Çudamani, Oct 1 & 2.
Sep 18, 2009
Winners by any other name: The Ivey Awards
Jaime Kleiman offers a mini-history of the TC theater bash-that-could, the democratic-minded Ivey Awards. This year's "honorees," selected by a pool of 150 avid theatergoers, will be recognized in an awards ceremony September 21 at LaSalle Plaza.
Sep 16, 2009
The Play and Power of Women in Hip-hop: B-Girl Be
Lightsey Darst reflects on Intermedia Arts' annual month-long celebration of women in hip-hop -- think you don't like this kind of thing? "Go anyway," Darst says. These b-girls will surprise and delight you.
Aug 7, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: "Tales ... of the Expected" by Ari Hoptman
Max Sparber appreciated Ari Hoptman's dry, quirky wit very much -- read on for Sparber's take on the production, which he says is inspired by early MAD MAGAZINE and Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tales" in equal measure.