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Jul 2, 2013
This Art Show Dares You to Participate
Nathan Young

If there are no labels on the wall, no readily available didactics, how does a viewer navigate oblique, conceptual art to figure out what they're seeing? A new sculpture show at the Soap Factory aims to find out (with mixed results).
Jul 1, 2013
How is a Dance Film Different from a Movie Preview?
Lightsey Darst

The template - beautiful people, beautifully filmed with a sketch of a story or character - is identical. In feature films, what is all that flying, tumbling and artful fighting among superheroes if not dance? What ground does dance film claim for itself?
Jun 24, 2013
Artists Should Be Disappointing Sometimes
Lightsey Darst

Artists who are on the move, who go on exploring and refining what they do—artists worth paying attention to—have to blunder sometimes. If they don’t, how can they find and feel that edge?
Jun 20, 2013
You Are Hear: Over the Moon
mnartists.org

This month's podcast features performed excerpts from WHITE AMERICA, a new play by Reginald Edmund, two-time winner of the Many Voices Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis.
May 30, 2013
Coupling
Lightsey Darst

“You will be disturbed, amused, confused,” writes Lightsey Darst of Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs’ new dance work. “You will suffer moments of enlightenment without content; you will surprise yourself by thinking five thoughts at once.
May 30, 2013
Me, Myself and You
Jeremy Walker

Jeremy Walker premiered 7 PSALMS last month. He says he decided to leave the conventions of club play behind to seek inspiration in classical and other forms outside his own -- and the work ended up being the most "jazz" thing he ever done because of it.
May 16, 2013
Zenon's 30th Season and SuperGroup's Summer Tease
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst writes on Greg Waletski's swan song with Zenon Dance company. She also previews SuperGroup's forthcoming work for Momentum and announces her own plans to leave the Twin Cities "after 13 good years."
May 10, 2013
Remembering John Munger
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst remembers John Munger, "dance everything" in the Twin Cities arts community: dancer and choreographer, student and teacher, a writer and an administrator, an activist and curator, a "human exclamation mark" -- and now, also sorely missed.
May 7, 2013
Women's Choirs Make Solos Seem Lonely
Deborah Carver

Deborah Carver explores the burgeoning Twin Cities women's choral scene - Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Twin Cities Women's Choir and Nona Marie's Anonymous Choir.
May 2, 2013
The Metamorphosis
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst profiles dancer Nic Lincoln -- mercurial, candid, deeply talented and soon to be on stage for YES, an evening of solos by five choreographers: Judith Howard, Megan Mayer, Penelope Freeh, Kristin Van Loon and Wynn Fricke.
May 1, 2013
The Lowdown on the Northrop MOVES 2013-2014 Season
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre breaks down Northrop's newly announced dance season for 2013-2014 with a short-list of shows to watch for: Trisha Brown Dance Company's swan song, Gallim Dance, Wayne McGregor, Kate Weare, Ballet Preljocaj and much more.
Apr 24, 2013
Dreaming a World Into Being
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre says the experience of Emily Johnson's latest dance work, NIICUGNI, is like being immersed in the waking dream of a young woman who, with ancestors and friends, navigates the terrain of memory and art-making.
Apr 13, 2013
Hip-Hop and Race: 4 Things and 5 Things
Toki Wright and Peter Scholtes

Toki Wright, producer, musician; and Peter Scholtes, writer, think about hip-hop--which has been a delightfully complicated meeting ground for a score of cultures and subcultures. This piece ran originally in spring of 2006--have things changed?
Apr 12, 2013
The Exuberance of Young Dance
Lightsey Darst

Ballet, like many classical arts, begins with form, discipline, steps - not improvisational play and feeling. And authority comes later—so much later that most students (and many professionals) never get there. Not so with Young Dance.
Apr 10, 2013
The Genuine Article
Jeremy Walker

Composer and jazz columnist Jeremy Walker on the conundrum of authenticity, the turmoil behind the disputes at both orchestras and obstinacy turned malignant, and the ironies of twee nostalgia driven by the collective urge toward genuine soulfulness.
Apr 5, 2013
The Disappearing Dance Curator
Lightsey Darst

Both Cowles and the Southern have forsaken curated performance seasons for rentals and bottom line-friendly shows; Walker's dance-focused curator was recently laid off. Lightsey Darst asks, "Are dance curators a luxury we can't afford? Does it matter?"
Mar 20, 2013
1001 Buddhas: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

A dispatch from the rehearsals for Ragamala's world premiere '1001 Buddhas: Voyage of the Gods,' bharatanatyam dance and taiko drumming exploring the cross-pollination between Japan and India as Buddhism spread through Asia.
Mar 13, 2013
Casting 'Nice Fish'
Connie Wanek

In the second installment of her Interview in Two Acts, Connie Wanek chats with Duluth-based poet-turned-playwright Louis Jenkins and actor/director Mark Rylance about the casting process of 'Nice Fish,' set to open at the Guthrie in April.
Mar 7, 2013
A Storm of Beats: Zorongo Flamenco Dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst visits a rehearsal for Zorongo's upcoming show, March 8 - 10, new dance works by Susana di Palma inspired by the "mad woman" verses by Nobel-winning Chilean poet, Gabriela Mistral.
Feb 28, 2013
Risk and Reward: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reviews James Sewell Ballet's annual showcase of new ballet works by emerging and established choreographers, BALLET WORKS PROJECT, recently on stage at Tek Box in the Cowles Center for Performing Arts.
Feb 15, 2013
A Phoenix Rising: Elayna Waxse
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst profiles dancer Elayna Waxse: what happened when she lost her passion for ballet, found a new fire, and came back to dance in a way neither she nor anyone else ever expected.
Feb 7, 2013
What Do You Want to See?
Lightsey Darst

After a week packed to the gills with dance - burlesque, avant garde, modern - Lightsey Darst found them all to be precisely what, in the moment, she wanted to see: "How did these performances make me so want what they had to offer?
Feb 1, 2013
Queer Freedom: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

A dispatch from Jaime Carrera's Outlet performance series and Trajal Harrell & Co's "(M)imosa/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (M)" show in the Out There festival at the Walker.
Jan 31, 2013
Good Music for Bad Times
Jeremy Walker

Music columnist Jeremy Walker offers a playlist for unsettling times: "The noise of division and cynicism, exploitation and condescension, and oligarchical finger wagging are silenced by this music's sound and beauty, at least for a moment."
Jan 28, 2013
'Hip Hop' Cracks Open the Cowles: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

For dance to own a place, Darst says, we have to break down its rules and go at them cockeyed. She never felt the new Cowles crack its cold facade--until J-Sun's "Hip Hop!" when the venue felt like a high school gym, in the best possible way.

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