Performing Arts

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.
Jan 25, 2013
Dress Meets Dancing Body
Camille LeFevre

Rei Kawakubo’s costumes for Merce Cunningham’s company created a best-case scenario: a classic in the annals of modern dance, artistic collaboration and fashion history.
Jan 17, 2013
Rude Mechs and Out There: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Our dance columnist reports back from the first show in the Walker's annual Out There festival: a playful physical theater work, "The Method Gun," by the Texas-based company, Rude Mechs.
Jan 17, 2013
You Are Hear: Lucky 13 (January 2013)

For our first episode of 2013, coincidentally our 13th-ever edition of the podcast, host Brian Beatty interviews blues man Charlie Parr about storytelling through music.
Jan 14, 2013
(Re)Making a Better World: A Conversation with Charles Campbell
Jay Orff

As a founding member of Skewed Visions, Charles Campbell has been bringing innovative theater to the Twin Cities for 16 years. In this far-ranging conversation, writer Jay Orff and Campbell hit on creativity, collaboration, and the limits of language.
Jan 6, 2013
(Another) Farewell to SpaceSpace: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

This week Lightsey Darst reports back from the end-of-year closing of SpaceSpace, a third incarnation of the ad hoc dancer-run performance space founded in the nineties by Paula Mann, Shawn McConneloug and Georgia Stephens.
Dec 20, 2012
You Are Hear: Gifted (December 2012)

For our last episode of 2012, we end the first year of our monthly literary podcast as we began it, with new stories by Britt Aamodt and host Brian Beatty.
Dec 13, 2012
Hay Days: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst did the Deborah Hay "three-peat" last week, taking in all three performances in the Walker Art Center's mini-festival of the contemporary dance explorer.
Dec 7, 2012
Jeremy Walker

Composer and pianist Jeremy Walker weighs in on the MN Orchestra and SPCO lockouts: the hotly contested issues of pay for professional musicians, spendy capital campaigns and what we all stand to lose if the concert halls stay silent much longer.
Dec 6, 2012
Out of Context: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reports back from a dance she saw recently, out of the usual context of stage and theater and situated instead in a private living room alongside performances of poetry, music and informal audience participation.
Nov 30, 2012
The More Things Change: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst is thinking about history in local dance, and its reach into the present, by way of three recent shows: TU Dance's fall concert, Choreographers' Eve at 40 years old and Zenon's 30th anniversary season.
Nov 15, 2012
Before the Big Show: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

This week Lightsey Darst sits in on a TU Dance rehearsal, a fly on the wall as the dancers and choreographer Uri Sands prepare for the company's fall concert at the O'Shaughnessy, November 16-18.
Nov 7, 2012
NYC Ballet and 'Super Nature': the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

For this week's column, our dance critic Lightsey Darst talks ballet - specifically, the touring performances by New York City Ballet's MOVES project, recently presented by Northrop Dance.
Nov 5, 2012
Art of the Steal
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan considers two shows: recent unauthorized performances of famous choreographers' dance solos and Broc Blegen's conceptual art recreations, now at the MIA. She asks: Is this sort of appropriation plagiarism or homage? Fair use or naked theft?
Oct 26, 2012
Joie Musicale
Jeremy Walker

Our music columnist, pianist and composer Jeremy Walker, ponders his teenaged son's deceptively simple question about making a career in the music industry -- not about the money or other practical concerns, but this: "Is being a musician a good life?"
Oct 25, 2012
SAGE Awards, Bharatanatyam and Voices of Strength: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Our dance columnist has been busy: Lightsey Darst was at the SAGE Awards and on hand for a night of virtuosic bharatanatyam (both at Cowles), and she's still wrestling with an unsettling, powerful performance in the Walker's 'Voices of Strength' series.
Oct 24, 2012
"Nice Fish:" An Interview in Two Acts
Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek interviews poet Louis Jenkins and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance about their collaboration on the play "Nice Fish" and its evolutions from page to stage, as they prepare for the Guthrie's world premiere this spring.
Oct 16, 2012
Seeking Judith Howard: the week in local dance
Lightsey Darst

For this week's column, Lightsey Darst profiles longtime Twin Cities dancer and choreographer, Judith Howard -- "there's hardly anyone in the dance scene who influences from so many angles," she says. "Howard's touch shows up all over."
Oct 12, 2012
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Oct 5, 2012
The Password Effect
Jay Orff

Writer Jay Orff parses the spoken word and visual arts experience of Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins' current exhibition at Midway, "Its chiming in Normaltown," on view through October 20.
Oct 5, 2012
'Here & After' and 'Slippery Fish': the week in local dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst saw Time Track Productions' recent "Here and After," with choreography by Paula Mann, media by Steve Paul and original music by cellist Michelle Kinney. Also up: Penny Freeh's collaboration with composer Jocelyn Hagen, "Slippery Fish."
Sep 27, 2012
A National Conversation About Local Work: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Between "McKnight Solo", Joint Project hip hop showcase at Intermedia Arts and following the invite-only circuit for Minnesota Contemporary Dance Platform presented by Northrop and the Walker -- our resident dance critic has had a very busy week.
Sep 21, 2012
From Skin to Desire: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst offers dispatches from two shows, the seductive and provocative "Dim All the Lights" at the BLB, and the much quieter experiment in dance revival - unauthorized performances of Pina Bausch, Deborah Hay and Richard Bull at Ivy Studio 206.
Sep 19, 2012
There Are No Strangers Here
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst begins a new column on dance for us this week with a lovely piece on seeing Ananya Dance Theatre's recent premiere at the Southern and the differences - in the dance, but also in the viewer - which alter the seeing of work over time.
Aug 23, 2012
What the Body Carries
Lightsey Darst

A number of acclaimed dancers talk candidly with writer Lightsey Darst about what it means to "carry your whole life in your body," coping with the risk of serious injury and the inevitable consequences of age on the pursuit of their craft over time.


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