Apr 10, 2013
The Genuine Article
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
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
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'
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 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 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 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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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 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
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?"