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JOANNA HAIGOOD/ZACCHO DANCE THEATRE
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY,
AUGUST 25 AND 26, 2000
(RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2000)
525 25TH AVENUE S.E.
(AGRA MARQUETTE GRAIN TERMINALS NEAR 25TH AND UNIVERSITY AVENUES S.E.,
"The scale of these silos is almost overwhelming. Seeing the face of someone from the neighborhood projected to this size will be a powerful experience for the viewer. I want the audience to get lost in the moment . . . to experience the place, their community, with more acute awareness."--Joanna Haigood
In an awe-inspiring tribute to a Minneapolis neighborhood and the cultural
transformation it represents, choreographer-aerial dancer Joanna Haigood
and her Zaccho Dance Theatre visit the Twin Cities to mount a monumentally
scaled site-specific work, Picture Powderhorn, on one of the area's
largest grain silos. To Haigood, these often overlooked, but ever-present
industrial silos are a powerful metaphor for sustenance and revival; they
represent America's abundant food supply and the nourishment of inner-city
communities. Suspended by specially designed riggings, Haigood and company
will perform a breathtaking aerial dance on the face of 120-foot silos,
interacting with both the magnificent projections of New York video artist
Mary Ellen Strom and the architecture itself. The experience will be heightened
by elaborate lighting and an original electronic sound score by Lauren Weinger.
The work culminates Haigood's Walker residency, during which she worked
with area teens exploring the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis.
The teens captured the stories, pace, and sounds of the area, providing
choreographic inspiration for Haigood, and, for Weinger and Strom, the audio-visual
material with which to create the performance's stirring environment of
sound and light. Linked to Haigood's projects based on neighborhoods in
San Francisco (Picture Bayview) and Brooklyn (Picture Red Hook),
Picture Powderhorn is a magical homage to the power and promise of
one of the Twin Cities' changing but not forgotten neighborhoods.
PICTURE POWDERHORN WAS CO-COMMISSIONED BY THE WALKER
AND COPRESENTED WITH THE POWDERHORN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION. THE
JOANNA HAIGOOD/ZACCHO DANCE THEATRE RESIDENCY IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART
WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE, THE
ONSITE PERFORMANCE NETWORK (A PROGRAM OF DANCING IN THE STREETS), THE
PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, AND THE
POWDERHORN/CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE.