Since 1976, Washington, D.C.-based choreographer-cultural activist Liz Lerman has been a national pioneer in defining ways that innovative art-making can be linked intrinsically to community-building. She proposes a radical redefinition of artistic hierarchies: democratizing the art-making process and constructing creative and equitable relationships between visiting and local artists, veteran and first-time performers, presenter and creator, artist and community. In partnership with the Minnesota Dance Alliance, Intermedia Arts, and numerous community organizations, the Walker Art Center is developing Lerman's new community-based dance-theater work, Hallelujah/Minneapolis: In Praise of Beauty and Disorder, commissioned by the Walker.
One of the largest and most complex residency initiatives the Walker has supported in recent years, Hallelujah/Minneapolis involves a series of visits to plan cooperative work with community organizations, local artists, Walker staff, and copresenting partners. In February, Lerman and members of her company offered local groups and individuals the opportunity to develop performance works that reflect the participants' celebration of everyday life. The company returns in April and May 28-June 17 to finalize the performance components with the various community partners. The residency concludes with a single performance of Hallelujah/Minneapolis in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on Sunday, June 17.
Lerman and company offered three free workshops in conjunction with their February weeklong residency. For more information on the workshops, follow the links below. For additional information on the overall Lerman residency, please call 612.375.7625.