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Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
photo: Metzger


Performing Arts
LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE IN RESIDENCE
HALLELUJAH/MINNEAPOLIS


RESIDENCY
FEBRUARY AND APRIL-MAY 2001
PERFORMANCE
JUNE 17, 2001





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.

 
FEBRUARY 19, 2001
HALLELUJAH/MINNEAPOLIS INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
FEBRUARY 21, 2001
INTERACTIVE TRAINING SESSION                
FEBRUARY 22, 2001
"ALL CALL" INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
JUNE 17, 2001
HALLELUJAH/MINNEAPOLIS: IN PRAISE OF BEAUTY AND DISORDER                

 


HALLELUJAH/MINNEAPOLIS: IN PRAISE OF BEAUTY AND DISORDER WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE WALKER AND DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINNESOTA DANCE ALLIANCE, INTERMEDIA ARTS, AND RIMON: THE JEWISH METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ON ARTS AND CULTURE. THE LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE RESIDENCY IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE WALKER'S DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE; THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS; THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS; THE LILA WALLACE-READER'S DIGEST FUND; AND THE NATIONAL DANCE PROJECT OF THE NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, WITH LEAD FUNDING FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AND THE DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, AND ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE ANDREW W. MELLON AND THE PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES, INC. THIS RESIDENCY IS ALSO PART OF MINNESOTA DANCE ALLIANCE'S DANCE INFUSION PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION AND THE MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD THROUGH AN APPROPRIATION BY THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE AND A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS; AND PART OF THICKER THAN WATER: ART AS A FAMILY VALUE®, AN INTERMEDIA ARTS PROGRAM DEDICATED TO BUILDING INTERGENERATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH CREATIVITY, SPONSORED BY TARGET STORES, WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE MEDTRONIC FOUNDATION AND UNITED ARTS. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE MINNEAPOLIS DOWNTOWN COUNCIL AND TOWNEPLACE SUITES BY MARRIOTT.