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2010-2011 Performing Arts Season


247 Artists
5 Commissions
3 World Premieres
13 Countries
6 U.S. Debuts
22 Events

40 Years of Groundbreaking International Performance

The Walker offers Twin Cities audiences some of the most original, daring, and unforgettable live performing art experiences available anywhere in the world. Many of these projects share a joyous disregard of standard artistic disciplinary boundaries—jazz composers collaborate with filmmakers, dancers join puppeteers, theater artists integrate film into their pieces, and choreographers create “living installations” in a gallery.

The season features a five-part Adventures in New Puppetry series, showcasing virtuosic works from South Africa, Latvia, Canada, England, and Minnesota. This year’s celebrated Out There festival of alternative performance features a full spectrum of thrilling work drawn from across Europe. Join us to welcome the return of acclaimed artists Ralph Lemon, Eiko & Koma, the Kronos Quartet, Gob Squad, and Improbable Theatre as well as many voices from across the world new to Minnesota.

Philip Bither
McGuire Senior Curator, Performing Arts

Season Preview with Philip Bither

The public is invited to a free 2010–2011 Performing Arts Season Preview on Thursday, September 9, at 7 pm in the McGuire Theater. Performing arts senior curator Philip Bither presents videos, music, and backstories for the intriguing new projects, major commissions, boundary-bending collaborations, returning eminent artists, and fresh voices from across the world that make up this rousing season.


The upper balcony of the McGuire Theater is the place to meet the artists, talk about the show, and enjoy a drink ($5 wine, $3 beer, $2 soda). Open after all performances and before select shows.


Connect with the Artists

Activities include workshops, discussions, openingnight celebrations, open rehearsals, or even the chance to perform. We look forward to your participation in the unique experiences these programs have to offer. For details and audio/video clips for each project, click each of the season’s related events listed below.

Walker Channel

Watch live webcasts of Walker programs, such as Making Music and Talking Dance lectures, and
mine archives that include podcasts, remarks by hundreds of contemporary artists from a variety of disciplines, panel discussions involving critics and audiences, artist talks, and musical and literary performances by some of today’s leading voices. Visit channel.walkerart.org.


Online Conversations

After the show, join a conversation about it online, where you’ll also find articles, reviews, and interesting facts about each event. Visit the Walker’s Facebook page and blogs.walkerart.org.

A Think and a Drink

Join other Walker members for this exclusive event that brings together curators and artists before a performance to socialize over light snacks and a drink at our cash bar. Save the dates: Ralph Lemon (9/24/2010), Brad Mehldau (11/5/2010), and Lucinda Childs (4/8/2011). Limited space and discounted tickets available. Make a reservation at membership@walkerart.org or 612.375.7655.


Meet at the back of the Balcony Bar after every Saturday dance and Out There performance for an
informal dialogue with a Walker tour guide and a local choreographer or theater artist. Think book
club, but with a performance. Jump into the discussion or just listen in as others hash it out after the show. Your questions. Your answers. Risk-free.

Gallery Tours

Before select performances, spend time in the Walker galleries on a guided tour exploring themes present in the show you’re about to experience. Tour length: 45 minutes. Capacity is limited; to reserve a tour spot, call 612.375.7600.


The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, The McKnight Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by

Additional support is generously provided by Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the James Irvine

The Walker Art Center’s Music Season is sponsored by

Media partners

The Walker Art Center’s Jazz programs are supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and Chamber Music America’s Presenting Jazz Program, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Producers’ Council
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage and John Cowles; Robert and Katherine Goodale; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Josine Peters; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.