Heaven, Walker Commission
Part of 2009-2010 Performing Arts Season
“Morgan Thorson has a mix-master mind, from which postmodern movement and the detritus of everyday life spin out as hilarious vignettes.” —New York Notebook
Both borrowing from and subverting religious rituals, Minneapolis’ Morgan Thorson, a rising force on the national contemporary dance scene, breaks choreographic conventions in order to uncover the universal allure of transformation through Heaven’s holy performance trinity: dance, music, and light. Created as an ensemble dance and vocal piece through a Walker residency, Heaven explores the various manifestations of ecstasy—emotional, physical, and communal—present both in religious practices and in the ritualistic nature of dance in performance. Low’s Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker will perform the music and vocal orchestration they wrote for the work.