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Ralph Lemon

How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?, Walker Commission

Part of 2010-2011 Performing Arts Season

“One of the most adventurous artists working today.” —Time Out (New York)

Inspired by his seven-year collaboration with Walter Carter, a 102-year-old former sharecropper from the Mississippi Delta, Ralph Lemon’s new four-part multimedia performance explores the complexities of impermanence and time. The piece features the remarkable six-member dance
ensemble that appeared in his last opus, Come home Charley Patton. Drawing from myths and realities, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? reminds us, as Lemon says, of “the special, ordinary, and inspiring human commonality of how one lives a life.” The Walker continues its 20-year relationship with Minneapolis native Lemon, a modern-day choreographer who merges text, media, sound, and visual art with dance.

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Commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and On the Boards. Support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation 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 Foundation.