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Cynthia Hopkins

This Clement World, Walker Commission

“Cynthia Hopkins is the definition of postmodern artistry. Her work transcends single genres and mediums and defies definition.” —New York Press

A purveyor of outlandishly theatrical fictions and original avant-folk orchestral songs, Cynthia Hopkins is an audaciously charismatic talent that fans will follow anywhere: from memoir, murder, and memory loss in the South to ’70s pop stardom, the CIA, and Moroccan Sufism to evolution in outer space—all have figured in her trilogy of previous works at the Walker.

In this new piece, Hopkins grapples with the environmental crisis with her most expansive avant-folk rock orchestration to date. Presented as a live documentary film set in and out of the Arctic, this skillfully crafted, richly narrative performance questions how—or whether—one can act now to maintain a livable climate for generations of people we will never meet.

Tag along with Hopkins; her longtime collaborators, director DJ Mendel and designer Jeff Sugg; and a stellar ensemble of Twin Cities–based musicians—Parker Anderson-Genne, Lauren Asheim, Leslie Ball, Erica Burton, Jesse Edgington, Zack Lozier, Crystal Myslajek, Jonathan Sunde, Jason Sunde, Karen Townsend, and Larry Zimmerman—on a voyage of discovery that’s global in scope, playfully idiosyncratic, and utterly necessary.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Thursday, March 7
Meet the artists after the show a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q & A

Friday, March 8
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists, moderated by Patrick Hamilton, director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

SpeakEasy

Saturday, March 9
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. Hosted by local choreographer Jennifer Arave and Walker tour guide Barbara Davey.

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Funding

Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr./The Moore Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-commissioned by St. Ann’s Warehouse and Les Subsistances.

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