The daring work of global dance, music, theater, and performance innovators in the Walker’s 2011–2012 season reflects a world experiencing dramatic change. Artists lead the way—this has long been central to our beliefs at the Walker. Their creations allow us to absorb, celebrate, or mourn the beauty or the exquisite pain of living in our times.
More than ever, the coming season reflects our commitment to support the freshest, most timely works and ideas by commissioning boundary-pushing artists—from large-scale visions by masters such as choreographer Bill T. Jones to dynamic new creations by mid-career artists Big Dance Theater, Young Jean Lee, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. We‘ve also commissioned voices new to Minnesota and the Walker such as Lebanese performance artist Rabih Mroué and Brooklyn indie folk heroes the Lisps.
This season is punctuated by three mini-festivals: New Music and Dance from the Congo; A Merce Cunningham Celebration, dedicated to the legacy of this transformative artistic figure and showcasing his company’s collection of sets, props, and costumes recently acquired by the Walker; and a special in-depth focus on vanguard composer/pianist Vijay Iyer featuring five of his bands over two days. Our annual Out There festival of alternative performance returns with a global sensibility, highlighting powerful new theatrical voices from artistic hot spots around the world: New York, Tokyo, Beirut, and Buenos Aires. Fierce visionaries, iconoclasts, shapeshifters—the transnational and hyper-connected artists of the Walker’s 2011–2012 performing arts season boldly take us into the future. We look forward to sharing the adventure with you.