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Presenting and commissioning innovative performances since 1940, the Performing Arts program offers a season that spans contemporary dance, experimental theater, new jazz, avant-folk, new global and alt-classical music, and the multiple hybrids of forms in between. More

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David Lang

As much a hypnotic sonic/visual object as it is a piece of music, darker weaves its intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric. Created by Pulitzer Prize–winner David Lang, one of America’s preeminent composers and cofounder of Bang on a Can All-Stars, the piece is performed by the accomplished musicians of the Saint Paul… More

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Performing Arts 2016-2017 Season Trailer

Inspired by the spirit of openness and experimentation of Merce Cunningham and John Cage—and anchored by the multidisciplinary exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time—the 2016/2017 performing arts season brings global innovators in dance, music, and theater to the Walker—from Maria Hassabi, Jérôme… More

Doug Benidt & Siri Engberg

The Fuse Merged with the Firecracker

“It was the pen hitting the paper, the fuse merged with the firecracker.” Grant Hart recalls the August night 35 years ago when Hüsker Dü took to the tiny stage at Minneapolis’s 7th St. Entry to record Land Speed Record. Today, as… More

Paul Schmelzer & Emily Sortor

Summers of Rock

Launched in 1998, Rock the Garden has gone through plenty of changes—from an intermittent, on-the-street jam to a 10,000-fan party on the Walker’s hillside, a two-day festival to, in 2016, a one-day, two-stage affair at Boom Island Park. Here’s an authoritative look… More

Deborah Jowitt

Getting Down to the Bones

What thread runs through Meredith Monk’s works in film, music-theater, and dance over the past half century? “A sense of multidimensionality,” she tells Deborah Jowitt. “And an attempt to get down to the bones of the form.” Revisited in… More

Molly Hanse

Meredith Monk and the Walker: A Chronology

For more than 50 years, interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk has pushed boundaries within her practice, but her explorations of sound, time, and space, in whatever form they’ve taken, all bear her unmistakable signature. In… More

Tom Kaczynski

Synaesthesia from Scratch: Kid Koala on Comics and DJing

While Eric San’s prowess as a scratch DJ—spinning under the name Kid Koala—is legendary, less known is his role as a graphic novelist. He’s the author of two comics, including Nufonia Must Fall… More

Debra Levine

Trajal Harrell and the Art of Conscientious Hosting

Trajal Harrell practices the art of conscientious hosting, writes dance scholar Debra Levine. He creates opportunities for others to step in and out of his position, while inserting himself into a… More