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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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Out There 2016

Out There brings startling, vital, provocative, and often joyous new forms of theatrical expression to the Twin Cites. Beginning as a modest two-weekend series, Out There has grown into a full-fledged monthlong festival featuring new global performances, workshops, dialogue sessions, salons, and other activities throughout January. More

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Performing Arts 2015-2016 Season Trailer

The global, multidisciplinary spectrum of artists we have invited in 2015–2016 demonstrate the force of the individual imagination and the power of collective art-making. These 27 events offer a window on a vast and ecstatically innovative world of contemporary dance, experimental theater, and forms… More

Rachel Cook

johnbrown: Notions of Visual Evidence

Our cultural approach to evidence has shifted over the years, writes curator Rachel Cook, from witnessing, first-hand testimony, and archival evidence to photographic images and, more recently, forensic DNA samples. We can think… More

A 1978 trip to Bologna to witness “a prepared train”—a happening on wheels, featuring John Cage and a host of Italian collaborators.

Adrienne Edwards

William Pope.L: The Will to Exhaust

As Gilles Deleuze put it, to exhaust is not to be tired; it is the will to begin again. In Pope.L’s performances—which have found the artist crawling the streets of Manhattan in a black suit or consuming pages of the Wall Street… More

In collaboration with Triple Canopy

He Gave Me Blues, I Gave Him Back Soul

A year to the day after Scaffold Room concluded its world premiere at the Walker, its creator, Ralph Lemon, returns for a “memory refraction” related to the work. A performance installation in the galleries, Scaffold Room fueled this… More

Gia Kourlas

Sarah Michelson: “The Question Takes me Forward”

“The question in all my old pieces is what’s a dance, what could it be? Is making art a self-congratulatory, redundant practice, or if there’s a real pursuit of the nature of the beast to ground level, knowing there is no ground… More

Greg Tate

Why the Hell Ornette Went All Up In Eden

“It’s hard to think of any musician whose sonic convictions have been so personally liberating for themselves and so determined to liberate others,” writes Greg Tate of Ornette Coleman, who passed away June 11. “His music did all… More