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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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Chris Schlichting with Jennifer Davis and Alpha Consumer

“The world Schlichting reveals is full of clever kinetic asides, streamlined beauty, hints of mischief and thoughtful juxtapositions.” —Star Tribune Named Best Choreographer in 2013 by City Pages and steadily gaining national attention, Chris Schlichting… More

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Performing Arts 2014-2015 Season Trailer

In 2014 and 2015, we celebrate the Walker Art Center’s 75th anniversary as a public art center by looking both forward and back. The performing arts season features multiple commissions, residencies, and world premieres from artists as wide-ranging as Ralph Lemon, Richard Maxwell, and Miranda July, as… More


Andrew Flanagan

No !%@#s Given

“The web is where the exceptional force the hands of the famed and established to recognize they’ve been pushing things forward, without their blessing or awareness,” writes Andrew Flanagan of thestand4rd, the St. Paul independent hip hop/R&B quartet that has… More



A Culture Wars Chronicle

As identity politics made their way into galleries and museums in the ’80s and ’90s, social conservatives took note, lashing out at artists like Robert Mapplethorpe, Karen Finley, and Ron Athey for work that addressed sexuality, multiculturalism, and LGBT rights… More


Ron Athey

Polemic of Blood

Ever since a suicide attempt at age 15, death has been a constant companion for Ron Athey—even more so since 1985, the year he tested positive for HIV. Until it wasn’t. Healthy on the 30th anniversary of his diagnosis, the 53-year-old performance artist reflects… More


Greg Tate

Five Decades, Six Galaxies, and Counting: The AACM at 50

Musical revolutions tend to have a spontaneous outlier quality about them, writes Greg Tate. Fifty years ago in Chicago, far from the Manhattan clubs that drew jazz luminaries like John Coltrane… More


Paul M. Davis

Visceral Live Therapy: A Babes in Toyland Comeback

“I said I’d never, ever do a reunion,” guitarist and singer Kat Bjelland told Rolling Stone recently. And yet this June, after a 14-year hiatus, her seminal punk band Babes in Toyland is returning to… More



Rock the Garden: 30 Facts about the 2015 Lineup

Modest Mouse’s UFO encounter. Belle & Sebastian’s children’s-hospital cover of “Don’t Stop Believing.” Babes in Toyland’s friendship with Cindy Sherman. thestand4rd’s Kanye connection. In announcing the Rock the Garden lineup we… More