For more than three decades, the Walker Art Center’s
has served as the major annual gathering for the Twin Cities’ vital independent dance community. Featuring new works from established and emerging Minnesota dance-makers, this year’s celebration takes place on Saturday, November 29, at 7 and 9:30 pm, in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Curated by choreographer/dancer and co-founder of the James Sewall Ballet, Sally Rousse, this installment of Choreographers’ Evening features: Battlecats, Maggie Bergeron & Company, Tim Cameron, Jaime Carrera, Mary Easter, Judith Howard, Nicolas Lincoln, SuperGroup, Tamin Totzke and Dustin Haug, Galen Treuer, Emily Tyra and Caroline Fermin, Pramila Vasudevan, and Chris Yon. Rousse, a past performer in Choreographers’ Evening, commented on the importance of the event to the vitality of the Minnesota dance landscape: “ It’s important because it reflects the Walker’s ongoing support of the amazing dance/theater talent here—emerging, established, experimental—and provides the opportunity to appear on the same stage that great international artists share. The perennially sold-out shows are incredibly festive—a real art scene. Then the comingling backstage between the many choreographers and performers ignites a bond that fosters a positive and often unusual environment.”
Sally Rousse began dancing 35 years ago in Barre, Vermont. She trained at the School of American Ballet and with David Howard before performing as a principal dancer with Ballet Chicago, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and James Sewell Ballet, which she helped establish in 1990. In addition to many roles in the classical and Balanchine repertoires, Rousse has performed works by Maurice Béjart, Jiri Kylian, as well as more than 75 works created for her by contemporary choreographers. In 1994, she began studying and performing Improvisation and Contact, primarily with Patrick Scully and Chris Aiken, to draw on a larger movement palette to extend the definitions, aesthetics, and relevance of ballet and ballerina. She received a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers (2001) and her work as a choreographer has been supported by such diverse venues and organizations as the Southern Theater, the Walker Art Center, VocalEssence, Marshall Field’s, Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre, St. Paul’s School, the Cartoon Channel, Nickelodeon, Omaha Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, 3-Legged Race, the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The McKnight Foundation. She co-created the aerial/dance/theater pieces Floor Show (2003) with Homer Avila, and Awedville (2004) with James Sewell. Trickpony (2002), her collaboration with Chelsea Bacon, headed the 2002 list of top 10 dance events in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Rousse is the mother of Mona and Oliver Sewell.
Tickets to Choreographers’ Evening are $20 ($16 Walker members) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.