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Press Releases Walker Art Center Presents Choreographers’ Evening Curated by the BodyCartography Project

“A smorgasbord of emerging and mature talent from across the dance spectrum.” —MinnPost

For almost 40 years, the Walker Art Center’s Choreographers’ Evening has served as the major gathering for our thriving local dance community. Dedicated to serving up quality and quantity, this evening of short works brings a host of bodies, movement styles, and innovations to the William and Nadine McGuire stage on Saturday, November 28, at 7 and 9:30 pm, celebrating the remarkably diverse range of local dance. Curating this year’s program are the globetrotting duo Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, whose award-winning BodyCartography Project is geared toward improvisation, inclusion, and innovative responses to their environment.

Bieringa and Ramstad’s unique perspective yielded a carefully calibrated mix of performers ranging from established choreographers to emerging talent. ”We both have a passion for experiencing different kinds of physical investigation in performance,” says Bieringa. “We were drawn to work that generated this kinesthetic excitement, surprised us, and challenged our ideas. We love choreography that dances the mind and body.”

Kenna Sarge leads off the evening with a celebratory preshow performance in the Hennepin Lobby featuring live drumming and a host of young dancers (arrive 15 minutes early to see Sarge’s piece). The proceedings move to the stage with Chris Holman’s gestural lecture with cello accompaniment by Michelle Kinney; a conceptual dance from Mad King Thomas; and a brand-new solo from Justin Jones. Following are Cara Ann Krippner’s trio à la Isadorables, a flying piece inspired by her days as a gymnast; a musical tap duet from Buckets and Tap Shoes; a physical theater duet by Charles Campbell, performed with his son Arthur; and a pantomime crossed with modern dance, then infused with the intrigue of film noir, from Emily King and Ryan Underbakke. The Interact Theater Company’s performance combines lip sync with disco, and Taja Will and Penelope Freeh offer contemporary and modern ballet solos, respectively, followed by Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs’ Flashback: (The Very Unlikeliness) I’m Going to Kill You. The evening culminates with sensational newcomers Tina Flewellyn and her Hype Dance Troupe, a company of six hip-hop dancers and a live DJ.

Tickets to Choreographers’ Evening are $20 ($16 Walker members) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.

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Pre-Performance Tour: Choreographers’ Evening and Event Horizon

Saturday, November 28, 6 and 8:30 pm, Free with event ticket

Before the performance celebrating Minnesota’s most vibrant choreographers, tour the new exhibition Event Horizon, which features work by Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, and others who nimbly navigate both dance and visual art.

Tour: Dan Graham: Beyond

Thursday, December 3, 7 pm
Meet in the Bazinet Lobby

Join choreographers Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad for a movement-based tour of the work of Dan Graham, whose art shares a similar sensibility.

Choreographers’ Evening 2009 participants

(l to r): Justin Jones, Taja Will, Charles Campbell, Ryan Underbakke, Emily King, Penelope Freeh, Chris Holman

Photo: Cameron Wittig

The BodyCartography Project

Photo by Cameron Wittig