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Press Releases Walker Art Center Presents Choreographer Sarah Michelson’s Devotion, a New Dance Piece for New York City Players, Inspired by the Text of Playwright/Director Richard Maxwell

“When Sarah Michelson is on, her work brooks no resistance. There is an inevitability to it, and a relentlessness, from which you do not, cannot, look away.” —New York Times

“[Maxwell is] one of the few uncompromisingly original new voices in American theater, with short, monotonal plays that found the poetry in everyday banality and the numbness in sensational violence.” —New York Times

Choreographer Sarah Michelson and playwright/director Richard Maxwell are both known for strangely transfixing, fiercely uncompromising productions. While Michelson is acclaimed for visually striking, expansive spectacles such as Daylight (For Minneapolis)—a Walker premiere in 2005—the aesthetic and language in Maxwell’s plays range from profound to deceptively simple. Their seemingly divergent visions come together in Devotion; Michelson took inspiration from a story by Maxwell, and created a new dance work to be performed by members of the New York City Players and her own dance corps. The Walker-commissioned Devotion will be performed Thursday-Saturday, February 17-19, at 8 pm in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater.

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Links to Background Information:

Devotion in the Village Voice

Daylight for Minneapolis Video

Sarah Michelson in Bomb

New York City Players Site

Richard Maxwell in Bomb

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