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Press Releases Walker Art Center Presents Choreographers’ Evening 40th Anniversary Curated by Patrick Scully and Aparna Ramaswamy

“A welcome—and very accessible—bouquet of performances showcasing some of the area’s many talented dancemakers.” —Twin Cities Daily Planet


Minneapolis, November 6, 2012— An annual showcase of a thriving and diverse local scene, Choreographers’ Evening has, over the course of 40 years, become an honored rite of passage in Minnesota dance circles. This year, guest curators Patrick Scully and Aparna Ramaswamy bring an expansive view and unique generational twist to a program of works lasting seven minutes or less on Saturday, November 24, 7 and 9:30 pm, in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Looking back on four decades of dance and charting new directions as well, it’s sure to celebrate and spark debate.


In this anniversary edition, Kenna Cottman directs a piece performed by Voice of Culture; Judith Brin Ingber re-creates the solo she performed as part of the very first Choreographers’ Evening 41 years ago; and Blake Nellis does a piece inspired by 1972—the year of both contact improvisation and a hit song by Stevie Wonder. Emily King performs an ode to the 8-bit video games of the 1980s; Michael Engel reprises his Desiderata Update #1 from the early 1980s; the nine dancemaker/ performers in the Third Coast Collective reimagine dances from Choreographers’ Evenings in years before they were born; Joanne Spencer returns to performance after her “retirement” in the 1990s; and Luke Olson-Elm presents Without These Qualities (all will be lost). The evening closes with works featuring two of the most powerful influences in contemporary dance over the past four decades: Rosy Simas with a contact improvisation duet for two men; and the Christ Up Dance Crew with hip-hop.


Choreographers’ Evening 40th Anniversary
Curated by Patrick Scully and Aparna Ramaswamy

Saturday, November 24, 7 and 9:30 pm
William and Nadine McGuire Theater


Blake Nellis: Variations of Wonder
Judith Brin Ingber: I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Kenna Cottman: Sankofa
Emily King: Start Select
Michael Engel: Desiderata Update #1
Third Coast Collective: 80s Babies
Joanne Spencer: Dandelion
Luke Olson-Elm: Without These Qualities (all will be lost)
Rosy Simas Danse: I Want It to Be Raining and the Window to Be Open
Christ Up Dance Crew: King Dom


Tickets to Choreographers’ Evening are $22 ($18) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.


Balcony Bar
Meet the artists, talk about the show, and enjoy a drink at happy hour prices, including specialty cocktails with Prairie Organic Vodka. Located in the McGuire Theater, the Balcony Bar is open one hour before and after all evening performances.


Performing Arts Supporters
The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Producers’ Council
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage Cowles; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Josine Peters; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.

Photo: Gene Pittman for Walker Art Center