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Press Releases Walker Art Center Presents 10th Edition of Momentum: New Dance Works Featuring SuperGroup with Rachel Jendrzejewski & Leslie O’Neill, Pramila Vasudevan/Aniccha Arts, Jennifer Arave, and Momentum in the Garden Performance

Minneapolis, June 25, 2013— The Walker Art Center presents Momentum: New Dance Works, two weekends of premieres by Minnesota Choreographers, on Thursday–Saturday, July 11–13 and 18–20, at 8 pm on Thursday–Saturday, at the Southern Theater. Now in its tenth edition, Momentum offers a snapshot of Minnesota’s dance landscape, illuminating the skill and passion of the next generation’s most promising choreographers.

Featuring two companies each evening, Momentum showcases new voices and ideas that speak to the latest combinations in dance while solidifying the Twin Cities as a hotbed of fresh, experimental, and sought-after talent. Each company will present work commissioned by the Walker and presented in association with the Southern Theater

Additionally, a selection of former Momentum artists have been commissioned to perform new works in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. These free performances are a part of the Walker’s Free First Saturday event on August 3, at 11 am & 2 pm. Performers include Kenna Cottman, Chris Schlichting, and Kaleena Miller.

Momentum:New Dance Works
July 11-20

Thursday–Saturday, 8 pm
$18 ($16 Walker members) Thursday; $18 ($20 Walker members) Friday and Saturday
Post-show discussion each Friday

Thursday, July 11-Saturday, July 13
SuperGroup with Rachel Jendrzejewski: it’s [all] highly personal


SuperGroup is an artistic collaboration between Jeffrey Wells, Sam Johnson, and Erin Search-Wells. Combining text with movement, their works challenge audiences to “dream, imagine new realities, think inventively, and make connections between broadly disparate ideas.”

it’s [all] highly personal, SuperGroup’s latest interdisciplinary work in collaboration with playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski, explores the subtle changes that shape us and the contradictory human need for ritual and risk. Combining text and movement, the performance layers abstract and symbolic gestures with weaving narratives, multiplying patterns, and elusive signals to tell the complex story of everyday life.

Leslie O’Neill: Fortress

An accomplished performer and a 2010 recipient of a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, Leslie O’Neill captivates audiences with astounding grace and a commanding stage presence. As a choreographer, she has been working primarily in solo form, creating such pieces as Trigger, which was mentioned in the Star Tribune’s “Top 5 Dance Events of 2009.” O’Neill is currently a member of Zenon Dance Company and was nominated for a 2009 Sage Award for her performances with Black Label Movement and Zenon.

Fortress is a duet featuring Laura Selle Virtucio and Erika Hansen in which private histories take the form of a third character in their relationship. The players hold onto secrets that are transparent to the audience, while the setting and their interactions establish motivations and divisions that influence each of their moments together.

Thursday, July 18-Saturday, July 20
Pramila Vasudevan/Aniccha Arts: F6


Pramila Vasudevan has had training in interactive media, Bharatanatyam, and contemporary Indian dance and has performed with Minneapolis-based companies Ananya Dance Theatre and Ragamala Dance. Since 2003, her choreographic work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and others. With her company Aniccha Arts, she recently presented In Habit: Living Patterns—a nine-hour, site-specific installation composed of 16 dance vignettes—at the 2012 Northern Spark Festival.

F6, named after the “best” seat in the house, is an episodic series of movement-based installations in which the relationship between artists and audience is reversed. The group choreography, solo, and video homage create a space between the dancers and the viewers that is political as well as poetic, while their magnetic actions both attract and evade.

Jennifer Arave: Canon

Trained as a director in traditional theater, Jennifer Arave began to explore more experimental forms, which led to integrating movement and dance into her work.

Canon, a movement solo for dancer Mary Ann Bradley with drummer Charles Gehr, mines the legacy of punk rock gestures and aggressive expression. The physical language arising from the counter-culture of disenfranchised youth is used to illustrate a feminist perspective within a historically male-driven experience. The piece equates punk rock’s Iggy and Wendy O. to modern dance’s Merce and Martha.

Tickets to Momentum: New Dance Works are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.

The Southern Theater is located at 1420 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Momentum: New Dance Works 2013 is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.

Related Event: Momentum in the Garden
Saturday, August 3, 11 am & 2 pm, Free
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


In celebration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s 25th anniversary, three Momentum alumni perform dances newly commissioned by the Walker as part of the Free First Saturday festivities.

Kenna Cottman presents a group dance and drum performance based on Senegalese “lutte” wrestling and the choreographed ceremony around the fight spectacle. Chris Schlichting, named City Pages’ 2012 choreographer of the year, offers a follow-up to his acclaimed Matching Drapes. Kaleena Miller creates a percussive piece with live music and tap dance.

In case of rain, the event moves indoors to the McGuire Theater.

SuperGroup with Rachel Jendrzejewski

From left: Jeffrey Wells, Sam Johnson, Rachel Jendrzejewski and Erin Search-Well

Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center