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Inside Out There 2017

  • Saturday–Saturday, January 14–28
  • 11 am
  • McGuire Theater

Out There artists share their creative processes with demonstrations and hands-on workshops on Saturday mornings (11 am–1 pm). Advance reservations encouraged. Saturday, January 14: Faye Driscoll Join the artist for a roundtable discussion about the importance of art and artistic practice in our current political climate. Artists and activists encouraged to attend. Saturday, January 21: Okwui…


Okwui Okpokwasili

“Okpokwasili is quite simply a virtuoso, an exquisite singer, speaker, writer, mover, a siren who draws us to danger.”

—Chicago Tribune

  • Thursday–Saturday, January 19–21
  • 8 pm
  • $25 ($20 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Known for her intensely powerful performances, Bessie Award–winning Okwui Okpokwasili (featured in Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room) considers the collective amnesia around women’s resistance movements in Nigeria, from the Igbo Women’s War of 1929 to the recent Boko Haram kidnappings and #BringBackOurGirls campaigns. With collaborator Peter Born, she mixes ritualistic and hallucinogenic movement, song…

January 24

Batsheva Dance Company

“Batsheva proves again and again that they are one of the greatest companies on the planet and one of the coolest as well.”

—Limelight Magazine

  • Tuesday, January 24
  • 7:30 pm
  • $55, $45, $35 ($44, $36, $28 Walker members)
  • Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

In this high-octane retrospective, Ohad Naharin brilliantly remixes excerpts from his 25-year catalogue of work, including a number of new pieces not yet seen in the United States. The performance showcases the signature physicality, creativity, and precision for which his Batsheva Dance Company is world-renowned. With dashes of comedy, scintillating storytelling, and musical scores that sample…

January 26

Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio

“A great, humorous, and deeply human, touching work.”

—Der Standard (Vienna)

  • Thursday–Saturday, January 26–28
  • 8 pm
  • $28 ($22.40 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

A hatchback has stalled in a beautiful snowy forest, stranding six metal-heads on their quest to build a hard rock–themed amusement park in protest of cheap consumerism. This deeply surreal fairy tale uses disarming wit and hints of magical realism—with the help of 1980s rock and medieval recorders—to celebrate the absurdity, joy, and wonder of human existence. La Mélancolie des Dragons promises a…

Maria Hassabi

“[Hassabi’s work] endlessly rewards attention, creating a sort of spectacle of intimacy both generous and radical.”


  • Wednesday–Sunday, February 8–19
  • Free with gallery admission
  • Walker Art Center

Occupying a space between live performance and visual art, choreographer Maria Hassabi’s work explores stillness and sustained motion. Her sculptural movement installations examine the tension between the human form and the artistic object. These magnetic performances of looped, long-form choreography will be presented by eight dancers directed by the artist. Visitors encounter STAGING (2017), which…

February 8

Walker Cunningham Events

  • Wednesday February 8–Sunday April 9
  • 1:30 pm, 4 pm, 5:30 pm, and 8 pm
  • Free with gallery admission
  • Perlman Gallery

The Perlman Gallery comes alive with movement and sound as Dylan Crossman, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood—dancers from the final Merce Cunningham Dance Company­­—perform Cunningham’s unique choreographic form made for non-theater spaces, which he called Events. Staged by former Cunningham dancer Andrea Weber, these 30-minute collages of movement drawn from four decades of the artist’s work…

February 8

Talking Dance: Suzanne Weil with Philip Bither

  • Wednesday, February 8
  • 6:30 pm
  • Free
  • Skyline Room

Hear stories about the Walker’s long-standing history with choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and their many collaborators. This Talking Dance dialogue features former and current Walker performing arts curators Suzanne Weil and Philip Bither.

February 16

CCN-Ballet de Lorraine

“The whole experience, music and dancing was an exhilarating rush.”

—Washington Post

  • Thursday, February 16
  • 7:30 pm
  • $55, $45, $35 ($44, $36, $28 Walker members)
  • Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The acclaimed CCN-Ballet de Lorraine celebrates Merce Cunningham’s legacy with a rare chance to see two of his groundbreaking works. The evening features the dramatic, Walker-commissioned Fabrications and the “organized chaos” of Sounddance, performed at a high velocity from start to finish to a thundering electronic score by David Tudor. The program also includes Devoted, a new ballet by the young…

February 23

Music for Merce: A Two-Night Celebration

“Cunningham made room for music, and the composers created music that made room for movement. An invitation always went out to listen.”

—Los Angeles Times

  • Thursday–Friday, February 23–24
  • 8 pm
  • $28 ($22.40 Walker members); $50 for both nights
  • McGuire Theater

Cunningham and longtime partner/composer John Cage were renowned for their legendary collaborations with the most significant experimental musicians of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Join us to celebrate this remarkable legacy over two historic evenings with a festival of music and sound performances curated by composer/guitarist John King. Featured with King are electronic music…

March 3

Mbongwana Star

“Listening to it feels like arriving in a bustling, unfamiliar city, a very long way from home: a gripping mix of excitement, apprehension, and sensory overload.”

—The Guardian (UK)

  • Friday, March 3
  • 8 pm
  • $28 ($22.40 Walker members)
  • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mbongwana Star features a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of change (mbongwana) and led by Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza, two founders of Congolese supergroup Staff Benda Bilili. Along with maverick Parisian producer Doctor L (Tony Allen), the band creates a sound that embodies the “smashed-together” nature of the surroundings…

March 16

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener with Charles Atlas

“A venture this artistically successful should be seen as a valediction to that part of their careers (with Cunningham) of these two supremely talented men.”

—New York Times

  • Thursday–Saturday, March 16–18
  • 8 pm
  • $28 ($22.40 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener were two of the most stunning performers in the final iteration of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In a groundbreaking co-commission with Experimental and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the Walker pairs them with longtime Cunningham collaborator and visual/media artist Charles Atlas. The thrilling result is a live dance/technology hybrid featuring seven…

March 24


“A powerful fusion of abstract hip-hop and modern jazz, and at its highest points you can’t really even tell where Kneebody ends and Daedelus begins.”


  • Friday, March 24
  • 8 pm
  • $28 ($22.40 Walker members)
  • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

Kindred sonic explorers share a mind-melding evening of new sounds and inspired collaboration. Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody delivers explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with no-holds-barred improvising. LA’s deep electronic master Daedelus (Alfred Darlington) is an inventor, a creator of aural labyrinths combining…

April 5

Roomful of Teeth

“Experimentation may be this group’s calling card, but its essence is pure joy.”

—Boston Globe

  • Wednesday, April 5
  • 7:30 pm
  • $30 ($25 Walker members)
  • Aria, 105 N. First St., Minneapolis

Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and sonic experimentalist Nick Zammuto (The Books), known for his “dexterous musicianship and catchy pop writing” (Pitchfork), assemble a custom-built vocal/sonic new commissioned work. The ensemble will also perform a diverse range of repertory pieces, including the Minnesota premiere of Partita for 8 Voices, group member Caroline Shaw’s mesmerizing…

May 5

Beth Gill

“It’s difficult to convey in words how Gill’s work is both crystalline and earthy, spare, yet complex.”


  • Friday–Saturday, May 5–6
  • 8 pm
  • $22 ($17.60 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Known for her exacting rigor and mesmerizing precision, Bessie Award–winner Beth Gill makes choreography that is spare yet playful, stark yet beautiful. In Brand New Sidewalk, Gill teams up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse and elegant diptych born of questioning the value of formalism in dance. This evocative new piece for four dancers explores themes…

May 12

Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse

“With strains of Parker and Coltrane, Bartók, and the musics of the Middle East and China ... [Natal Eclipse’s performance] was something beautiful, indeed essential.”

—The Nation

  • Friday, May 12
  • 8 pm
  • $32 ($25.60 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Composer/bandleader/saxophonist Steve Coleman, hailed as “one of the most rigorously conceptual thinkers in improvised music” (New York Times), heads a new hybrid chamber-jazz ensemble that explores the very foundations of group improvisation and spontaneous composition. Coleman’s eight-member all-star ensemble includes Matt Mitchell (piano), Greg Chudzik (bass), Maria Grand (tenor saxophone), Rane Moore…

May 18

Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)

“Adebimpe hasn’t lost his appreciation for the visual arts, or his drive to express himself in realms other than music.”

—Stereogum Digest

  • Thursday–Saturday, May 18–20
  • 8 pm
  • $30 ($25 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Frontman and artistic ace of the eclectic indie rock band TV on the Radio, Tunde Adebimpe creates a universe of song, story, and animation. Conceived of as a hero’s narrative pushed through a psychedelic fever dream, the surreal A Warm Weather Ghost unravels and bewilders. Be captivated as a crew of guest musicians and vocalists, narration, and large-scale projected visual art and animation by…