Oct 22, 2007
When Speed Kills: Houston Ballet
The Houston Ballet--a full-on, full-size, professional ballet company--put on a technically amazing but less-than-stellar show this Saturday. Lightsey Darst explains.
Oct 8, 2007
Movement Architecture: Verve and Cringe
Lightsey Darst saw Deborah Jinza Thayer's amazing "Movement Architecture" at the Southern Theater last week. There were problems, but great visual spectacle.
Oct 1, 2007
Pale Memory: Time and a Vanished Life
“The Pale Memory," by video artist John Merigliano and composer Justin Rubin, was made for the Time Symposium, an ongoing project of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. See it today in Minneapolis or Tuesday in Duluth.
Oct 1, 2007
Indians and Indians: Kathak and Fancy Dance
Katha Dance Theater and Native Pride Productions created a startling amalgam of two ancient traditions.
Lightsey Darst does a beautifully tough-minded account of the experience of seeing it.
Sep 10, 2007
To Say the Truth: Here It Is
Lightsey Darst reviews the extraordinary “here it is / here it is” by
Melissa Birch at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Remaining dates are September 16, 23.
Sep 3, 2007
Remembering Dismemberment: Catherine Sullivan
Catherine Sullivan, erstwhile dorm-mate of local dancer Dylan Skybrook (who collaborated on this show), has been making exciting video installations and films around the world. Her “Triangle of Need” is at the Walker through Nov. 18.
Jul 23, 2007
Momentum 2: New Dance Works
Camille LeFevre gives us her take on the second weekend of Momentum: Cathy Wright and Off-Leash Area are wild and wonderful.
Jul 23, 2007
Not Reviewing and Reviewing “Cats”
Jean Sramek went to see the musical “Cats” at the Duluth Playhouse: it was beautifully produced, the set was great, the audience loved it. But it was “Cats.” What’s a critic to do?
Jul 16, 2007
Jones and Bergeron at Momentum: What a Fine Thing
Camille LeFevre reviews the first weekend of Momentum, the Walker’s annual showcase for young choreographers. Justin Jones and Maggie Bergeron were up. Next weekend more will follow . . .
Jul 9, 2007
Disorienting Play: “Thanks” at the Red Eye
Lightsey Darst reviews Anna Marie Shogren’s dance performance “Thanks”
at the Red Eye Theater (June 29-July 1). Shogren’s mysteriously funny work can be puzzling but seldom bores. Look for more from her.
Jul 2, 2007
Love + Concern + Compassion = Art?
Camille LeFevre reviews the Catalyst show "Something More Useful Then"--an Emily Johnson project with many collaborators. She's a fan--but maybe a reluctant one. Read on for more on this intense and interesting project.
Jun 25, 2007
Impale This! : The Latest from Fearless Filmmakers
Suzanne Szucs reviews Minnesota-made films of all stripes. Here's a take on W. Trey White's documentary of an avowed vampire's run for governor of Minnesota, one of a series of screenings-plus-parties by Fearless Filmmakers at Oak Street Cinema.
Jun 25, 2007
The Less We Believe It: Time Track at the Ritz
Camille LeFevre reviews Time Track Productions' "The Closer I Get, The Less I Believe It," a study of the "uncanny valley" between humanness and its simulacra. She finds that it doesn't ever quite come into focus.
Jun 18, 2007
Lots of Legs and Cocktails: Barbarella
Lightsey Darst reviews “Barbarella” by
Ballet of the Dolls: is "campy, costume-centric, and ever ready for another pelvic thrust" enough to carry a show? Apparently . . .
May 28, 2007
Modern World: Metropolis and Its Readings
Lightsey Darst saw “Between the Head and the Hands:
a Transformation of Metropolis,”a performance by
Electropolis, Anne Elias, and the Xelias Aerialists at the Southern Theater. It was a lot: maybe too much?
May 21, 2007
"Seussical" : Yes, It's Fun
Jaime Kleiman liked "Seussical" at the Childrens Theater, and was reminded that theater can be a gas.
May 14, 2007
From Here to Maternity: The Longest Play
Jaime Kleiman viewed the Mother's Day offering at Bryant Lake Bowl and thought it came up short. Will the brilliant Scrimshaws be able to make it better? Let's hope so.
Apr 30, 2007
Messy Utopia: Mixed Blood at Mixed Blood
Jaime Kleiman struggles with "Messy Utopia," a combination of didacticism and antic hijinks. It may not be everyone's idea of good theater but it is successful, at least in part, in accomplishing its goals.
Apr 23, 2007
Making (Oral) History in Minneapolis
“Our spoken word started at the time of creation,” the seven indigenous poets who comprise Making Oral History write. The group performs at the Loft in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 5. Shannon Gibney spoke to Bao Phi, the genesis of the show.
Apr 23, 2007
Virtuous Men: "Or the White Whale"
Lightsey Darst saw the Civic Stage production of "Or the White Whale" at the Southern Theater. It was a problematic but dazzling performance.