Aug 8, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Bodacious Beauties" by Eileen Rosensteel
Amber Davis was intrigued by Eileen Rosensteel's turn-of-the-20th century piece on sideshows and sizeism, and though the premise is promising, the script lacks the nuanced storytelling that would have made its message more resonant for modern audiences.
Aug 7, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Ivory Tower Burning" by Jay Gabler
Before serving as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Jay Gabler received a doctorate in sociology from Harvard, an education he puts to fine use in his thought-provoking Fringe Festival debut, "Ivory Tower Burning," says Camille LeFevre.
Aug 6, 2012
Camille LeFevre reviews choreographer Morgan Thorson's new work, "Spaceholder Festival," recently premiered at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis
Aug 6, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Voices of Action: Women in Performance"
Actor and stage manager Amber Davis is a new addition to mnartists.org Fringe team. First up: she recommends a thoughtful assortment of dance works featuring Taja Will, Elizabeth June Bergman, Lynn Andrews and Krista DeNio.
Jul 26, 2012
Dances Made to Order
Lightsey Darst looks into Dances Made to Order, a monthly showcase of dance films made across the country. The Minneapolis edition, curated by Laurie Van Wieren, includes work by Laura Holway and Ben McGinley, Kenna-Camara Cottman and Pramila Vasudevan.
Jul 11, 2012
The Emotional Climates of 'Basic North'
Lightsey Darst reviews Live Action Set's new show, "Basic North," recently on stage at the Southern, saying she appreciated the cast's spot-on comic timing and wordplay, but found herself wishing for more emotional depth and narrative nuance.
Jul 5, 2012
Reanimating 'Dance Works'
Camille LeFevre wanders through the Walker's "Dance Works" exhibitions of Merce Cunningham's artist-created props and costumes, musing on the post-performance life of these set pieces, and the power of the 'kinetic imagination'.
Jun 14, 2012
Night Vision - A Northern Spark Diary
Lightsey Darst offers an on-the-ground dispatch from this year's Northern Spark festival -- vying projections, glow-in-the-dark games and synchronized swinging, luminous dance and cadres of night cyclists, alight in the dark.
Jun 7, 2012
How to Choreograph Empathy
Lightsey Darst describes the experience of engaging BodyCartography Project's recent installation/work-in-progress at the Walker - "Super Nature" - which explores the nuance of interpersonal relation, attempting to "choreograph empathy."
Jun 4, 2012
The Heroic Failure
Our music columnist, composer and pianist Jeremy Walker, on the rewards of boldness in a risk-averse culture and on freedom, individual expression, and the joy of failing well.
May 30, 2012
Filling the Void
Writer Sarah Howard reports on how two new Twin Cities initiatives - the Starling Project and Artists in Storefronts - are re-imagining uses for empty commercial spaces.
May 25, 2012
A Double-Dip Into "Black Water" - Lightsey Darst
The second of two critical takes on Skewed Visions' BLACK WATER. Lightsey Darst offers up a more experiential approach to the show, with a poetic, play-by-play dispatch on what it felt like to be in the audience for this unique performance.
May 24, 2012
The Rules of a Dance Exchange
Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson parses a recent, unusually participatory evening of dance at the Walker Art Center: David Zambrano and company's performance of the largely improvised series of solos against classic soul tunes, "Soul Project."
May 22, 2012
A Double-Dip into "Black Water" - Camille LeFevre
We're running two essays on Skewed Visions' new site-based performance, BLACK WATER, showing in an empty storefront on University Avenue through June 2. Read on for Camille's take on the work's disquieting insight into place, seeing and being seen.
May 17, 2012
You Are Hear: Who You Calling a Mother? (May 2012)
For this month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, comedienne and writer Colleen Kruse offers a very funny story about cannibal hamsters and the black heart of motherhood.
May 8, 2012
"Dance," says our critic Lightsey Darst, "is not merely specialized movement, but also a way of seeing. Dance is a lens." She takes that dance lens outside the theater to the work-a-day world beyond, offering a guided tour through "the undance."
Apr 19, 2012
Shapiro & Smith: A Crucible for Local Dance
Lightsey Darst reviews the recent 25th anniversary concert by Shapiro & Smith Dance, a company from which has emerged a host of local choreographers and dancers like TU Dance, Carl Flink, Ananya Chatterjea, Lise Houlton, Mathew Janczewski.
Apr 5, 2012
Lightsey Darst reviews Minnesota Dance Theatre's spring concert - for this, their 50th anniversary season, director Lise Houlton restaged a surreal circus-scape from 1977, "Ancient Air," by her mother Loyce Houlton, and other repertory pieces.
Mar 29, 2012
The Irresistible Laurie Van Wieren
Lightsey Darst profiles Laurie Van Wieren, a busy independent choreographer who's worn any number of hats in the local dance scene, known as much for her unflagging support of new talent as she is for her own critically acclaimed work.
Mar 22, 2012
Our jazz columnist, Jeremy Walker, just moved back to Minneapolis from New York City. He tips his hat to a few of the fine musicians he played with there and thinks on what it's like to come home again, when it's not quite the home he'd choose.
Mar 21, 2012
Roots of Change
Lightsey Darst on "red, black, and GREEN: a blues" by Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project - the show is so far-reaching, it should sink under the weight of its ambitious message - and yet it doesn't. Why? "It's hard to beat engaged honesty."