Walker Art Center's new performing-arts season

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2012 - 6:08 PM

Artists hail from several countries and represent music, dance and theater for the 2012-13 season.

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Walker Art Center has announced a new performing-arts season that bridges music, dance and theater.

Artists in the 2012-2013 Walker lineup hail from Germany and Australia, Morocco and Mozambique.

"This season is a survey of some of the most important movements in the world of performance," said Philip Bither, the Walker's senior curator of performing arts.

The roster includes the premieres of six Walker commissions: choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People's "And lose the name of action" (Sept. 19-22); "Where (we) live," performed by the So Percussion ensemble, with director/choreographer Emily Johnson, rock guitarist Grey McMurray and electronic music/video artist Martin Schmidt (Sept. 28-29); "Super Nature," by Twin Cities-based BodyCartography Project with composer Zeena Parkins performing live on a set by Emmett Ramstad and over 20 dancers, with special guests from the Lyon Opera Ballet (Oct. 25-27); "Ilimaq," a concert by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche in collaboration with Minneapolis percussionist/composer Martin Dosh (Feb. 16); theater artist Cynthia Hopkins' "This Clement World," a piece about climate change (March 7-9); and Elevator Repair Service's "Fondly, Collette Richland," by playwright Sibyl Kempson (May 16-18, 2013).

A Midwest music premiere arrives when Sarah Kirkland Snider, Sarah Worden and yMusic perform "Penelope" and new chamber works (Feb. 26-27).

The Walker roster includes the area debuts of such artists and shows as cerebral alt-popper Zammuto + Eluvium (Nov. 10); "Dirty Baby," with Wilco guitar wizard Nels Cline, poet/producer David Breskin and painter Ed Ruscha (Nov. 29); Icelandic musician Ben Frost (Feb. 9); and Malian singing star Fatoumata Diawara (April 12).

"This season is punctuated by festivals that celebrate art movements or influential individual artists," Bither said.

The Walker will host "Voices of Strength," an anthology of contemporary dance by women choreographers from across the African continent (Oct. 10-13); a musical celebration of composer John Zorn's birthday (April 6); and a mini-festival around acclaimed keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn, who grew up in Golden Valley (April 26).

The Walker's dance card is filled out by: Hofesh Shechter Company's "Political Mother," by the Israeli-born British choreographer, at the Orpheum (Nov. 13); the 40th anniversary of Choreographers' Evening, curated by Patrick Scully and Aparna Ramaswamy (Nov. 24); "Hay Days," a celebration of choreographer Deborah Hay (Dec. 5-8); and choreographer Kyle Abraham's "Live! The Realest MC" (March 14-16).

The Walker's annual Out There series features Trajal Harrell's acclaimed mash-up of Judson school dance and Voguing (Jan. 24-26). Out There also includes the Rude Mechs' "The Method Gun," (Jan. 10-12); German collective She She Pop's "Testament" (Jan. 17-19); and Back to Back Theatre's "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich," about the attempted Hindu reclamation of the swastika, a symbol appropriated by the Nazis (Jan. 31-Feb. 2).

As previously announced, the venue also is bringing performance-art legend Laurie Anderson. Her politically themed "Dirtday!" is scheduled just days before the presidential election (Nov. 2-3).

Rohan Preston • 612-673-4390

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