Sunday, October 8, 2017

Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences (Part 13: Art + Athletics)

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops, Target Atrium

Approximate Run-time: 2 hours

Free and open to all!

With speakers Brian J. Evans (football, basketball, and track), Carl Flink (soccer plus baseball, basketball, football), Deneane Richburg (figure skating), Morgan Thorson (diving and swimming plus lacrosse, field hockey and volleyball), Kristin Van Loon (figure skating), and Pramila Vasudevan (swimming)

Former competitive athletes turned dancers later in their training, these Twin Cities choreographers share their experiences with athleticism and how it translates to dynamic movements and structures on stage.

Of Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence, the New York Times critic summarizes the book’s central trope: “For an artist, influence is everything.”

Curated by Michèle Steinwald and launched in fall of 2014 at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, this participatory lecture and panel series focuses on individuals’ contributions to our local dance communities. Choreographer Kristin Van Loon documents each event by mapping the conversation live while speakers share their influences. Everyone in attendance is invited to add his or her stories for the mapping process. This series is a collective remembering and a way to draw on our pasts as a means to envision our futures.

The 2017-2018 Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences series, curated by Michèle Steinwald, is presented by Ordway in partnership with The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Full list of themes, speakers, dates and videos:

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Pictured above: (from left to right): Rush Benson and Brian J. Evans in “Dance to Learn Kick-off performance” as part of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Dance to Learn Residency Program, at the at the Weyerhaeuser Auditorium on December 17, 2015. Photo by © Smitty’s Workshop.