Sunday, November 5, 2017

Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences (Part 14: Winter Traditions)

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

Approximate Run-time: 2 hours

Free and open to all!

With speakers Myron Johnson, Alberto Justiniano, Derek Philips, April Sellers, and Elizabeth Simonson

One quintessential winter holiday tradition, the Nutcracker ballet, has been reinterpreted several times over. In the Twin Cities, we have seen it over the years reduced into a drunken one-man show, stretched into a parade of the children’s talents, and twisted into a sexy provocation in lingerie. While not the only way dance finds its way into our winter holiday traditions, local choreographers share how they use dance to bring communities together for artistic and cultural celebrations at the end of each calendar year.

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: lobby sign featuring Mary Moore Easter during “A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities” presented by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts, NACDI – Native American Community Development Institute, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts at The Cowles Center on Sun, Feb 26, 2017.