The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards Honors Native Artists This Weekend

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Photo courtesy First Peoples Fund
Jody Naranjo Folwell-Turip
The Twin Cities award season continues this weekend at the Cowles Center with the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards, featuring a diverse range of American Indian artists practicing poetry, traditional dancing, music, hip hop, and more. Held at the Cowles Center for the second time, the celebration, presented by the First Peoples Fund has been going strong for 15 years, honoring Native artists, leaders, and teachers who work in their communities to preserve tradition. 


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Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker Brings Historic Work to the Walker

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Jean-Luc Tanghe
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As part of Walktoberfest festivities celebrating the Walker Art Center's 75th anniversary, acclaimed Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker brings her groundbreaking dance Rosas danst Rosas to the museum this week. As an added bonus, de Keersmaeker will be performing in tonight's sold-out show.

The work, which blends rigid structure and repetition with extreme physicality and achingly personal gestures, has brought many a journalist to ask the choreographer if she views it as feminist piece, which she fiercely denied in the early days. Thirty-one years later, Keersmaeker says her views on whether she's a feminist have shifted.

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Minnesota Dance Theatre's Edifice Wrecks (Unabridged) at the Lab [REVIEW]

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Photo by Jeff Pedersen
Architecture becomes an integral character in Edifice Wrecks, an evening of work that explores how we move through the world we live in, and what lies behind and underneath the artifices that are built around us. The Minnesota Dance Theatre production opened last weekend at the Lab Theater, and continues this weekend. The unabridged version of the piece, which debuted at the Cowles Center last year, was choreographed by Lise Houlton in collaboration with Dane Stauffer. MDT's performance showcases a talented young group of dancers, with some breathtaking lighting design by Marcus Dillard. 


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April Sellers's Girlywood Comes to Intermedia Arts

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Photo by Jennifer Glaws
Who says feminism is dead? The F-word rises from the ashes like the phoenix, as evidenced by a new evening of work coming from choreographer April Sellers, hitting the Intermedia Arts stage this weekend as part of the Catalyst Series. Sellers hopes the works will entertain and engage audiences in a dialogue about different perspectives of feminism across generations. Along with her two pieces, the evening of work, titled Girlywood, also includes dances created by Laurie Van Wieren and Kenna Cottman, two women choreographers whose work, while not explicitly propagating a feminist perspective, offers a diversity of viewpoints that Sellers hopes to include in the dialogue. 


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SOLO Puts Dancers in the Driver's Seat

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Photo by Tim Rummelhoff
This weekend, Northrop Auditorium will host the seventh McKnight SOLO. The biannual event showcases the work of six dancers -- Kari Mosel, Tamara Ober, Gregory Waletski, Taryn Griggs, Ashwini Ramaswamy, and Stephen Schroeder -- who have all received McKnight Dancer Fellowships over a two-year period. The evening gives the local talents a chance to shine after developing a piece with a choreographer of their choosing. 


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Ananya Chatterjea on Imagined Futures Emerging from Despair

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After spending four years investigating violence against women through the lens of mud, gold, oil, and water, choreographer Ananya Chatterjea of Ananya Dance Theatre now points her focus toward revering the extraordinary work women do throughout the world to sustain their communities. Titled "Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming," Chatterjea's new piece draws on Duke Ellington's concept of a an imagined future that's not frilly but soaked in the blues of past disappointments. 


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Keersmaker's "Rosas danst Rosas" Inspires Beyonce... and Possibly You

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It's no secret that pop culture borrows from the modern art world all time. For example, Beyonce's video for "Countdown" may look familiar to fans of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's performances and dance. In celebration of Keersmaeker's upcoming show at the Walker, and of creative types drawing inspiration from other creative types, the artist, the museum, and the Northrop are inviting folks to create their own video for the chance to win fun prizes.

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Somali pop-up gallery holds performance event this weekend

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Photo by Robert Stacke 
If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum's pop-up gallery downtown, this weekend is your chance. The space, co-curated by the Museum and Made Here, opened earlier this summer along with other storefront artist displays. However, since the previous launch occurred during Ramadan, the event this weekend will be an opportunity for a bigger celebration for the gallery. 


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Pleasure Rebel aims to subvert at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Moheb Soliman
 
Pleasure Rebel, a subversive performance series at Bryant-Lake Bowl, is expanding in scope by bringing in an out-of-town artist. Qilo Matzen, a Bay Area dancer and improviser, will be joining two up-and-coming local artists, Moheb Soliman and Pramila Vasudevan, for what promises to be an intriguing evening of new work.


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Rhythmically Speaking returns for its sixth year of rhythm-based dance

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Rhythmically Speaking, an evening showcase of choreographers working with jazz and rhythm forms of dance, is back for its sixth year this weekend. Performing at the Southern Theater, the showcase features a diverse mix of artists who all find inspiration from the way music and beats can move bodies in a space.
 
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