Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences

Description
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.”

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts’ participatory lecture and panel series, launched in fall of 2014, completed 12 separate events (see below) over its three year history in the U.S. Bank Atrium. The series continues at the Ordway in fall of 2017 in partnership with The Cowles Center. We invite you to explore these conversations with us.

Purpose
The energies behind creating The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts began decades ago with the determination of artists and supporters to build numerous opportunities for dance everywhere in the Twin Cities. The local dance communities have grown organically as the cities have expanded and new ideas and peoples have entered the scene. This series is a collective remembering and a way to draw on our pasts as a means to envision our futures.

Partnership
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 was developed in consultation with Kristin Van Loon, choreographer and curator; Judith Brin Ingber, choreographer and writer; Cecily Marcus, curator, and Kathryn Hujda, assistant curator, of the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries; Nancy Mason Hauser, videographer, and Linda Shapiro, choreographer and writer, founders of the Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project.

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

 

Upcoming Dates:

PART 15: DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2-4pm

With speakers Karen Charles, Ananya Chatterjea, Deneane Richburg, Patrick Scully, and Arwen Wilder.

It is no coincidence that dance and politics both create movements. Intersecting bodies and social concerns have always brought voice to marginalized communities and causes. Local dance makers create awareness and calls for actions through performances filled with dance and humanity. Find out what motivates their desires to make a difference and insert politics into their art.

FREE and will be held at Ordway’s Target Atrium (2nd floor lobby) 

 

Previous Lectures:

PART 1: History of Contact Improvisation in the Twin Cities - Watch the lecture

With Patrick Scully and Jane Shockley, with special guests Ric Watson, Kristin Van Loon, Linda Shapiro, Jeff Bartlett, Olive Bieringa, and Otto Ramstad
Co-presented with BodyCartography Project in conjunction with Walker Art Center’s Composing Forward: The Art of Steve Paxton

Sunday, October 19th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in the Cowles Center

Program supported by Judith Brin Ingber and Linda Shapiro 

 

PART 2: Legendary Spaces - Watch the lecture

With Marius Andaházy, Judith Brin Ingber, Steve Busa, Myron Johnson, John Linnerson, Paula Mann, Patrick Scully, Linda Shapiro, and Kristin Van Loon

Sunday, January 18th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

 
PART 3: Educational Outcomes - Watch the lecture

With Diane Aldis, Colleen Callahan, Kathie Goodale, Mary Harding, Judith Howard, Linda Shapiro, and Kenneth Yoder.

Sunday, March 1st from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries


PART 4: Developing Dance-  Watch the Lecture

With Charles Campbell, Emily Gastineau, Paula Mann, Miriam Must, Louise Robinson, Anat Shinar, Molly Van Avery, and Laurie Van Wieren

Sunday, May 31st from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

 

Part 5: History of Tap in the Twin Cities (in partnership with Twin Cities Tap Festival) - Watch the Lecture

With Rick Ausland, Joe Chvala, Ellen Keane, Kaleena Miller, Beth Sartor Obermeyer, and Cathy Wind

Sunday, September 20th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

 

Part 6: Outdoor Dances - Watch the Lecture

With BodyCartography Project, Concrete Farm, Marylee Hardenbergh, Judith Howard, Patrick Scully, April Sellers, and Pramila Vasudevan

Sunday, January 10th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries


Part 7: Covering Dance - Watch the Lecture

With Penelope Freeh, Rob Hubbard, Judith Brin Ingber, Camille LeFevre, Caroline Palmer, Susannah Schouweiler, and Linda Shapiro

Sunday, April 10th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries


Part 8: Recovering Dance -  Watch the Lecture

With Linda Andrews (Zenon Dance Company), Edgar Galvan Contreras (Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca),
Carl Flink (Black Label Movement), Nora Jenneman (University of Minnesota, Dance Program),
Donald LaCourse (Ethnic Dance Theatre), Nancy Mason Hauser (Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project), 
Zoe Sealy (Minnesota Jazz Dance Company) and Denise and Rick Vogt (Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota)

Sunday, June 12 from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries


PART 9 - Remembering Prince - Watch the Lecture

Hosted by choreographer Ashley Selmer, creative director of ShapeShift and dancer with Prince’s band 3rdEyeGirl, and features guest speakers Brittany Lynch, Craig Rice and Selmer.

Sunday, September 25th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

PART 10 - The History of Rooted Dance - Watch the Lecture

Hosted by Maia Maiden, founder/curator of ROOTED, and features performers, choreographers, and crews from past ROOTED performances.

Sunday, November 6th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

 

PART 11 - A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities - Watch the Lecture

Hosted by Rosy Simas and co-presented in conjunction with Oyate Okodakiciyapi –a series of Native contemporary dance events in the Twin Cities, a partnership with the Ordway and Rosy Simas Danse.

The public talk highlights the incredible diversity of Native people who live and dance in the Twin Cities along with images provided by the Minnesota Historical Society. Guest speakers include Athena Cloud, Lumhe Sampson, Simas, Winona Tahdooahnippah, Larry Yazzie, and Sandy WhiteHawk. Opening prayer led by Janice Bad Moccasin. 
 

Sunday, February 26th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries


PART 12 - Moving Narratives in Latin Dance - Watch the Lecture

Hosted by choreographer Giselle Mejía, featuring guest speakers René Thompson (Cuban of Havana), Eliecer Ramirez-Vargas (Costa Rica), Leo Paixão (Brazilian of Salvador), Manuel Rubio (Puerto Rican of Rio Piedra), and Mejía (Ecuadorian of Esmeraldas).

Sunday, June 4th from 2-4pm
The U.S. Bank Atrium in The Cowles Center

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

 

OPEN HOUSE - Dance, Influence, and Archives
With Judith Brin Ingber, choreographer and writer; Kathryn Hujda, PAA assistant curator; and Michèle Steinwald, series curator. 

Sunday, August 27th from 2-4pm

Andersen Library Room 219
222 21st Ave South

Minneapolis MN 55455

 

PART 13: ART + ATHLETICS - Watch the Lecture

Sunday, October 8, 2017

2-4pm

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 on in their training, these Twin Cities choreographers share their experiences with athleticism and how it translates to dynamic movements and structures on stage.

 

PART 14: WINTER TRADITIONS

Sunday, November 5, 2017

2-4pm

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

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. 

FREE and will be held at Ordway’s Target Atrium (2nd floor lobby)