Walker Art Center Continues Winter Traditions

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As is fitting for a series that has always brought provocative, exhilarating, unexpected theatrical experiences to the Twin Cities, Out There celebrates its 20th season by presenting four American ensembles new to the Walker Art Center and Minnesota—their breathtaking dance-theater and physical drama is helping point the way to the future of live performance art.

Out There 20: Moving toward the Future opens Wednesday–Saturday, January 9–12, with New York City free radical choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and his Powerful People performers in their latest work of movement, live music, and text, Everyone. The company reworks the configuration of the William and Nadine McGuire Theater for this intimate experience. The series continues with the young and witty New York City company The TEAM (Theater of the Emerging American Moment) with Particularly in the Heartland on Thursday–Saturday, January 17–19. Polar bears, smoke, ghost rock, and the unexpected come together in conceptual and performance artist Claude Wampler's PERFORMANCE (career ender) on Thursday–Saturday, January 24–26. Out There 20 concludes with the Walker commission of dance-theater artist David Neumann/advanced beginner group's Feed Forward on Thursday–Saturday, January 31–February 2, featuring live music by maverick composer Eve Beglarian performed by local trombone players.

Launched in 1989 by former Performing Arts Curator John Killacky in partnership with the Southern Theater, Out There 1 featured performances by Rachel Rosenthal, David Cale, Michael Sommers, Alex Alexander, Mary Ellen Childs, David Hall, Majorie Hess, Alan Lindblad, Stephen Polk, Dave Stauffer, and Laurie Van Wieren. Over the last two decades the series has continued to be a platform for boundary-defying, courageous performers across disciplines. Senior Curator, Performing Arts, Philip Bither comments, "For 20 years, Out There has offered an inspiring platform for some of the world's most inventive, ahead-of -the-curve contemporary theater and performance artists and ensembles.

Out There performances often joyously blur the lines between dance, theater, media, music, visual art, and electronics, giving us a window on where live performance is heading in the 21st century. We are thrilled that the festival has helped nationally establish such important artists as John Jeserun, Ping Chong, Holly Hughes, SITI Company/Ann Bogart, Basil Twist, Roger Guenviere Smith, Elevator Repair Service, Improbable Theater, Rude Mechanicals, Gob Squad, Young Jean Lee, and many others. We are also proud that Out There has premiered some remarkable Walker commissions, including landmark work by Ron Vawter, Dan Hurlin, Richard Maxwell, Dan Graham, Eiko & Koma, Big Dance Theater, Cynthia Hopkins, and others." -- www.walkerart.org

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