Katie Ka Vang is an emerging playwright and performer who has battled back from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and lived to write about it. Her new autobiographical solo show is called “Final Round,” and it premieres Oct. 13 for an eight-performance run at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul. Let’s meet Katie, watch a little rehearsal and learn about Katie’s creative sparks in and out of cancer.
For more than 20 years, Joe Chvala and his Flying Foot Forum have taken tap dance to the cutting edge of contemporary theatrical presentation. And now, thanks to the largesse of two St. Paul foundations, Chvala and his collaborators are tackling St. Paul history in a kaleidoscope of immersive, interactive dance in and around Park Square Theatre. This Egg comes from at a rehearsal for “Passing Through Pig’s Eye,” which runs through Sept. 11.
Josie Lewis made bright, layered collages before two miscarriages and a stillbirth turned her world and artwork to darkness. Her first personal and public expressions of those experiences have taken the form of “Dawn Be Dark,” an exhibition on view through Sept. 25 in the Gorecki Gallery at the College of St. Benedict & Saint John’s University, in St. Joseph, Minn. Let’s step into Josie’s home studio to get a glimpse in this 3-Minute Egg.
Tamara Ober is a longtime member of Zenon Dance Company who has built a name away from Zenon as a solo artist. But after injuries in 2014 sidelined her for an entire season with Zenon, Tamara began conceiving a piece to set on other dancers. It’s called “Of Something Human”—a work inspired by world violence and the media that amplifies it—and it’ll be on stage at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Five performances are scheduled Aug. 7-13. This Egg comes from a rehearsal recorded in June.
Mike Hazard sees his artistic life in three parts — writing, photography and documentary video — and all three merge in “Seeds of Change,” an exhibition of photography commissioned by the Hmong-American Farmers Association on view through July at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Let’s meet Mike and learn a little through his lens about the lives and work of local Hmong-American farmers.
Nature inspires the separate artwork of Laura Hallen and Amy Baur, but that’s just about where the similarities end. See for yourself through July 8 in “Petrichor,” a shared exhibition at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Let’s meet Laura and Amy and learn what’s nurtured their takes on nature.
Charles Campbell’s mother and sister died within a short time of each other, and in 2014 Charles created a piece of intimate theater called “Ex” to explore his experiences around those losses. Two years later, through the experimental theater company Skewed Visions, he’s updating “Ex” to reflect how time has shifted and distorted his memories and emotions. Performances are June 16-18 and 23-25.
Carl Flink is one of the pre-eminent modern dancemakers in the Twin Cities, and Marciano Silva dos Santos is making waves with his Brazilian-infused choreography. Now, Black Label Movement and Contempo Physical Dance are entwining for a program at the Cowles Center. Let’s join them in the rehearsal studio and learn a little about their collaborative work and spirit
Gina Louise was a modern dancer, then broke away for a teaching career that lasted more than 10 years. A health condition and the desire to get back into dance drew her to burlesque. Today, she throws occasional variety shows and performs in the Twin Cities and far beyond. This Egg comes from rehearsal for a variety show Gina is creating and curating called “The Emporium of Frolics and Romps.” Performances are 8 p.m. June 15-18 at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis.
Crystal Myslajek and John Marks have shared a creative bond ever since they began dating and making music together 13 years ago. Their new work through the Red Eye Theater’s Isolated Acts series blends John’s abstract film work, Crystal atmospheric vocals and keys and natural sounds John collected from around the theater. Let’s learn a little about what we’re hearing and seeing.