Author: Margo Gray

In Performance: Lola Arias, Minefield (Out There Festival)

MinefieldLola AriasWalker Art Center Minefield gathers veterans of both sides of a war. However, it may as well be two different wars, as we come to learn that people from the two countries involved hold wildly different view on everything from the name of the conflict to the reason for fighting to the reception of the homecoming troops. Lola Arias has brought together a cast of six veterans of th...

In Performance: Berlin, Zvizdal [Chernobyl, so far–so close] (Out There Festival)

Zvizdal [Chernobyl, so far–so close]BerlinOut There FestivalWalker Art Center When we first meet Nadya and Petro, they sit silently on a bench outside their ramshackle home in a deserted Ukranian village, staring out at the world, occasionally swatting at a fly. This entirely unremarkable moment is projected on both sides of a large screen, to be scrutinized by an audience in tiered seating ...

In Performance: Kaneza Schaal, Jack & (Out There)

JACK &Kaneza Schaal in collaboration with Cornell Alston and Christopher MyersJanuary 2019Walker Art Center A goldfish swims in circles in its tiny bowl at center stage, a prisoner whose inner life, if it has any, we cannot access. It will stay in its bowl, captive and on display, for the duration of the three-part performance in which we delve into the dream life of our recently incarcerated ...

In Performance: nora chipaumire, portrait of myself as my father (Walker Art Center)

portrait of myself as my father nora chipaumire Walker Art Center March 23-25, 2018 A boxing ring is the setting for nora chipaumire’s sparring match with the spectre of her father. The Walker Art Center’s patrons, transplanted to a mildly dilapidated industrial neighborhood and welcomed into the Uppercut Boxer Center (which has the faint scent of all old-school sports facilities: sweat and old so...

In Performance: 600 Highwaymen, The Fever (Out There)

600 Highwaymen The Fever Walker Art Center, Out There Festival The audience enters The Fever by 600 Highwaymen at the Walker’s McGuire Theater through a backstage door and steps onto the stage, which is laid with red floor and surrounded by a single row of chairs. The expectations of these spectators about their usual role have already begun to erode.  Many of these patrons attend the entire Out T...

In Performance: Dana Michel, Mercurial George (Out There Festival)

Mercurial George Dana Michel January 11-13, 2018 Walker Art Center Dana Michel’s solo work Mercurial George is a follow-up to her 2013 work The Yellow Towel, exploring similar themes of identity, but focused in to excavate each idea further down toward its root. Discarded objects litter the stage and serve as a playground for discovery and interaction. Michel’s childlike wonder and curiosity make ...

In Performance: Teatro El Publico (Walker Art Center)

Teatro El Publico’s deconstructed take on Antigone beings in silence and stillness, with the bare bodies of the performers. This stripped down simplicity is in contrast to the pageantry of costumes and voices that will soon obscure the true shapes of the performers. Antigonón, un contingente épico is a montage of monologues and recitations, mixing the whimsical (stories of visiting monkeys at the ...

In Performance: Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio – La Melancolie des Dragons (Out There Festival)

La Melancolie des Dragons Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio Walker Art Center A group of long-haired metalheads sits in a stalled vintage Citroën in a wintery forest. They fiddle with the car radio, share snacks, and chat under cover of blasting music. Then arrives their friend Isabelle, a wise Snow White figure to the metalheads’ seven dwarves. After determining (through inspection and tinkering) t...

In Performance: Okwui Okpokwasili – Poor People’s TV Room (Out There Festival)

Poor People’s TV Room Okwui Okpokwasili Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) As in 2014’s Bronx Gothic, Okwui Okpokwasili is in motion before the audience enters the space. In fact, all four performers (Okpokwasili, Thuli Dumakude, Katrina Reid, and Nehemoyia Young) are already present and in motion. A large sheet of plastic stretches across the stage, separating Okpokwasili from the rest ...

In Performance: Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Play (Out There Festival)

Thank You For Coming: Play Faye Driscoll Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) “The book of the show is not yet written,” Faye Driscoll intones as she welcomes a small group of audience members onto the stage. The show’s interactive opening sequence has the feel of a ritual: the performers sit chanting in a clean, gallery-esque space, surrounded by neatly-arrayed props and costumes. Audience memb...

In Performance: LUIS GARAY/Maneries

Maneries Luis Garay Walker Art Center On stage before the lights go down, dancer Florencia Vecino stands holding a plastic water bottle, and DJ Mauro Ap sits on the floor in front of a laptop. When the scenes descends into a murky blackness where sound and motion are strangely amplified, the audience still remembers that a moment ago the stage was an ordinary place populated by two regular people ...

In Performance: KID KOALA/Nufonia Must Fall

Nufonia Must Fall Kid Koala Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA) Nufonia Must Fall is more than your average “robot falls in love” story. DJ, producer, and artist Kid Koala  has adapted his 340-page graphic novel into a live experience that combines music, puppetry, and over a dozen miniature stages to craft a feature-length film. Under the direction of  K.K. Barrett (the celebrated production...