Performance Arts

  • Dancers explore the darker side of the Carpenters' story
    For people of a certain age, the prospect of an evening of Carpenters music probably raises some mixed emotions. The brother-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter pumped out hit after hit in the 1970s. However behind the scenes the Carpenters were troubled. Karen struggled with an eating disorder which was to claim her life in 1983. That facade of pop music happiness covering a real life tragedy forms the basis of a new dance presentation in Minneapolis this weekend.March 4, 2011
  • Ordway's new season bringing Broadway hits to St. Paul
    The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will present several current Broadway hits as part of its 2011-2012 season, including Tony Award-winning Musical "Memphis."February 24, 2011
  • A career in the theater as a composer
    It's preview week for the Guthrie Theater's new production of Shakespeare's "The Winters Tale," and one of the people scrambling to get things ready is composer Adam Wernick. Just as the actors are honing their performances Wernick will refine the music right up to Friday's opening night.February 1, 2011
  • Guthrie's 'savior,' Michael Langham, dies
    Theater director Michael Langham has died. Langham is credited with saving the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from ruin in the 1970s, serving as artistic director from 1971 till 1977.January 17, 2011
  • A snowsuit tells tales of terror
    Few people would link a toddler's snowsuit with the horrors of totalitarianism. Yet this weekend at the Walker Art Center some eastern European performers are doing just that. In "Show Your Face!" the snowsuit comes alive through a mixture of puppetry, movement and music.January 6, 2011
  • Walker aims to break through artistic boundaries
    Evolving technology, public expectations, and a constantly changing world are leading to surprising developments in artistic disciplines. In coming weeks, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will present a performing arts show with no performers, and a film screening with no film.December 30, 2010
  • Duluth's NorShor Theater gets planning grant
    A Duluth arts group has obtained a $10,000 grant to develop a business plan for the historic NorShor theater.December 28, 2010
  • Opera for a modern audience
    The incoming director of the Minnesota Opera is an accomplished musician in his own right, with compositions performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. He joins Midmorning to talk about the challenge of bringing opera to 21st century audiences.Midmorning, December 16, 2010
  • For Eiko and Koma, it's a lot of work being 'Naked'
    For the last two weeks performers Eiko and Koma have spent six hours a day, six days a week, rolling slowly in a pile of dirt straw and feathers at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.November 19, 2010
  • Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Bloomington
    Does the song "Ne Me Quitte Pas" ring a bell? How about "Carousel?" If you're not familiar with the music of Belgian singer Jacques Brel, the Bloomington Civic Theatre would like to change that.November 5, 2010
  • The dirt on the Walker's 'Naked' exhibit
    For the next month veteran Japanese artists Eiko and Koma will perform in the Walker Art Center galleries for six hours a day, six days a week -- completely nude.November 2, 2010
  • Epic production explores history of Afghanistan
    The politics of Afghanistan have confounded the West for centuries. A new production opening tomorrow at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is designed to provide some explanation. "The Great Game: Afghanistan" is an epic show, lasting seven and a half hours.September 28, 2010
  • From the page to the stage
    The Guthrie Theater brings Louise Erdrich's novel "The Master Butchers Singing Club" to the stage this month. The show describes the intersecting lives of a German immigrant and butcher and a sideshow performer as they settle into the small town of Argus, North Dakota.Midmorning, September 16, 2010
  • Multiple art fairs bring artists to Twin Cities
    More than 700 artists are in the Twin Cities this weekend for multiple art fairs. The Loring Park Art Festival, Powderhorn Art Fair and Uptwon Art Fair are all this weekend.August 7, 2010
  • Civil rights history takes stage at Guthrie
    "The Scottsboro Boys," which opens Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, tells the story of a pivotal civil rights case. John Kander, half of the Kander and Ebb team which wrote the musicals "Cabaret," and "Chicago," is in Minnesota working on the show.August 5, 2010

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