Posted at 8:15 AM on May 19, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
Ragamala Dance presents "Ihrah: Sacred Waters" at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.
This is an exceptional weekend for dance. Whether you like modern, traditional, or a little bit of everything, this weekend's for you!
Ragamala Dance presents Ihrah: Sacred Water at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Since time immemorial, river worship has been performed in India to respect the vitality of water as a life-sustaining force. Based on the poetic sanctity of these rituals, Ihrah: Sacred Waters is an evening length work set to a live south Indian orchestra and features a specially commissioned world premiere from composer Marc Anderson. Performances run May 20-23.
John Jasperse Company presents "Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies" at the Walker Art Center this Thursday and Friday. By juxtaposing varied styles of dance, performance, and music in a collage that bounces between the sincere and the ironic, John Jasperse asks us to examine what we believe, what we don't, and why.
The Ritz Theater presents the 3rd annual choreographers' evening, "Renovate." The event features new works by a wide variety of local talent. Performances run Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Stephen Epp and Dominique Serrand bring back their production "The House Can't Stand" to the Northrop Auditorium. One lone woman - a lifelong Republican, her husband dead, her children gone - receives a chance phone call that leads her on an attempt to prevent a terrible act of violence. Her pursuit takes her deep into the recesses of her mind and the landscape of the American past. Through May 29.
St. Paul's SteppingStone Theatre presents "The Magic Pot: Three Tales from China." May Ling, a young Chinese girl, finds herself in the middle of ancient fables about emperors, magicians and fabulous riches, that teach her about life, honesty, and true happiness, and pave the way for her own extraordinary adventure. Through May 23.
Form and Content and Traffic Zone Galleries in Minneapolis present "Love Never Dies," an international group exhibition which explores the themes of marriage, family, relationships, aging and generational change in the LGBTQ communities. The artwork includes collage, digital formats, film/video, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
The Classical Actors' Ensemble presents "The Complete Sonnets Festival", staging all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets. The sonnets are divided into two performances - one on Friday night, and the other on Saturday night. If you want to down all of them in one fell swoop, on Sunday you can see both performances back to back. At Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
Here we go again. Puppetry of the Penis is back for another run in the Twin Cities, this time at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Billed as a presentation of "the ancient Australian art of genital origami," it includes such installations as "The Pelican," "The Loch Ness Monster," and "The Hamburger." This Friday night at 7pm and 9:30pm.
Looking for something a little more family friendly? Swede Hollow Park hosts its first annual Plein Air Art Festival. Painters will paint, kids will be provided chalk to make their own art on the sidewalks, and former Hamm's Brewery employees will be on hand to share stories of the good old days. Saturday, May 22 beginning at 10am.
So that's what I've got - what are you doing this weekend?
Posted at 3:20 PM on May 19, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Galleries
The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville present "Trails and Parallels", twenty-eight works by artist Dean Ebben. Ebben (a Minnesota native who now lives in New York) creates fragmented visual narratives that offer various paths for the viewer to explore, whether it's through video, prints, or sculpture. Ebben says he's attempting to put the audience in his own footsteps and then have them make parallels to their own lives.
Trails tend to wind through a place, some over grown and dangerous, some manicured and well traveled. Trails often disappear and reappear over time. Parallels run in straight or curved lines. They travel in unison, always the same, along the equator or in our cities and maps. I find that my ideas and experiences have this duality.
"Trails and Parallels" brings together a series of works that span six years, constructed through whatever means possible to convey a particular ideas. The most ethereal of those works might be the blue and white cyanotypes.
Cyanotype is a non-silver photo process and is one of the first forms of photography. I use the sun to expose the image on sensitized paper or fabric. I use objects to create a resist to light. Cyanotype is great because it is recording the rotation of the earth through the shadows of the objects that are being used as a resist to light. The object leaves an ambiguous image, which I have juxtaposed with text or video.
For me art making and life seem to go hand-in-hand; there is less definition between making things and going about my daily life. Similar to the cyanotype that is recording the day in which it was made, much of what I make has an imprint of what was going on at the time.
Brooklyn Bridge, 2006
In the 15-minute video "Brooklyn Bridge" a simple walk becomes an almost Herculean task. The subject of the video is wearing shoes that are affixed to large buckets, forcing him to take arduous steps as he traverses the bridge. Ebben says he imagines the "bucket walker" to be not unlike the Greek character Sisyphus who is eternally pushing a boulder uphill. The bucket walker makes his way south through Queens and Brooklyn until he reaches the Brooklyn Bridge to begin his walk again, forever creating this pattern.
Ebben says his performance and video work tend to put the performer in a compromised situation. Performers in his videos are often times asked to complete a task that was awkward and imposed. Ebben says while the performers may feel uncomfortable in the situation, they often make some personal discoveries in the process.
They are put in a situation they normally don't find themselves; yet they often adapt to the situation. Walking with the buckets becomes easier, maybe less or more painful. People reflect on their own abilities. It changes peoples perspectives and how they perceive themselves.
Often times Ebben's imagery involves binding his feet or his hands. Other pieces in the exhibition include a woven tapestry, a ladder made from canes and a series of guache paintings. The exhibition runs May 27 - July 22 in the Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries on the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University campus.