Controversy to Canon: Watching Lucinda Childs' "Dance"

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Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 14:00 - 17:00

This workshop is offered in conjunction with the Walker Art Center’s presentation of a remount of Lucinda Childs’ 1979 piece "Dance" and the related exhibit "Sol LeWitt: 2D + 3D." A once-controversial collaboration between choreographer Lucinda Childs, visual artist Sol LeWitt, and composer Philip Glass, "Dance" has been accepted into a canon of late 20th century performance.

This workshop explores the piece’s historical and artistic context and the controversy that surrounds such work. Asking the question, “what makes a minimal aesthetic, repetition, or pedestrian movements controversial?” the workshop is designed to provide a grounding of knowledge and tools that can be used both to better understand “Dance” and to approach other work.

Using a combination of lecture, discussion, excerpts of performance films, short writing activities and a tour of the Sol LeWitt exhibit, this class is designed to offer insights to students with varying experiences with the visual and performing arts. Prior knowledge of art history or contemporary performance is not required.
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Workshop date: Saturday, April 2, 2-5 p.m. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday, a day of free gallery access and programming held the first Saturday of every month. The Walker is also free to the public from 5-9 p.m. on Target Free Thursday Nights.

Students interested in delving deeper beyond the workshop are encouraged to attend the following programs:

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 pm: Talking Dance with Lucinda Childs.
Childs joins Philip Bither, McGuire Senior Performing Arts Curator for a candid discussion of her artistic collaborations and her legacy. Walker Cinema, FREE.

Thursday, April 7-Saturday, April 9, 8:00 pm: “Dance” performances in the Walker’s McGuire Theatre. The Walker is happy to announce that they have received funding to provide a free ticket to each EXCO workshop participant! Tickets will be arranged upon workshop completion.

Saturday, April 9: SpeakEasy! Following the Saturday evening performance of a run, the Walker opens its balcony bar for an information discussion about the work. Akin to a book club, but for dance, the SpeakEasy series offers opportunities for audience members to share their responses, interpretations, and questions in an open and welcoming environment.

Location

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
44° 58' 4.8036" N, 93° 17' 17.8116" W
Facilitator's experience: 
Jessica Fiala graduated with an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree titled “Performing Arts in the 20th Century: Theory, Context, and Practice” through the University of Minnesota in 2003. She returned to the U of MN for an interdisciplinary master’s program focused in Museum Studies and Cultural Studies, which she completed in 2008. She has since gone through the Walker Art Center’s tour guide training program and has been giving tours since 2009. She has also volunteered with the Walker’s SpeakEasy post-performance discussion series since its incarnation in 2010. Jessica performs with Ragamala Dance and works at the Alliance Française de Minneapolis/St Paul.
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
44° 58' 4.8036" N, 93° 17' 17.8116" W
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