“Michelson transforms performance spaces in the most extraordinary way… . It is as if Fassbinder could dance.” —Artforum
Based in New York by way of Manchester, UK, Sarah Michelson has designed a work that responds directly to the Walker’s ability to house and present both live performance and art objects within one institution, and the ways they are empowered when viewed and categorized by an audience. Daylight (for Minneapolis), commissioned by the Walker and developed in conversation with expansion architects Herzog & de Meuron, is the second of a three-part work (Part 1 was made for P.S. 122, and Part 3 for Brooklyn Academy of Music, both in New York). Each segment lifts conceptual and architectural elements into the other, thereby foregrounding the theatrical sites themselves and forcing the dance to become a miniature study of the American touring circuit. Daylight (for Minneapolis) is driven by the romance, rigor, and futility of modern dance and the generosity of its cast and the house that presents it.
Celebrating architecture through choreography, Michelson premieres a dance/installation experience inspired by the design of the Walker’s new building and the McGuire Theater. Called “fearless, witty, and completely individual … one of the most riveting dancers in New York” (Time Out New York), Michelson brings with her a cast of highly skilled dancers and collaborators. Co-commissioned by P.S.122 and the National Performance Network Creation Fund.
World Premiere/Walker Commission