Sarah Michelson: Daylight (for Minneapolis)
Skip to main content

Sarah Michelson: Daylight (for Minneapolis)

Photo: Gene Pittman

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


  • Major commissioning funds also provided by the Creative Capital Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, and the Doris Duke Fund for Jazz and Dance.


    Supported in part with funds from Community Fund of the National Performance Network (NPN), the Bush Foundation, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Moore Family Fund for the Arts of The Minneapolis Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, the Altria Group, Inc. and Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Presented in association with the National Performance Network (NPN).


    This presentation is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.