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2010-2011 Performing Arts Season


247 Artists
5 Commissions
3 World Premieres
13 Countries
6 U.S. Debuts
22 Events

40 Years of Groundbreaking International Performance

The Walker offers Twin Cities audiences some of the most original, daring, and unforgettable live performing art experiences available anywhere in the world. Many of these projects share a joyous disregard of standard artistic disciplinary boundaries—jazz composers collaborate with filmmakers, dancers join puppeteers, theater artists integrate film into their pieces, and choreographers create “living installations” in a gallery.

The season features a five-part Adventures in New Puppetry series, showcasing virtuosic works from South Africa, Latvia, Canada, England, and Minnesota. This year’s celebrated Out There festival of alternative performance features a full spectrum of thrilling work drawn from across Europe. Join us to welcome the return of acclaimed artists Ralph Lemon, Eiko & Koma, the Kronos Quartet, Gob Squad, and Improbable Theatre as well as many voices from across the world new to Minnesota.

Philip Bither
McGuire Senior Curator, Performing Arts

Season Preview with Philip Bither

The public is invited to a free 2010–2011 Performing Arts Season Preview on Thursday, September 9, at 7 pm in the McGuire Theater. Performing arts senior curator Philip Bither presents videos, music, and backstories for the intriguing new projects, major commissions, boundary-bending collaborations, returning eminent artists, and fresh voices from across the world that make up this rousing season.


The upper balcony of the McGuire Theater is the place to meet the artists, talk about the show, and enjoy a drink ($5 wine, $3 beer, $2 soda). Open after all performances and before select shows.


Connect with the Artists

Activities include workshops, discussions, openingnight celebrations, open rehearsals, or even the chance to perform. We look forward to your participation in the unique experiences these programs have to offer. For details and audio/video clips for each project, click each of the season’s related events listed below.

Walker Channel

Watch live webcasts of Walker programs, such as Making Music and Talking Dance lectures, and
mine archives that include podcasts, remarks by hundreds of contemporary artists from a variety of disciplines, panel discussions involving critics and audiences, artist talks, and musical and literary performances by some of today’s leading voices. Visit


Online Conversations

After the show, join a conversation about it online, where you’ll also find articles, reviews, and interesting facts about each event. Visit the Walker’s Facebook page and

A Think and a Drink

Join other Walker members for this exclusive event that brings together curators and artists before a performance to socialize over light snacks and a drink at our cash bar. Save the dates: Ralph Lemon (9/24/2010), Brad Mehldau (11/5/2010), and Lucinda Childs (4/8/2011). Limited space and discounted tickets available. Make a reservation at or 612.375.7655.


Meet at the back of the Balcony Bar after every Saturday dance and Out There performance for an
informal dialogue with a Walker tour guide and a local choreographer or theater artist. Think book
club, but with a performance. Jump into the discussion or just listen in as others hash it out after the show. Your questions. Your answers. Risk-free.

Gallery Tours

Before select performances, spend time in the Walker galleries on a guided tour exploring themes present in the show you’re about to experience. Tour length: 45 minutes. Capacity is limited; to reserve a tour spot, call 612.375.7600.