Audition Announcement for the 50th Anniversary celebration of Choreographers’ Evening, Curated by Judith Howard and Alanna Morris
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Audition Announcement for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Choreographers’ Evening, Curated by Judith Howard and Alanna Morris

WHAT’S NOW?!

We are so honored to curate the 50th anniversary of Choreographers’ Evening and to celebrate with the Minnesota community five decades of dance at the Walker Art Center, showcasing the great talent of our independent choreographers! This is a special one! We are excited to see what you are making and what is alive for you now!

We invite artists who are critically and deeply engaged in their practice. When thinking about what work you will bring to this showcase we encourage thinking on the following: What questions are you asking now? What are you seeing/experiencing in the dance world? What are you not seeing/experiencing? What methods of your life practice do you crave showing up more in your creative work? How has the pandemic affected your life/creative practice? What is grounding you now? What does your heart want to do?

WE CALL IN ALL:

• joyful interrogators
• dance expanders
• emerging makers
• established tricksters
• serious inquirers
• holy survivors
• proposers of futures
• pleasure seekers
• justice workers
• freedom lovers
• form conveyors
• physical thinkers
• proscenium disruptors
• queer creators
• Black and Brown diviners
• ancestral sanctifiers
• bold dreamers
• gender blenders
• practical schemers
• feral collaborators
• doubtful believers
• Minnesota makers
• YOU!

BRING IT!

As curators of Walker’s Choreographers’ Evening, we prioritize inclusion, difference, multiple voices, identities, and approaches to movement and performance.

Judith Howard has been making dances in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years and her work has been presented at numerous venues, nationally and internationally, including the Walker Art Center, the Southern Theater, 9×22 Dance Lab, the NY Improvisation Festival and the Festival of Contemporary Dance in Yaroslavl, Russia. Her choreographic research includes the equation of gender and spectacle, geopolitical injustices, subversive and collaborative procedures, ineffable states of being, and pushing the proscenium. She has performed the work of numerous choreographers including: Super Group, HIJACK, Morgan Thorson, Laurie Van Wieren, Off-Leash Area, Shapiro and Smith, Skewed Visions, April Sellers, and Mad King Thomas. Her work has been supported by the McKnight and Jerome Foundations, the MN Regional Arts Council, and Carleton College. She was selected “Twin Cities Best Choreographer” in 2005, and has received Sage Awards for: Outstanding Performance (with April Sellers, 2006), Outstanding Dance Educator (2014), and Outstanding Performer for her solo in the work of Super Group (2016). Howard is currently a professor in dance at Carleton College, where she is the chair of the Theater and Dance Department and director of the Dance Program.


Alanna Morris is a Dancer-Choreographer, Educator, Artist Organizer, and Curator. Morris danced with TU Dance (St. Paul) under Artistic Directors, Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands from 2007–2017. In 2020, they served as the company’s Artistic Associate and is a founding teaching artist at the School at TU Dance Center. In 2018 they were named Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch!” In 2019, Minneapolis’ City Pages’ Artist of the Year and Best Choreographer for their solo, “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” They have received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation for Dance (2015) and Choreography (2021) and is a Springboard Danse Montreal Fellow (2022). Alanna returns from working in Montréal for the month of June, researching and presenting her choreography for an ensemble of danseurs. Morris is the Artistic Director of AMVTP/I.AM.Arts, founded in 2017 to produce collaborative solo dance works and global commissions that uplift and inspire our humanity; educational programs that utilize the creative arts as a tool for self-development; and community-building initiatives that assist mid-career women Creatives with spiritual, professional, and economic resources to thrive. Morris is currently developing a thesis around the divinity of black-ness, being researched in phases over multiple years and collaborative solo performance. Its last presentation was co-presented by the Great Northern Festival, the Cowles Center for Dance, and Northrop February 2022 for in-person and livestream audiences. Morris is currently touring Let The Crows Come with Ashwini Ramaswamy and collaborators. She is a Visiting Professor of Dance at Carleton College and a graduate of the Juilliard School and LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts (NY). www.alannamvt.com

• Choreographers must live in Minnesota.
• Works typically range from three to six minutes in length and should not exceed seven minutes.
• Ensembles are welcome to audition.
• Works-in-progress are accepted. This can include a live sketch, video viewing at audition, images, fabrics, or other materials to communicate the work in its completion.
• Live auditions are preferred; however, video submissions will be accepted.
• Please audition with the same work that you would like to present.

• To sign up for an in-person audition time slot, please click here to select a date and fill out the form by Monday, August 15, 11:59 pm.
• Audition time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Auditions are held in 15-minute intervals.
• Masking is encouraged in public spaces and inside the theater, except when you are auditioning.
• Artists will be notified of final decisions from the curators by mid-September.


Live Auditions dates:
• Sunday, August 21, 11 am–1 pm, 2–5 pm
• Monday, August 22, 3–5 pm, 6–9 pm
• Tuesday, August 23, 3–5 pm, 6–9 pm


Location: McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

• To send a video of your work, please submit this Video Audition Form by Monday, August 15, 11:59 pm.
• Video submissions must provide a URL link and passcode, if protected.
• Videos will be viewed up to 10 minutes. Please include start and end times if the video is longer.
• Artists will be notified of final decisions from the curators by mid-September.

For more information about the auditions, please contact Judith Howard or Alanna Morris at performingarts@walkerart.org. Additional questions can be directed to Julie Voigt at julie.voigt@walkerart.org.

• Two-hour group photo shoot in September or October. (Date/time to be determined once artists are selected, based on everyone’s availability.)
• One-hour technical rehearsal will full company on Monday, November 21 or Tuesday, November 22, between 12 noon–10 pm. Individual dates and time to be determined.
• Dress rehearsal, starting at 10 am, staying through performances at 4 and 7 pm, on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

For details on the tech support provided to artists for the in-person auditions and performance event, please review the Tech Support Guidelines 2022.

Each of the selected choreographers will receive a guaranteed fee of $800 for their participation.

August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm: Deadline to request a time slot for in-person auditions;
Deadline to submit video audition submissions
August 21, 2022: In-person auditions from 11 am – 1pm, 2 – 5pm
August 22, 2022: In-person auditions from 3 – 5pm, 6 – 9 pm
August 23, 2022: In-person auditions from 3 – 5pm, 6 – 9 pm
Mid-September 2022: Artists notified of final decisions
September/October 2022: Group photo shoot (schedule to be determined)
November 21-22, 2022: Tech rehearsals, between noon and 10 pm (schedule to be determined)
November 26, 2022: Dress rehearsal at 10 am; public performances at 4 and 7 pm