History of Contact Improvisation in the Twin Cities with Patrick Scully and Jane Shockley, and special guests Ric Watson, Kristin Van Loon, Linda Shapiro, Jeff Bartlett, Olive Bieringa, and Otto Ramstad.
This is Part 1 in the Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences series curated by Michèle Steinwald for The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, in partnership with Judith Brin Ingber, choreographer and writer; Cecily Marcus, curator of the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries; Nancy Mason Hauser, videographer, and Linda Shapiro, choreographer and writer, founders of the Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project; and was co-presented with BodyCartography Project in conjunction with Walker Art Center’s Composing Forward: The Art of Steve Paxton. Of Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence, the New York Times critic summarizes the book’s central trope: “For an artist, influence is everything.” Minnesota dance communities have grown organically as the cities have expanded and new ideas and peoples have entered the scene. This series, which includes projects at the Walker Art Center, is a collective remembering and a way to draw on our pasts as a means to envision our futures.
Program supported in part by Judith Brin Ingber and Linda Shapiro.