MINNEAPOLIS — Ananya Dance Theatre will present “Blue Dream Journeys” as part of the 2014 Northern Spark festival on Saturday-Sunday, June 14-15, 2014, at Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church Street, SE, Minneapolis, on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The event is free and open to the public, with the exception of a ticketed Launch Party at Orchestra Hall and closing Pancake Feed with Bachelor Farmer x Al’s Breakfast at Aria.
“Blue Dream Journeys” is an audience participatory performance that will begin outside Northrop and culminate inside the Hubbard Broadcasting Rehearsal Studio. Performances featuring Ananya Dance Theatre, guest artists, and live musicians will happen every hour, beginning on the hour, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“Blue Dream Journeys” is supported by an Imagine Fund Special Events Grant. for informaiton visit www.ananyadancetheatre.org.
Inspired by stories of women’s aspirations to achieve daunting dreams, “Blue Dream Journeys” moves metaphorically from the midnight blues of past pain and lost hope towards the red-tinged blues of a future dawn where dreams become manifest.
“Blue Dream Journeys” is presented by Ananya Dance Theatre Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea, is a dancer, choreographer, dance scholar, and Director of the Dance Program and Professor in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance in the University of Minnesota.
Ananya Dance Theatre is a company of women artists of color committed to the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice.
The Northern Spark 2014 Opening Ceremony begins at the Minneapolis Convention Center at 8:30 p.m., with MC Mark Wheat of event sponsor 89.3 The Current, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, and music by Mu Daiko and GRRRL PRTY.
On the evening of June 14, 2014, Northern Spark expects 50,000 people will gather in Minneapolis to explore giant video projections, amazing temporary sculptures, and astonishing performances. Friendly crowds, food trucks, surprises, and late night adventures make Northern Spark the one-night event that people talk about for the rest of the year.
With 125+ projects by 250+ emerging and renowned artists from Minnesota and far beyond, 50+ presenting cultural partners, and our sponsor Metro Transit opening the Green Line on June 14th and offering free rides all weekend, we’re planning for the most lively and engaging Northern Spark to date.
Follow the performers in moving through a labyrinth of reflection that begins on the David M. Lilly Plaza outside Northrop Auditorium and winging into the building to arrive beneath designer Jack Becker’s cloudscape installation in the Hubbard Broadcasting Rehearsal Studio. There, the performers and their community of witnesses will celebrate their imagined dreams through dance and live music curated by Greg Schutte.
Other highlights include Chicago-based video artist Jefferson Pinder, who is filming and presenting a new piece about strength and endurance. Relay is inspired by the tradition of Somali long-distance runners and includes Somali-Americans who live in the Twin Cities using the action of running as a metaphor for labor in a transformative journey.
A giant light sculpture, an interactive media piece, and a multilayered architectural projection montage all in one, Luke Savisky’s E/x MN puts you into the artwork on a monumental scale. Within pulsing layers of color and motion imagery, audience members participate in a live projection event as their projected faces and bodies move through and interact with the shapes of the enormous silos of the Gold Medal flour mill. Accompanied by a soundscape composed by Savisky’s long-time collaborators ambient masters Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride of Stars of the Lid, the resulting experience will create a haunting, otherworldly scene against the Minneapolis skyline.
At Northern Lights.mn we’ve followed HOTTEA’s work from street to gallery and back. This year we invited the artist known as HOTTEA to create monumental art for the festival. His piece, La Maroma, is his most ambitious public sculpture to date—a 100-foot span of yarn hanging underneath the Third Avenue bridge. La Maroma was inspired by a childhood story his mother told him about the Ayutla River in Mexico.
In Balancing Ground (winner of this year’s Creative City Challenge), artists Amanda Lovelee, Christopher Field, Kyle Waites, and Sarah West arranged teeter-totters and benches under a canopy of shadow patterns and prismatic colors to create an interactive space for play and reflection. Listen: community voices will speak to you.
The artists’ collective MakeSh!t gets together to make art inspired by their common interests in graphic design, architecture, printmaking, drawing, and the social act of collaborative creation. Public Acts of Drawing brings their practice of gathering around members’ dinner tables and basement workshops to make art out into the world for all of us to experience.
See all artists descriptions at http://2014.northernspark.org/art-and-events/art-and-events.
The 2014 Northern Spark locations for 35+ venues, all in Minneapolis, include: Zone A: Minneapolis Convention Center; Zone B: West River Parkway (from the Guthrie Theatre to the Hennepin Avenue Bridge); Zone C: Downtown / Hennepin Cultural District; Zone D: Walker Art Center – Loring Corners; Zone E: Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Midtown Greenway; Zone F: University of Minnesota (Weisman Art Museum, The Bell Museum of Natural History, Northrop Auditorium, and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery).
Northern Spark is presented by Northern Lights.mn, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space. Northern Spark is one night, but Northern Lights.mn shines throughout the year with projects such as Creative City Challenge at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Giant Sing-A-Long at the Minnesota State Fair, and Saint Paul Union Depot’s public art program.