The Southern Theater presents “SOLO” Premiere performances by recipients of the 2008 and 2009 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers: Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipel, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman and Roxane Wallace-Patterson from July 8-11, 2010 at The Southern, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454.
This Southern Theater signature event features world premieres from six of the Twin Cities’ finest dancers and recipients of the 2008 and 2009 McKnight Artist Fellowships forDancers. As part of their awarded fellowship, the Southern Theater has commissioned a choreographer of each dancer’s choosing to create a new work expressly for them.
“The SOLO Commissioning Program is an unusual opportunity for our fellows—and is unique in the dance world at large—because it puts the dancer in the driver’s seat,” said McKnight Fellowship Program Director Mary Ellen Childs. “They get to choose the choreographer. Many of the dancers tell us it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and it can be a profound, even life-changing, experience.”
“Over the last 8 years we’ve commissioned two dozen new solo works for our dance fellows from choreographers from Minnesota to New York to Europe, Japan and Africa,” added Childs. “It’s an opportunity for us to feature some of our community’s most riveting dancers in brand new work created specifically for their talents and interests.”
McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers recipients Commissioned choreographers
Mary Ann Bradley Shawn McConneloug (Minnesota)
Sam Feipel Jennifer Hart (Texas)
Kats D Fukasawa Katsura Kan (Japan)
Justin Leaf John Kelly (New York)
Karen Sherman Dan Hurlin (New York)
Roxane Wallace-Patterson Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa/France)
The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and SOLO are made possible through the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.
Performances: July 8-11, 2010
Thurs. at 7:30pm, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun at 7pm.
Opening night pre-show champagne reception
Post-show discussion Sat. July 10 Closing night post-show reception for artists and audience at Red Stag Supperclub (approximately 9:30pm)
Southern Theater box office: 612.340.1725