Walker Announces 2010-2011 performing arts season

In the wake of confirming budget cuts and layoffs, the Walker Art Center is now announcing its 2010-2011 performing arts season.

Despite the budget cuts, the Walker is commissioning five new works which will go on world tours after their premieres in Minneapolis. And the season continues the Walker's tradition of commissioning new works that test the boundaries of typical artistic genres.

2010-2011 features a five-part "Adventures in Puppetry" series, which, over the course of the season, brings together the work of artists from Canada, Britain, Slovenia, Latvia and South Africa, while also paying tribute to the Twin Cities' own dynamic "puppetry community." As part of the series, Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis will present an extended run of its Toy Theatre Festival.

The season also brings back many familiar names to the Walker to perform new works, including choreographer Ralph Lemon, the Kronos Quartet, the Gob Squad and Improbable Theater.

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In November, Japanese movement artists Eiko and Koma will perform Naked, an installation piece in which they move in and among the Walker's collection every day for a month.

This year's Out There series consists entirely of European artists, performing mixtures of music, puppetry, film and theater, as well as a Belgian documentary on a small town in Colorado.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater's Susana di Palma hosts this year's Choreographers' Evening.

The season also hosts an array of new music by percussionist Tony Allen, Wordless Music Orchestra and Tyondai Braxton, Violinist Jenny Scheinman, Copenhagen pop band Efterklang and the Brad Mehldau Quintet.

In addition, other performances blend film with jazz, and theater with ballet. And choreographer Lucinda Childs' minimalist piece Dance gets a remount 30 years after it first premiered in Minneapolis.