Walker Art Center announces 2012-2013 performance season

The Walker Art Center announced today the coming year's performance season, and there's lots to like. From fresh new voices to familiar icons, the program includes six commissions and three world premieres. Here's a look at just some of what's coming up:


Back to Back Theatre presents Ganesh Versus the Third Reich as part of the Walker Art Center's 2012-2013 performing arts season

Photo courtesy the artist

The season gets started in September with a performance by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Commissioned by the Walker, And lose the name of action melds dance with neuroscience and paranormal phenomena.

Later that month Sō Percussion comes to town and collaborates with, among others, local choreographer Emily Johnson.

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Patrick Scully and Aparna Ramaswamy will co-curate the Walker Art Center's 40th Choreographers' Evening

Photo: Gene Pittman, Courtesy Walker Art Center

In October Voices of Strength: New Dance and Theater by Women from Africa features new works by five female director-choreographers from across the African continent.

Then BodyCartography Project returns to the Twin Cities to perform Super Nature, in which it explores "the wild and

civilized aspects of human nature with idiosyncratic movements drawn from bodily impulses and social interactions."


Iconic performance artist Laurie Anderson performs at the Walker Art Center November 2 and 3

Photo: Lucie Jansch

November marks the return of the iconic performance artist Laurie Anderson to the Walker Art Center for the first time in ten years. Her latest work Dirtday! brings together Darwinism, feminism, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Willie Nelson, alien popes, and other pressing matters.

On November 24 Patrick Scully and Aparna Ramaswamy curate the 40th Choreographers' Evening, a one evening snapshot of the Twin Cities vibrant dance scene, presenting emerging talent alongside seasoned pros.


Fatoumata Diawara performs at The Cedar in April 2013

Photo: Youri Lenquette

Before taking a break for the holidays, the Walker presents a two day celebration of the work of choreographer Deborah Hay, appropriately named "Hay Days."

Then in January it's the 25th annual Out There series, presenting cutting edge works from around the globe, including Back to Back Theatre's Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.. Back to Back hails from Australia and creates new forms of contemporary theater "imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors with disabilities, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to all people."

With the onset of spring comes a whole host of musical guests, including Ben Frost, Glenn Kotche, John Zorn, Fatoumata Diawara, and Craig Taborn, among others.