Elements in Translation

Hey, y’all, Arturo Miles has a new show this Friday and Saturday, Elements in Translation. Seeing as the last show he guest-curated filled up every available seat, necessitated a row of people sitting on the floor, and packed the lobby to the extent that I had to stand on the counter to see the show–I would definitely urge you to be there before 7:30.

The ’Elements in Translation’ series continues at Patrick’s Cabaret.
aneka mcmullen
debra mcgee
epitome no question
arturo miles
amy sackett
b-boy j-sun
kenna sarge
vocalist ashley gold

This time featuring choreographers-

an evening of hip-hop dance,modern, jazz, breakin,spoken word,and singing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and by the way, last week’s Spirit in the House=FANTABULOUS. Have I mentioned how much I want to kill people astronomically more musically or physically talented than me? (So, so much.) But then I wouldn’t get to listen to them sing and play musical instruments and dance, so I guess they’re safe. For now. *cue spooky music* Oh, and attending an Amy Salloway performance is now an official item on my Things to Do Again Before I Die list. The evening ended with a short preview film about the role of the queer tribal elder; if the eventual full-length movie is half as good it will still kick ass. Please visit www.gaywisdom.org to see how your contributions can help finish this important film.

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Fresh Fruit and Spirit in the House (Spirit in the House!)

So if any of you listened to Fresh Fruit last Thursday you’ll get my “Spirit in the House!’ reference. And if not, well, why didn’t you? Still, all is not lost. You can listen at http://www.kfai.org/node/89. Dean Seal gives detailed and eloquent background on Spirit in House (both the annual tradition and the show going on tomorrow and Saturday) and whoever invented the word “um” sues me for trademark infringement. I did have fun, though, and you should go check it out.

Also, on a completely random side note, my voice sounds more like that of my older sister’s than I ever realized.

But! Time for ‘Spirit in the House’ info. Ta da!

January 16th and 17th at 8 PM

3010 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis


Dean J. Seal presents

Spirit in the House

This time featuring:

Leslie Ball with Music of the Spheres.
Dean J. Seal with Backward Ecclesiastes.
Theater for the Thirsty presents ’Something Priceless for Cheap’
Steven Solberg with the film “Standing On The Bones of Our Ancestors”
with
Dance by Ransomed Messengers
and an
Original Monologue by Amy Salloway

Theater for the Thirsty presents

Something Priceless for Cheap
Songs and spoken word exposing broken hearts and bankrupt souls in the shadowed world of pornography.
With Vanessa Gamble and Kelley Larson

Ransomed Messengers is a inter-denominational Christian dance troupe seeking to share life journeys of struggle and hope through dance.

We dance in a variety of styles but mostly a mix of modern, jazz and interpretive dance. Our dances celebrate God’s glory and reflect the stuff of life – stories from the heart that can’t always be expressed just in words.


Amy Salloway
is the creator and performer of three original solo comedies — “Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?”, “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!”, and “Circumference” — all of which began their lives at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and have gone on to tour to Fringes, theatres, colleges, festivals, conferences and events all over the US and Canada (and beyond!). She can often be seen in cabarets and group shows around the Twin Cities like Rockstar Storytellers, Cheap Theater, Balls, and Women Stand Up! For more info, check out www.amysalloway.com.

Steven Solberg presents “Standing On The Bones of Our Ancestors: Exploring The Role of The Queer Tribal Elder”

a 21-Minute Preview of a feature length documentary in progress that illuminates the altruistic and spiritual dimensions of what it means to be GLBTQ and the vital need for elders to emerge in our communities.

Sarah LaRose Holland

O Noble Readers of This Blog, I beseech thee, please extend your forgiveness to your most humble servant for my exgregious overuse of my laptop’s Copy-Paste function. Truly, I give far too easily into temptation, especially with a final performance due in Acting tomorrow and with Sarah LaRose Holland’s eloquent, editing-unnecessary responses to my e-mail interview sitting right within reach. Lo! I am weak, and offer less resistance than a fat kid doth to cake, or so 50 Cent would have us believe.

Anyhow, there shall be in the future another Kinetic Kitchen, and I swear on the soul of Gene Roddenberry, I will endeavor to actually write an article that time.

Behold, the fruits of my sin, the unedited e-mail interview:

1. What is it that you love most about the artistic work you do, and why?

 

As the presenter of the Kinetic Kitchen, I enjoy providing opportunity for choreographers to showcase their work. The series brings together artists that may or may not know each other and provides a vehicle for performing their work. It’s a great way for an artist to focus on the creation of their dances, and I take care of the nuts and bolts of helping them get their art onto the stage. This is very satisfying, helping choreographers get their work out in front of audiences.

2. How is performing at Patrick’s Cabaret different from doing so at other venues?

 

The Cabaret has a unique ambience and performance space. It’s very cozy and intimate. It’s not your typical black box performance space. The Cabaret has been a very good fit for the dance series. Interest in and support for the Kinetic Kitchen dance series has grown tremendously since relocating the dance series to Patrick’s Cabaret. The Cabaret also does a lot to help make presenting dance easier for me by allowing me to showcase the Kinetic Kitchen as a Guest Curator. The Cabaret allows me as a presenter to focus on presenting, similar to how the Kinetic Kitchen allows choreographers to focus on being choreographers. It’s a very good fit all around. Patrick Scully has also helped on a personal level to advise me as a presenter and has supported my dance series both personally and professionally. That personal connection with Patrick is also a very big reason why I so enjoy having the Kinetic Kitchen at Patrick’s Cabaret.

3. What would you say are the major influences on your work?

 

As a dance presenter, I’d say the big influences have been other venues that have allowed me opportunity to discover that I could start to showcase other people’s work. Christopher Watson has given me many opportunities over the years to help facilitate dance performances with multiple choreographers on the bill. He gave me the chance to organize some “2 Flights Up!” performances at his old dance school in the Calhoun Building in Uptown Minneapolis. Christopher also allowed me the chance to organize some of the outdoor “Dances at the Lakes Festival” held each summer in the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in Minneapolis. During my 7 year position as Artistic Director of Riverbend Dance Arts in Hastings, I also learned a lot about obtaining funding for performances and facilitating those events with the dance school and guest artists. Then I’ve also had the opportunity to realize the benefits of performing in shared performances through my professional career as a dancer and choreographer. When I first came up with the idea to start the Kinetic Kitchen, I contacted Laurie Van Wieren to find out if we could talk about her experiences as a Dance Presenter. She was very generous with sharing her ideas and experiences as Curator of “9 x 22: A Dance Lab”. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten the chance to collaborate and grow with the Dancers-Presenters Circle (DPC). Our most visible collaborations have been working together to compile a week of dance each year in celebration of National Dance Week in the twin cities.

4.What is one thing about yourself, your work, your philosophy, whatever, that you think should definitely make it into the blog post?

The Kinetic Kitchen is a dance series based in Minneapolis that showcases many styles of dance and movement. The series is based at Patrick’s Cabaret and performances are held about 3 times per year. There are usually 4 choreographers showcased in each Kinetic Kitchen. I also present a dance series for youth called the Kinetic Playground. This series takes place annually at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. Annual Playgrounds are held in January. For more information about either of these series, please visit http://www.mnartists.org/sarah_larose or contact Sarah LaRose-Holland at sarahlarose@hotmail.com Both the Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground were founded by Sarah in 2004. Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground events have been hosted at Patrick’s Cabaret, the Mounds Theatre, Varsity Theater, Old Arizona and the Perpich Center for Arts Education.