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World Music Festivals

Walker Art Center 2006 Performance Series
September 21, 2006 - May 19, 2006
Minneapolis Minnesota


Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the McGuire Theater.

($) = ticket prices for Walker Art Center members


Elevator Repair Service
U.S. Premiere, Walker Commission

Thursday–Sunday, September 21–24
Part 1: Thursday, 8–11 pm; Part 2: Friday, 8–11 pm
Marathon evenings (Parts 1 and 2): Saturday, 4–11:30 pm;
Sunday, 3–10:30 pm (includes one-hour dinner break)
Thursday/Friday series: $30 ($25); Marathon evenings: $35 ($30)

“ERS . . . stands out, not only for its humor and intelligence, but for its defiant theatricality.” —Artforum

GATZ is an ambitious, audacious, and accessible interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic The Great Gatsby. Transforming a literary masterpiece into an intoxicating six-hour theatrical experience—during which every word of the book is spoken—New York theater mavericks Elevator Repair Service bring the written word to life. Inside a run-down contemporary office, workers, supervisors, and visitors mysteriously assume the roles of Fitzgerald’s characters. A remarkable ensemble of 13 actors draws the audience into a powerful, provocative, and verbally sumptuous world caught between the past and present. Catch the two parts separately or engross yourself in an unforgettable marathon performance. The closing-night performance will be held on the anniversary of St. Paul native Fitzgerald’s 110th birthday.

Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. Copresented with the National Performance Network.

Additional funds provided by Arts Midwest’s Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Moore Family Fund for the Arts of The Minneapolis Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Constanza Macras/Dorky Park
Back to the Present

Thursday, September 28, 8 pm, $18 ($15)
Friday–Saturday, September 29–30, 8 pm, $25 ($20)

“Silent movies, slapstick, horror movies, MTV, reality TV, and the classics of modern dance-theater . . . formed by the choreographer into an independent oeuvre . . . the enthusiasm of the spectator is transformed directly onto the stage.” —Der Spiegel, Germany

A European sensation and a vivid marker of lightning-fast cultural change, Back to the Present combines riotous video, live rock, and ever-evolving scenic elements. Irreverently mixing high and low, humor and tragedy, choreographer Constanza Macras creates outsized works that are more “performance happening” than dance. Living in Berlin, this Argentina-born artist has been dramatically influenced by the creative and cultural intensity of post-unification Germany. Set to a backdrop of stuff that never dissolves—passionate love letters, old phone numbers, and abandoned theater props—Macras asks us to decide what is memory and what is just storage.

The U.S. tour is supported through a generous gift by the Goethe Institut, Munich.


Vijay Iyer Quartet
Thursday, October 19, 8 pm
$22 ($18)

“A one-of-a-kind quartet . . . so rhythmically gripping and harmonically provocative that one hardly can wait to hear what outlandish idea these players will hit upon next.” —Los Angeles Times