The Walker Art Center released its 2006–2007 performing arts season schedule today, announcing an ambitious program of performances, world premieres, and commissions by leading figures in the contemporary performing arts. The season opens with the U.S. premiere of GATZ (Thursday–Sunday, September 21–24), an audacious yet accessible interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic The Great Gatsby. New York theater mavericks Elevator Repair Service transform this literary masterpiece into an intoxicating six-hour theatrical experience (during which every word of the book is spoken).
The 2006–2007 season features a series of large-scale global dance works, including Germany/Argentina’s Constanza Macras/Dorky Park’s Back to the Present (Thursday–Saturday, September 28–30), a performance combining riotous video, live rock, and ever-evolving scenic elements; Japan’s most famous touring dance company, Sankai Juku, performing Kagemi: Beyond the Metaphors of Mirrors (Friday, November 3), a dreamlike butoh performance featuring seven men—heads shaven and bodies painted white from top to toe—that weaves precise, hypnotic movement with breathtaking staging; New York’s Stephen Petronio Company’s BLOOM and New Works (Thursday–Saturday, March 1–3), featuring a commissioned new score by the poetic pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright sung by a choir of local teens from the Twin Cities, exploring the creative freedom of youth and the bittersweet poignancy of transformation; and two of Europe’s most electrifying dance innovators, Holland’s Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten, contemplating hell on earth in their new monumental work Hell (Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5). Another not-to-be-missed dance event is William Forsythe’s evening of chamber works: Berio Suite, The The, N.N.N.N., Quintett (Thursday–Friday, March 15–16), a Walker-only intimate experience of the master ballet innovator’s recent dance works.
Another season highlight is Africa NOW: Currents of a Continent, a series of performances featuring contemporary African artists, including Acoustic Africa with Habib Koité, Vusi Mahlasela, Dobet Gnahoré (Thursday, November 2), Compagnie TchéTché, Dimi (Tuesday–Wednesday, November 14–15), The Farber Foundry, Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise (Thursday–Friday, February 22–24), and Benin’s Gangbé Brass Band on Saturday, April 14, as well as a spring residency by dance-theater innovator Faustin Linyekula from the Congo.
Commenting on the 2006–2007 performing arts season, Philip Bither, William and Nadine McGuire Senior Curator, Performing Arts, states: “It is a remarkable time of innovation in the worlds of music and performance. Our season reflects that energy and creative optimism—artists confronting a uniquely daunting cultural and historical moment with vision, generosity, provocation, and delight. From world masters to emerging innovators, the Walker’s season brings the 21st century of live arts to Minnesota and to the Walker’s remarkable new McGuire Theater stage.”
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