Monday Live Arts October Edition

Posted on September 05, 2015

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Monday Live Arts, curated by Laurie Van Wieren, features artists with innovative and exploratory approaches to contemporary performance. Time-based visual/ performing arts, events that include a human presence while questioning traditional views of the arts- dance, music, performance art, vocals, text, installations, science experiments, and more. The next installment of Monday Live Arts is on October 5th, The next installment of Monday Live Arts is on October 5th, featuring works by Heid Erdrich (poetry), Hannah Germaine and Lexi Herman (performance art), Megan Mayer (dance) and Sean Smuda (music/performance). Performances will begin at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. TICKETS: $5 to $10 - Suggested cash only donation for artist stipends.

Heid E. Erdrich writes, performs, and makes short films. She is author of four books of poems and Original Local, a non-fiction memoir-in-recipes, which was a City Pages Top Food Book for 2014. Her collaborative films, created with an all-indigenous crew, have won awards at Co-Kisser Poetry Festival, Santa Fe Indian Market, and elsewhere. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the Augsburg College MFA program.

Lexi Herman is an Interdisciplinary Artist working with the materials and influences that surround her. Lexi is interested in the worlds that we spend most of our time in and how they interact with each other. Hannah Germaine is a student and creative professional with a background in theatre, dance, fashion and writing. She enjoys learning about and practicing new lifestyles that satisfy her mind and body. Slow food, the ocean and contact improvisation make her very happy. -NOICE As colleagues and classmates, Lexi and Hannah have created participatory projects that interrupt the flow of everyday life to introduce mindfulness, community, and inquiry. So far they have designed custom fortune cookies and convinced strangers to play beet-themed charades. Lexi makes outrageous statements and Hannah translates them for other people.

Megan Mayer, born in 1968, is an artist working in dance, choreography, photography and experimental video. She has been professionally based in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1991. Her work proposes victory in a gesture and virtuosity in vulnerability. Drawn to the peripheries of performance, musicality and wry humor, her work often looks to unearth the moment when someone starts or stops performing and reveals where that switch lives in the body. Mayer's work Soft Fences has been nominated for a Sage Dance Award for Design (2015), and her work has been generously supported by a Right Here Showcase commission (2016), a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2014), a residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee, Florida (2012) and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreographers (2010). Additionally, a Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant (2010) afforded her a choreographic mentorship and workshop with New York dance artist Douglas Dunn. Also performing with Megan are Manstrom Neesy and Greg Waletski.

Sean Smuda is an artist, curator, photographer and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He works in a variety of mediums including collage, video, and performance. Recent projects have taken place in Antarctica, Iceland, China, Tibet, and Iraq. In 2011 he was appointed Cultural Liaison to Tours, France by the Minneapolis/Tours Sister City Association. His work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center. Michael Gallope is a musician and a scholar who specializes in music and philosophy. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. For five years he has collaborated with Sierra Leonean musician Janka Nabay, and now plays keyboards with two new musical projects based in the Twin Cities: Sun Silo and Olympus.

Laurie Van Wieren is a curator, choreographer, performer and teacher. Van Wieren uses her choreographic practice to discover connections and disconnections between artists, aesthetic approaches and our surrounding landscape. Her current projects include an improvisational solo new work to be performed fall, 2015 at Fresh Oysters - Performance Research- a new shared space with Fire Drill and Skewed Visions.

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