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MONDAY LIVE ARTS @ Soo Visual Arts Center

Posted on May 23, 2015

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MONDAY LIVE ARTS @ SooVAC- Monday, July 6, Doors Open at 7pm-Performances at 8PM. Suggested donation $6 - $10. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE.

MLA on July 6th will feature the following artists:
1. Pramila Vasudevan with Lela Pierce and Dustin Maxwell
2. Anat Shinar with Sam Baker
3. Charles Campbell

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.

Pramila Vasudevan is an experimental artist who creates immersive performance environments using an interdisciplinary voice of dance and electronic media. She is the Artistic Director of Aniccha Arts (2004-present), a company of designers and dance collaborators who construct immersive performance environments that question individual agency inside of the systems we live in (http://www.aniccha.org). Vasudevan has a background in classical and contemporary Indian dance (over 30 years), visual media design, and political science, all which are reflected in her interdisciplinary voice as she pursues a socially conscious performance practice. Through years of researching audience methods, how technology supports the integration of artistic disciplines, and in thoughtfully acknowledging the hybridity of knowledge in our bodies as performers, Vasudevan is committed to reimagining how performance occupies public spaces. Pramila's piece will be performed by Dustiin Maxwell and Lela Pierce. Dustin Maxwell is a movement and sometimes visual artist. He works with Aniccha Arts, Morgan Thorson, and Chris Schlichting. He studies Subbody Butoh with Gadu and creates his own chimera-like performance combining his study of ballet, postmodern, and butoh. Lela Pierce, visual artist and dancer, holds a BA in Studio Art from Macalester College. Although trained in various dance forms, Lela has concentrated primarily on classical and contemporary Indian dance, for over 17 years.  Lela is a founding member of Ananya Dance Theatre and currently teaches the Yorchha technique of contemporary Indian dance at the St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts. She has also been a student/practitioner of yoga meditation in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition since childhood. Her visual art focuses primarily on experienced and imagined confluences of energy located in the body and related to the 5 elements of nature.

Anat Shinar is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Art and earned a Master's degree in Arts & Cultural Leadership, also from the UMN. Anat has performed the works of Morgan Thorson, Chris Schlichting, BodyCartography Project, Lindsay Bullock, Carl Flink, and more. She has presented her choreography across the Twin Cities and nationally, exploring ideas surrounding identity and perception. Sound for the piece created by Sam Baker-Sam Baker is an electrical engineer with a background in music (percussion and turntables) and sound engineering. He has done sound design and Foley arts for many artists and most recently collaborated with Anat Shinar, designing and building the light installation used in her 2014 work, Everything, Everyone, Forever and Ever (Part 1). Baker holds an AAS from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering (BEE) from the University of Minnesota, and is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, also at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on Embedded Systems. In his soundscapes and designs, Baker investigates how ambient sounds, effects, and rhythm and anti­rhythm contribute to immersive performance art.

Charles Campbell is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Skewed Visions, an early proponent of site-based performance in Minneapolis. He has made his physical and image-based work for theaters, galleries, industrial spaces, storefronts, since 1999. Recently returned from a research trip in Krakow, Warsaw and Lodz through a Next Step Fund grant, he is developing a work approaching the Polish avant-garde painter and director Tadeusz Kantor as an artistic object.

“As she’s done with her long-running curatorial project, 9x22 at Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater, Laurie Van Wieren demonstrates—once again,…..—that she certainly knows how to find and present emerging artists. She’s also, clearly, capable of cajoling established artists into revealing usually unavailable (or hidden) aspects of their work process to audiences. Most of all, though, MONDAY LIVE ARTS is free of archness, irony and cynicism, and instead loaded with adventure and revelation. Get it on your calendar.”- Camille Le Fevre, MN.artist

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