The Minnesota Dance Lab, part of the National Dance Project's Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI), will offer a chance to meet with and see the work of several Minnesota dancemakers who have been selected to participate in this special residency/retreat.  Lab faculty include Reggie Wilson, Rob Ballis, Ivan Sygoda, Rosanna Gamson, Claudia LaRocca and Jessica Robinson Love. The artists selected to participate include: 

  • Body Cartography Project (Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad)
  • Penelope Freeh
  • Jennifer Ilse
  • Mathew Janczewski
  • Emily Johnson
  • Chris Schlichting
  • Karen Sherman
  • Marciano Silva dos Santos
  • Morgan Thorson
  • Pramila Vasudevan
  • Vanessa Voskuil

From Thursday evening, June 16, through Saturday morning, June 18, 2011 at the College of Saint Benedict, the choreographers will have the opportunity to talk with presenters and show samples of their work.  Presenters are invited to attend, and some travel subsidies may be available.   Contact NEFA director of programs Jane Preston at  jpreston@nefa.org for additional information and to express interest.

Schedule (subject to change)

June 16
5:00PM: Dinner and introductions for presenters and artists

June 17
10:00AM-1:00PM: Presenter roundtable (lunch provided): Context for the
                            showings and discussion on presenting dance
1:30PM-9:00PM: Lab artist performances and discussion
9:00PM: Reception and conversation with artists

June 18
9:00AM-12:00PM: Presenter/artist exchange

The Minnesota RDDI is administered by the Cowles Center, and is designed to support professional development for Minnesota dance makers; build connections and relationships that will continue to nourish dance artists; and develop the overall capacity and infrastructure of the Minnesota dance community.  For more about NEFA's National Dance Project and RDDI, visit www.nefa.org/grants_services/national_dance_project.

The Minnesota Dance Lab is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; the McKnight Foundation; and NEFA's National Dance Project.