The Shape of Night: Busby Berkeley Nocturne
Greenspace outside Cargill Lounge
Bring your sleeping bag to participate and be documented in this happening with choreographer Megan Mayer, creating a Busby Berkeley kaleidoscopic composition. Mayer will lead an impromptu circular dance incorporating sleep positions from McSweeney’s The Secret Language of Sleep: A Couple’s Guide to Thirty-Nine Positions by Evany Thomas and Amelia Bauer. The audience will be the performers. Come play follow-the-leader, repeat patterns, and explore silence and movement in this giant slumber party.
Megan Mayer is a choreographer, performer and photographer based in Minneapolis. Her dances resonate with audiences by fusing nuanced imagery, strong musicality and comedic timing and have been commissioned by the Southern Theater, Walker Art Center and the Minnesota History Center. She is a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellow in Choreography as well as a 2010 Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant recipient.
Susy Bielak is the Associate Director of Public and Interpretive Programs at the Walker Art Center, an exhibiting visual artist, writer, and educator. At the Walker, she creates educational programs and interpretive strategies for adult audiences. Much of her work extends to community-based and cross-genre projects. She completed her BFA in studio art, anthropology, and psychology at Macalester College, and MFA at the University of California, San Diego in drawing, installation, and public practice. Prior to her MFA, Bielak managed local, regional, national and international arts programs for Arts Midwest. Her own work has been exhibited and collected across the U.S. and Mexico, including by the International Print Center, Luis Adelantado Mexico, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, New American Paintings, and Walker Art Center. Bielak was selected as San Diego’s New Artist of the Year last fall, and will launch a new project this June at the San Diego Museum of Art. More information can be found at www.susybielak.com .
Michèle Steinwald, Assistant Curator for the Performing Arts at the Walker Art Center. Since retiring as a dancer and choreographer, Michèle Steinwald has managed performing arts projects and professional development programs for On the Boards (Seattle), New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project (Boston), DanceUSA (DC), and the Deborah Hay Dance Company (Austin). Michèle joined the Walker Art Center in October 2006 and manages a third of their performing arts season and co-curates Momentum: New Dance Works with the Southern Theater. She actively supports the local contemporary dance community by seeing shows, sitting in on rehearsals, being on advisory boards, providing mentorship, and uses every occasion to advocate for the Twin Cities dance community nationally. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her wife Monica, keeping the peace between the cats and the new puppy, renovating their home, being an auntie, and talking about her latest obsession–learning to play the drums (her next career move she says).