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This FREE event is the second of three lectures for 2017-18 as part of the Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences series. 'WINTER TRADITIONS' is Part 14 of this overall series.

With speakers Elizabeth Simonson, Myron Johnson, Alberto Justiniano, Uri Sands, and April Sellers.

One quintessential winter holiday tradition, the Nutcracker ballet, has been reinterpreted several times over. In the Twin Cities, we have seen it over the years reduced into a drunken one-man show, stretched into a parade of children’s talents, and twisted into a sexy provocation in lingerie. While not the only way dance finds its way into our winter holiday traditions, local choreographers share how they use dance to bring communities together for artistic and cultural celebrations at the end of each calendar year.

Of Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence, the New York Times critic summarizes the book’s central trope: “For an artist, influence is everything.”

Curated by Michèle Steinwald and launched in fall of 2014 at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, this participatory lecture and panel series focuses on individuals’ contributions to our local dance communities. Choreographer Kristin Van Loon documents each event by mapping the conversation live while speakers share their influences. Everyone in attendance is invited to add his or her stories for the mapping process. This series is a collective remembering and a way to draw on our pasts as a means to envision our futures.

The 2017-2018 Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences series, curated by Michèle Steinwald, is presented by Ordway in partnership with The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

For more information about Ordway community programs, to request ASL Interpretation or other accommodations, please contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui: 651.282.3017 or jrewertztargui@ordway.org.

[Event photo by Tommy Sar. Image description: Lobby sign featuring Mary Moore Easter, with the words "Minnesota Dance and Ecstasies of Influences Lecture & Panel Series."]

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