Each July the Walker Art Center features four emerging choreographers in a two-week celebration of new work from a fresh perspective. Chris Schlicting's "love things" is filled with childhood references to movement (remember the TV shows or musicals that rocked your world when you were growing up?), but viewed through the lens of contemporary movement, maturity, and a joyful mash-up of technique and pedestrian forms. Maia Maiden and Ellena Schoop's "The Foundation, et cetera" draws upon Maiden's DNA (literally, she had it analyzed) which shows her family heritage in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea Bissau. Her dance and spoken-word work, created in collaboration with Schoop, a performer with experience in theater and Caribbean and Senagalese dance, explores the dynamic interplay of ideas between what Maiden calls the African generation, the Civil Rights generation, and her own hip-hop generation. For tickets call the Walker at 612.375.7600.
July 17-19, 8 p.m., 2008