528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Zenon's artistic director, Linda Z. Andrews, knows how to pick choreographers. This year she was way ahead of the curve, commissioning new works by recently named Guggenheim Fellowship recipients Faye Driscoll and luciana achugar. For Zenon's 30th anniversary, Andrews is offering two separate programs. It's a real feat for a small company to pull off, especially given the range of the Zenon repertory. Pas de probleme. The fearless Zenon dancers are wired for anything and everything. The first weekend's riches range from Mariusz Olszewski's louche and lively "Hotel Tango" to the premiere of achugar's "Molten Substance," a rampantly post-modern quartet for the Zenon women with live percussion by JT Bates. Driscoll's "Mariana" premieres the second weekend, along with a welcome reprise of Wynn Fricke's "Wine Dark Sea," a powerful homage to Odysseus' voyage, with original live music by epic percussionist Peter O'Gorman. Also on deck are some of Zenon's repertory favorites, including Daniel Charon's hyperkinetic "Storm," Séan Curran's all-guy "Hard Bargain," and Netta Yerushalmy's droll and courtly "My Name Is Catherine." These concerts mark the final appearance of the incomparable Greg Waletski, who retires after 22 years with the company. Waletski, who is also a Hipshaker DJ and salmon fisherman, embodies the richly diverse lives and accomplishments that make Zenon dancers so watchable. (Photo by William Cameron)
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through May 12, 2013