L-R: Antonio Duke, A.P. Looze, Ifrah Mansour. Promo


Solo Emerging Artist Celebration

Every Thu. and Sat. from Feb. 24-March 10
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 25-March 11
1 p.m.
March 9
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 25-March 4
7 p.m.
Every Wed. and Thu. from Feb. 28-March 1
10 a.m.
Every Tue. and Wed. from Feb. 6-March 7
7:30 p.m.

From the ninth floor of the Guthrie Theater, home of the intimate black-box Dowling Studio stage, visitors can obtain a striking perspective of the Twin Cities. An even more insightful view, however, will be offered from within the Dowling Studio during the inaugural Solo Emerging Artist Celebration. Underscoring the venue’s commitment to producing culturally inclusive works, the event will showcase three singular artists performing original pieces under a rotating repertory schedule. Informed by a heartfelt sensibility forged as a female Muslim refugee of Somali descent, Ifrah Mansour will perform her much lauded piece How to Have Fun in a Civil War, a multi-sensory presentation that recalls her memories as a seven-year-old living amid violence. Lending his own experiences as a black American, prolific actor Antonio Duke will channel the all-too-often unheard voices of the African-American community, bringing forth observations that challenge historic and contemporary social bias. Similarly, performance artist A.P. Looze will delve into the humanity inherent to issues of transgender identity, reflecting on the bigotry of stringently defined notions of normality, whether expressed as political policy or from within one’s own family.