Each year, the McKnight Fellowship Program selects three exceptional dancers to receive a McKnight Dancer Fellowship. In addition to a cash award, each receives a commission for a new solo dance from a choreographer of his or her choice, who creates a work tailored just for that dancer. For this concert, the 2015-16 Fellows offer up a program as diverse as the six fiercely talented performers. Inspired by the words of California-based poet Rives, popular Minneapolis dancer/choreographer Tamara Ober created “Up Goes the Bird” for multifaceted performer Brian J. Evans. Max Wirsing, a dancer whose liquid yet feral moves can suggest a panther on the prowl, teams up with California-based Lauren Simpson. By contrast, Kaleena Miller celebrates hard-hitting female tappers in a dance by New York-based Derick Grant that features Aby Wolf on vocals. She warns us to “expect some rad tap shoes.” Speaking of radical, Kenna Cottman describes her “untitled 01 082416” by Deja Stowers as “a really deep work about holding folks down,” while Sally Rousse insists that Brit choreographer Arthur Pita’s new work shows her as “not the dancer I was or am, but might have been in another lifetime.” Finally, Allana Morris-Van Tassel’s “Solo un poco.” by Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi embodies the practice of being in the “now,” capturing the moment, and exploring aspects of dissonance and intensity.