Verse and Converse: Dancers Who Write

This popular series features readings by people who move around a lot—or have done so at some point in their lives—and whose writing draws inspiration from the dance world, as well as other transformative life experiences. This month's edition features Cathy Gasiorowicz, once a professional mime who now works in marketing and advertising; Kenneth Yoder, a dancer and educator who founded St. Paul's Caravan Dance Collective; and Su Smallen, a dancer and poet who is also a professor at Hamline University. For a spot-on perspective on the hard work that drives the dancer's life, consider Smallen's "Hey Degas," in which she challenges the French painter's romanticized depictions of life in the studio. "The best ballerinas are pissed off," she writes. "They are not soft, Degas, with all that heat, their bodies are transforming into glass." Gasiorowicz writes about her transition from a life in the arts into corporate America, and Yoder reads darkly delicate poetry, among other selections. There will be more installments of "Verse and Converse" this summer at Bryant-Lake Bowl.  (Photo by melalouise)
Wed., May 5, 6:30 p.m., 2010

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