Walker Art Center Announces Global Domination (2010 season!)

Walker featured artist Dave King

Walker featured artist Dave King

We have word of the Walker Art Center's 2009-10 performing arts season, and it's an ambitious doozy. They sent us a novella explaining it all, but a few salient facts stand out: the big silver cube will be home to four world premieres, seven big-time commissions, nine touring artists in debut U.S. appearances, and companies based in 17 different countries. We bristled at the absence of Antarctic penguin players for a moment, then realized that the Walker had well and truly spoiled us. 
Here are some highlights:

In December, shake off the ice with Erik Frieldlander's
Feb. 6-7 features the Walker commission

From March 18-20, five storytellers present Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, combining excerpts from both familiar and never-seen works by the performer behind Swimming to Cambodia. Then in May, another Walker commission appears in the form of Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies, a dance piece by John Jasperse Company

Whew. And we're leaving stuff out. In all, it's a remarkable season, full of music, dance, and theater from around the world, pretty much exploding with possibility. And a look at ticket prices puts things firmly in the $15-$25 range, in the reach of even the most determined cheapskate. You live in an affordable, world-class culture center, in so many words. Trek on upstairs at the Walker once or twice. You'll see things you didn't expect.