November Free First Saturday was a lively day of dance and design. Every Walker crevice seemed to be animated with an energy only stir-crazy children and parents have the ability to produce.
In the Cargill Lounge Megan Leafblad was leading Storefront, a pop-up shop art activity, encouraging participants to design a vessel for an imaginary object. Box after box was produced and the shop shelves were filled with one imaginary product after another. Some were shiny and cubed, others resembled brightly-colored spaceships with protruding tentacles. The lounge was an imagination factory producing the priceless, uninhibited creativity of children.
Kaleena Miller and company performed Fleet in the cinema, a high-energy, vibrantly-colored piece performed by a throng of talented, athletic dancers. The highly emotional work choreographed by Miller was originally commissioned by the Walker and performed at the Southern Theatre as part of the “Momentum: New Dance Works 2011″ series in July. Audience members sat in awe as the tapping, stomping and swinging dancers electrified the stage.
Downstairs in the Art Lab designer Kindra Murphy led Print Type, an activity inspired by Karel Martens, founder of the Werkplaats Typografie design school in the Netherlands. Kids chose from buckets of spongy shapes to form their own letters and words, an exercise in typography design.
Join us next month for yet another Free First Saturday for the ages.