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Low Performing Live at the Walker Tonight Through Saturday

Yes! Low is performing here tonight through Saturday evening. P.S. it’s a dance piece. Choreographer Morgan Thorson has enlisted Duluth-based Low both to dance in the Walker-commissioned Heaven and also perform their music live. How will they transition between these roles? Alan Sparhawk of Low said in a recent Star Tribune article regarding Heaven that […]

Yes! Low is performing here tonight through Saturday evening.

Alan Sparhawk in Heaven. Photo by Cameron Wittig courtesy of the Walker Art Center

P.S. it’s a dance piece.

Choreographer Morgan Thorson has enlisted Duluth-based Low both to dance in the Walker-commissioned Heaven and also perform their music live. How will they transition between these roles?

Alan Sparhawk of Low said in a recent Star Tribune article regarding Heaven that “We’ve put a lot of work into it — probably as much as we have any of our albums.” We await Heaven‘s soundscapes with much anticipation.

Thorson has said in recent interviews that Heaven is an exploration of the idea of perfection, of how that idea binds our expectations and even our physical bodies. Bandages are involved.

Walker Photographer Cameron Wittig took these great photos at a Heaven dress rehearsal this week.

Heaven is sure to engage with our expectations of movement and dance-based performance. On MPR Thorson said “I think people come to dance and they want to see the triple back flip, and that’s not what this piece is about.”

And after seeing these photos, thank goodness.

There are many ways to engage with Heaven before (or after) the show. Saturday night there will be a post-show discussion for audience members, which we are calling SpeakEasy. This post-performance discussion will be initiated by Walker tour guide and performer Jessica Fiala and also local choreographer and performer Kristin Van Loon. We had a SpeakEasy after Bruno Beltrão’s H3, and it was an insightful time had by all. We’d love for you to join us up at the 4th floor Balcony Bar after the show Saturday night.

There are some goodies to be found on the Walker Channel, including an interview with Morgan Thorson and local choreographer/Heaven performer Justin Jones, on the process of creating the piece, as part of Jones’ Talk Dance podcast series. Visit the Talk Dance site for highlighted clips from the longer interview. Also on the Channel is a video of the latest installment in the Making Music Series; an interview with Alan Sparhawk of Low and Morgan Thorson led by long-time Making Music host and local musican James Everest.

For further press on Heaven visit the Onion’s A.V. Club or Minnesota Monthly. Or read the Walker’s Q & A with Morgan Thorson on the making of Heaven.

Finally, check out the video interview that the Walker’s Teen Arts Council did with Heaven Costume and Visual Designer Emmett Ramstad, on his “Top 5 Reasons to Work with Dancers”.

Enjoy the show!