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Brown Rocket: Not Just Dancin’

As a member of the arts community I am lucky to know, what I think, are some of the most talented and versatile artistsin Minneapolis. One of these artists is my good pal Danny Sigelman. Mr.Sigelman is a jack of all trades. He is a musician, a painter, a DJ, an event organizer, andone of […]

As a member of the arts community I am lucky to know, what I think, are some of the most talented and versatile artistsin Minneapolis. One of these artists is my good pal Danny Sigelman. Mr.Sigelman is a jack of all trades. He is a musician, a painter, a DJ, an event organizer, andone of the most friendly people I have ever met in my life. A few months ago he informed me about an audition he was trying for. Little did I know it was for Eddie Oroyan’s piece for Momentum 2009 entitled Brown Rocket. I asked Danny if he would tell me a little more about his process as one of the muscians AND as the set designer for Brown Rocket.

The following are some words from Danny about his Momentum experience thus far:

When I first auditioned for Brown Rocket and met Eddie OroyanI loaded him up with art and music I had been working on. I wanted him to get an idea of what I was about artistically and not just musically. Afterall I think the two go hand in hand andIhave always tried to maintain a healthy level of activity in both worlds. However, once I got the gig to play drums in Brown Rocket and Eddie asked me to help out with the set design, I didn’t necessarily anticipate the project Eddie would end up having me tackle.

I have made some pretty large sized paintings before but this was 20 of them!

All together it is about 640 sq ft of painting that works cohesively together as the set for Brown Rocket. Much of the design is inspired by a series of drawings, paintings and collages I have been working on for years now that I call “Natural Satellites”. Ultimately the idea is a reflection on community, consciousness and the ebb and flow of society. In other words symbols, like the eye or drums represent the way in which we watch, observeand communicate in daily life. I thought in great abundance together the theme envelopes andcompliments the main story of Brown Rocket.

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Eddie Oroyan with one of Danny’s set pieces.

Musically I have been working as the Self Sound Orchestra since Fall 2007. After rehearsing so much with Terry Eason in Brown Rocket, who is also a verteran recording artist himself whom I have long admired, I was able to snare him to collaborate with me on future musical ventures. I am looking forward to performing more and recording with him.Currrently, the latest in the “Natural Satellites” paintingsareon display at the Matchbox Coffee shop in Northeast Minneaoplis. Self Sound Orchestra has some upcoming gigs and will be releasing a CD, LPand DVD before the end of Summer.

-Danny Sigelman

Check out Momentum week 2 starting tonight! July 24-26 at the Southern Theater 8PM!

Danny Sigelman is a resident of Northeast Minneapolis where he also shares an art studio in the California Building.

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Rauschenberg & Cunningham

My duties as the Performing Arts Intern have varied everywhere from running to Costco toprinting programs to buying Britney Spears Believe perfume for a performance (gold star to the first to guess which show).I never knowwhat my day is going to be like which isprecisely why I love working in the arts.Currently I am doing […]

My duties as the Performing Arts Intern have varied everywhere from running to Costco toprinting programs to buying Britney Spears Believe perfume for a performance (gold star to the first to guess which show).I never knowwhat my day is going to be like which isprecisely why I love working in the arts.Currently I am doing some research down in the amazing Walker Library and Archives. Last week while paging through a Walker calendar from February 1963 I came across what sounds like quite a performance.

Merce Cunningham and his Dance Company accompanied by John Cage as the composer-pianistand David Tudor, referred to in the calendar as America’s “far out” pianist. Not only did this all sound impressive and waswonderful to come across (especially with the upcoming Merce on the Rocks this Fall) but a little note was slipped inside stating Robert Rauschenberg served as set designer and costumer for this performance! FirstI thought to myself “What interesting timing?!” and then thought “Wish I would have been around to see that!”

Robert Rauschenberg Retroactive I, 1964,

How cool to have such a collaborative performance with so many legendary artists so early on in Walker history?! The interdisciplinary nature of that show is so inspiring. It got me thinking about what my dream collaborative/interdisciplinary performance would be….so many artists I love! I must ponder this and will get back on that one. What would your dream collaboration be?

Hope you enjoy this tidbit as much as I did. If you ever need to do some research related to modern art or if you just want to peruse some great local history the Walker Library is asuperb place to start.

SHHH! Super Secret Performance Experience

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Inside Out There: Workshops!

It is that time of year when the Walker welcomes four emerging performance groups to Minneapolis for Out There 20: Moving Toward the Future. This unique festival of talent will not only be on stage but you the audience member have the chance to work with them one on one! Along with performing their work […]

It is that time of year when the Walker welcomes four emerging performance groups to Minneapolis for Out There 20: Moving Toward the Future. This unique festival of talent will not only be on stage but you the audience member have the chance to work with them one on one! Along with performing their work throughout January these artists are offering you a chance to learn more about their process in four fantastic Saturday morning workshops! Get inside Out There with these innovative performers!

Saturday, January 12, 2008 11am-1pm Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People – Help Gutierrez create “The Big Mess” a movement based experiment. Open to all this workshop is part performance based, part experience, and a true investigation into the making of something from nothing. Click www.miguelgutierrez.org to learn more about their work.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 11am-1pm The TEAM – What are the challenges and wonders of creating a performance work with an ensemble? Be prepared to write and move with these performers as you explore their techniques when it comes to building dramatic material within a democracy. Find out more about this group at www.theteamplays.com.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 11am-1pm Claude Wampler – Join Wampler and ArtForum contributing editor Bruce Hainley for a rare screening of Andy Warhol’s 66-minute film Paul Swan. After viewing be part of an engaging conversation about topics spurred by the film such as aging of a performer’s body, the meaning of a career and its ending, and more. Learn about Wampler at www.claudewampler.com.

Saturday, February 2, 2008 11am-1pm David Neumann/advanced beginner group – This workshop offers participants the opportunity to discuss the difficulties and joys that come with a multidisciplinary approach to dance and theater. Movement experience is necessary and a performance background is encouraged. Go to www.advancedbeginnergroup.org for more.

The logistics: All workshops are $6 ($4 Walker members) Series of four $20 ($12 Walker members). All workshops are held in the McGuire Theater. Early sign up is encouraged! Call 612-375-7600 or go to walkerart.org/tickets!

Best Seat at the Walker

I have been an intern in the Performing Arts department at the Walker since the beginning of July this year. In this time I havehad the chance to see some wonderful performances, meet artists, attend Walker parties, and learn more about where I belong in the arts and cultural world. But I think my favorite […]

I have been an intern in the Performing Arts department at the Walker since the beginning of July this year. In this time I havehad the chance to see some wonderful performances, meet artists, attend Walker parties, and learn more about where I belong in the arts and cultural world. But I think my favorite part of being here is where I get to sit. My desk (which I share with a fellow intern) is placed in a spot where you have to pass if you need to get to certain departments in a quick fashion. I say quick because I would say at least 75% of the people who pass my desk are cruising by at full speed darting around the corner off to who knows where. I, being the number one fan of people watching, love every minute of it.

I get to see interns running by with what I am sure are very important documents in hand (I am one of them), department heads flying by to their next presentation or meeting, colleagues doing the walk and talk very much like “The West Wing”, and at least twice a day people just barely crashing into one another as they pass like two ships in the night orin this case liketwo race cars. I have becomeused to this frantic movement and now find myself transfixed by my computer screen staring at Excel spreadsheets or shooting off an email not even noticing the passers by. Every once and a while some one will stop at my desk to chat (or perhaps take a breath) but for the most part it is go, go, go around this hip and fast paced office.Sitting in this spot one might only think folks around here have somewhere they need to be and they need to get there fast! I have come to realize that although I certainly do not know everyone around here I do know that these people are dedicated to and driven by their work and I feel like such a lucky duck that I get to see them in action every Thursday and Friday.