Festival of original works begins in March
Red Eye celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Isolated Acts festival during March and April. The six-week festival of new theater, dance and multimedia works runs through April 6. Featured on this year's roster: a double bill by choreographers Pam Plagge and Colin Rusch. Plagge's "Winter Emergency Kit" takes a humorous look at life's predicaments, complete with salsa, snow shovels and jumper cables. Rusch collaborates with trombonist Patrick Crossland on an exploration of familiar daily rituals in "Consume. Shadow Lives." On March 7-9, dancers "trapped in '80s prom gowns and searching for a way out of the gender box" will entertain audiences in an intimate soiree. On March 14-16, the dynamic Southwest duo of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder (aka "Hijack") join forces with performance artist Flavia Maller Medeiros for a piece about social mores and cultural traits of power. Director Jennifer J. Holt and composer Mark Sutton present their jazz opera "Marriage at the Panopticon" on March 21-24, promising audiences an eccentric line-up of characters "eager to reveal their perfect recipe for love and marriage." Details about other performances featured in Red Eye's Isolated Acts are available at www.theredeye.org or by calling 612/870-0309.
Local dancers perform at the Southern
Another Southwest dance duo, Shapiro & Smith, return to the Southern Theater February 28-March 3. The New York Times commented that their recent show exhibited "strong, sharp-edged dancing and a daring theatricality unusual in these days of pared-down dance presentation." Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 340-1725.
Interact director outlines plans for the year
"2002 seems to be shaping up as the year to reach out, inspire, collaborate and bring our mission to a much wider audience," said Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts executive director Jeanne Calvit. The center provides a place for artists with disabilities to pursue and develop their art. In December, actor/playwright Kevin Kling chose the troupe to perform at his fundraiser at the Guthrie Theater, which Calvit called "a high point for all of us." This month, Interact artists provided advice and guidance for Mixed Blood Theatre's "The History of Bowling," a romantic comedy set in the world of disabilities. Calvit said Interact plans to partner with Mixed Blood again later this year, with Interact actors creating a show for the Mixed Blood stage. This March, Interact is taking its "Misfits Traveling Minstrel Show" to Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and Calvit is traveling to Adelaide, Australia, to begin sowing seeds for an Interact appearance at the Highbeam Festival in 2004. "Fear and uncertainty seem to be such a part of the nation's zeitgeist. The work and mission of Interact is serving as a much-needed antidote," said Calvit.