This week marks the 100th episode of The PlayList. Through five seasons the show has featured over a thousand artists, worked with over 100 arts organizations, been to dozens communities, and travel upwards of 3,000 miles or more a year to highlight the talent and work of Minnesota artists. Not only has the show brought exposure through stories recorded on-site and live, in- studio events, it has also sparked arts initiatives such as its current project pairing Poets+Filmmakers, screening at the Zinema 2 April 1. Join The PlayList in celebrating Minnesota arts & artists – 100 episodes to date—and toast to 100 more!
Recurrent Stages is a “reflection on the temporality of the human experience.” Combing company dancers from the Minnesota Ballet with a string quartet from the Duluth/Superior Symphony Orchestra, the piece juxtaposes recurring harmonies against the dissonance of modern life, expressing the necessity of reflection while continually moving forward. The world premiere of this abstract contemporary work is made possible through a Live Music for Dance Minnesota grant from the American Composers Forum & NewMusicUSA.
The vibrant energy of Recurrent Stages finds its spark through the emotional investment of composer Ryan Homsey and Artistic Director/Choreographer Robert Gardner. A Superior native, Homsey got his start in dance in Duluth, with the Minnesota Ballet. On his way to becoming artistic director, Gardner has performed in a number of companies, including Joffery Ballet, and has choreographed over 35 works for the Minnesota Ballet. With this project, Homsey savors the moment, “when I hear the music and I can see the dancers on stage putting their heart and soul and athleticism into it.” He says, “it’s very moving for me … it’s a touching experience.” To Gardner, it’s fulfilled a dream, “It’s been a joy really, and I just feel renewed.”