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'New Breed' showcase blurs lines between dance, theater

By Camille LeFevre

Experimental performance, in which the demarcations separating the performing-arts disciplines (dance, theater, even at times music) are blurred, has been happening on the concert stage at least since the 1960s. And the thrill of creating such performances shows no sign of waning.

Already into the second decade of the new millennium, Minneapolis is a hotbed of such work — much of being created by Gen Y’ers who blend the hip and the handmade, the pedestrian and pop culture into their works.

Of three groups in this weekend’s “Minneapolis New Breed” showcase at the Southern Theater, I’ve only seen Mad King Thomas (Tara King, Theresa Madaus and Monica Thomas). These three young women create often spot-on, hilarious works that seem generated by the Odyssey of the Mind curriculum popular in high schools, in which students write their own scripts, design and build and paint their own sets, construct their own costumes, and perform their takes on cultural, social and political issues. The results can by goofy, yet insightful. The group performs a new work, “Like a Circus, Only Death,” on the program.

The other groups are the 12-member Lamb Lays With Lion, performing “Lamb Lays With Lion vs. Katie Mitchell's The Seagull,” and the trio SuperGroup with “Shouldwetitleitnoworwait.”



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