Guest Artists

Academic Year 2014-2015

karlagrottingKarla Grotting

Karla Grotting will be a visiting guest artist in residence for the St Olaf Dance Department in 2014-15. Ms Grotting is excited to share her passion for jazz dance, jazz music and her many experiences in the percussive arts with the Students at St Olaf.  She is founding member of The Flying Foot Forum, a Minneapolis based dance/theatre company known for its original and engaging work, now in its 24th year.  An eight year veteran of Jazzdance: by Danny Buraczeski, Karla has been on the jazz and tap dance faculty at the U of MN, Twin Cities since 2001. Her awards include a 2005-06 Student’s Choice Award for the U of MN, College of Liberal Arts, a 2007 McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and a 2010 Sage nomination for Outstanding Educator.   Photo credit: V. Paul Virtucio

 

 

theatreengineTheatre Engine

Theatre Engine is a multi-institution, multi-media collaboration between dance, music, computer science, and mobile technologies: working together to create a whole new experience for the audience.

In “Flash Mob” shapes appear on the phone. Moving the phone makes the shape wiggle and dance. A corresponding shape appears on the wall of the theatre. As the phone moves the shape on the wall moves. More and more phone movement is required to make the shape move as time goes on. Eventually huge movements are required, i.e. the audience must stand, jump, dance.  Dancers arrive on stage and begin to create a dance interacting with the shapes projected on the wall as their “partner”. Everyone is dancing; audience members with their phones, dancers with the shapes, and audience members with the dancers.

Theatre Engine will be on campus for a one week residency that will include St. Olaf College dancers/performers. The dates of the residency are March 4-8 with performances on March 7-8.


Past Guest Artists

2013-2014

Alexandra Beller/Dances

2012-2013

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater
Ragamala

2011-2012

Urban Bush Women

2010-2011

Shapiro and Smith

2009-2010

Mathew Janczewski
Uri Sands

2008-2009

Eddie Oroyan
Peggy Paver
Robin Stiehm

2007-2008

Brad Garner
Keith Johnson
Brent Schneider

2006-2007

Christian Adeti
Lorry May (Anna Sokolow)
Ellen Keane

2005-2006

Lingo Dance Theater
Mathew Janczewski

2004-2005

KT Niehoff
Walter Kennedy

2003-2004

Jan Erkert
Joe Chvala

2002-2003

Joe Chvala
Barbara Thatcher

2001-2002

David Dorfman
Gail Corbin
Cathy Young
Chris Aiken
Wynn Fricke

2000-2001

Jan Erkert & Dancers

1999-2000

David Dorfman
Seán Curran

1998-1999

Art Bridgman/Myrna Packer
Bridgman/Myrna Packer

1996-1998

Repertory Dance Theatre
Keith Johnson