by MICHAEL J. OPPERMAN
For 25 years, the Ordway has been bringing contemporary performing artists from around the world to Minnesota through the Target® World Music & Dance Series. Since the initiative began in 1991, more than 900,000 P-12 students have attended performances. Thousands more have attended public performances, participated in workshops, and experienced pre-show lectures, art exhibitions, talkbacks, and cultural conversations that provide a socio-political context to the onstage work.
The SEOP Dance company presented the Midwest premiere of A Man’s Requiem as part of the series. A Man’s Requiem, choreographed by Kim Yong Chul, uses both traditional and contemporary Korean dance techniques to created a stunning display of sound, color, and movement.
Upcoming Target®World Music & Dance performances include Hanggai and TAIKOPROJECT. Founded by Beijing-based rocker, Ilchi, Hanggai taps deeply into the roots of Mongolian folk music while blending it with contemporary styles of rock, punk, and pop. TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers. Seeking to create a truly American style of taiko which blended the traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach to the Japanese drum, they have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world.
World Music & Dance Series. Information at http://www.ordway.org/calendar/.