PhD candidate David Melendez discusses his thoughts on marginalized theatrical communities and representation in the Twin Cities. Through his research, he’s looked at popular shows such as West Side Story and works to spread awareness about work that forces minority cultures into the past by refusing to recognize their existence at present.
The University of Minnesota's Dance Program is currently accepting proposals for a new mural for the lobby of the Barbara Barker Center for Dance. This award-winning building is dedicated primarily to dance education and research at the University. It also serves the larger Twin Cities performing arts community through rentals. In this 20th anniversary year of the building, program leadership has identified the need for a rejuvenation of its space.
"This room of people is so incredible. It feels so much like home really, there’s so much creativity and problem-solving going on here and it’s so incredible what everyone is putting together… we’re all in the same boat and we’re all on the same team and it’s just been an awesome, awesome process."
Talvin Wilks, associate professor in the department of theatre and dance, talks about Prenumbra Theater's most recent production. "Benevolence" examines what happened after Emmett Till's murder, tracking the lives that went on after Till was gone.