Join us for an evening of performances curated by April Sellers that explore feminism, equality and freedom at the exhibit finale of “Revolution Now: Portraits of Contemporary Female Revolutionaries.”
FEATURING: Magnolia Yang-Sao-Yia, Missa Kes, Molly-Margaret Johnson, Sydney Burch, Jeff Nichols, Halie Ann Bahr, Sonja Johanson, Billy Mullaney, Noah Crandell, McKinnley Aitchison, Evan Murnane
Gamut Gallery extended an open call to the Twin Cities’ dance, theater and performing arts communities to submit 5-10 min works inspired by Revolution Now that explore feminism, women’s issues, equality and freedom. From the pool of submissions, curator April Sellers balanced range of voice with potency of performance, and notes: “In making selections I gave strong consideration to the visual art – the print making work that is in the gallery – and chose works that I felt could directly relate to the exhibit either in form, style, or color.” The resulting collection of works by Molly-Margaret Johnson, Sydney Burch, Jeff Nichols, Halie Ann Bahr, Missa Kes, and Magnolia Yang-Sao-Yia will be staggered throughout the evening.
**Admission is FREE, but the hat will be passed with all money raise going to the performers.
The Revolution Now exhibition, curated by Ash Marlene Hane and Angela Sprunger, acknowledges women who are creating change, locally or globally, known to many or known to a few. Their revolutions may be large and loud or slow and quiet, but their fight is now. Fourteen artists, including Hane & Sprunger, created new limited edition fine art prints for this show. Working in a variety of print media – including monoprint, relief and silkscreen – the collection introduces viewers to women from all over the world and in doing so encourages new dialogue and understanding.
April Sellers is a curator, choreographer, performer and educator who has nurtured underrepresented voices in performance. Rooted in a feminist perspective, Sellers’s curatorial work has a platform for choreographers and artists who exist outside the mainstream, particularly interested in issues of gender. Her first venture into curating began as a protest, when she presented OUT in the Cold: a 32nd Annual Choreographers Evening in response to the Walker Arts Center’s cancelling of Choreographers Evening. That sense of the subversive was followed up in 2006 with In The Buff –A Naked Choreographers Evening at The Bryant Lake Bowl, a performance that included 10 local choreographers all using nudity in their work to address the anti-nudity bias of local presenters and curators. She’s gone on to work as a curator at Links Hall in Chicago, where she created a three-year grassroots touring network focusing on queer performance and she curated an evening of work for Intermedia Arts’ Catalyst Series, featuring her own work as well as other women choreographers. This summer, she continues the tradition of her mentor, the late John Munger, curating and producing The Rabbit Show, an annual preview of dance performances in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.