International Artist

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2013 McKnight International Artist George Stamos 2013 McKnight International Artist George Stamos
Photo by V. Paul Virtuccio

The McKnight International Artist program invites one international choreographer each year to spend time in residence in Minnesota, collaborating with Minnesota dance artists and showcasing new work. International Artist residencies are offered by invitation only.

Northrop and the McKnight Artist Fellowship program are pleased to announce the residency details for the 2014 McKnight International Artist Osnel Delgado , in partnership with Zenon Dance Company. Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado has been selected as the 2014 McKnight International Artist, a program that provides a Minnesota residency for one international choreographer each year to work with Twin Cities dance artists to develop and showcase new work. This year the McKnight Fellowship program cohosts the residency with Zenon Dance Company.

Delgado will begin his residency in Minneapolis August 17-31. During this time he will create a new work for Zenon Dance Company. Additionally, Delgado will teach classes in Cuban dance at both the Zenon Dance School and Northrop, and will participate in a variety of dance community events.

Delgado’s classes will focus on the Cuban technique of modern dance, which is a dense and unique blend of North American modern dance patterns and Afro Cuban dance elements and movement modes. The classes will also approach key Cuban popular dance styles related to the Rumba Complex; and some dance styles belonging to the Cuban religious dance traditions mostly related to the practice of Santería or Yoruba culture. 

Additionally, two community classes are being offered from Minneapolis-based, Cuban-born dancers René Thompson and Chini Perez at Zenon Dance Studio. Thompson’s class will teach the uniquely Cuban steps of salsa, chachacha, rumba, mambo, and other traditional Cuban rhythms. Perez will teach an all-levels combination of Latin dance and Afro Cuban including Cuban style salsa, merengue, bachata, son, chachacha, rumba, and Columbia.

There will also be a public talk called “Baseball and Dance in Cuba” led by Fernando Saez, cofounder of MalPaso and director of the Performing Arts Program of Fundación Ludwig de Cuba.

FREE RESIDENCY EVENTS
*Most open classes include live drumming

Free Community Class led by René Thompson
Wed, Aug 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Zenon Dance Studio

Free Advanced Class
Thu, Aug 21, 9:30 – 11am
Zenon Dance Studio

Free Intermediate/ Advanced Community Class led by Osnel Delgado
Fri, Aug 22, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Northrop             

DOUBLE HEADER (Come to one or both)
Free Intermediate/Advanced Community Class led by Osnel Delgado
Copresented with the Institute for Advanced Study
Sat, Aug 23, 9:30 – 11:00 am   
Northrop

DOUBLE HEADER (Come to one or both)
Talk: “Baseball and Dance in Cuba” by Fernando Saez
Copresented with the Institute for Advanced Study
Sat, Aug 23, 11:30 – 1:00 pm   
Best Buy Theater, Northrop

Free Intermediate/Advanced Community Class led by Osnel Delgado
Mon, Aug 25, 9:30 – 11:00 am    
Northrop

Free Advanced Community Class led by Osnel Delgado
Tue, Aug 26, 9:30 – 11:00 am   
Zenon Dance Studio

Free Community Class led by Chini Perez
Wed, Aug 27, 5:30 – 7:00 pm 
Zenon Dance Studio

Residency Showing/Open Rehearsal
Fri, Aug 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm    
Zenon Dance Studio

 

It's easy to get to Northrop!
Take the convenient new GREEN LINE Light Rail to the East Bank stop. Northrop is located at 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
You can also drive and park in the Church Street Ramp. The University is not in session, so parking is more easily available.
If you have questions about parking, accessibility, or any of the residency activities, please contact Natalie Wilson at wils1509@umn.edu or 612-301-3016.

It’s easy to get to Zenon!
Take the convenient BLUE LINE Light Rail to the Hennepin Ave stop. Zenon is located at 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.