LAURIE VAN WIEREN (she/her) grew up on the west side of Chicago and moved to Minneapolis where she fell in with a pack of dance and art makers. Van Wieren has created solo, ensemble, and site-specific works throughout the Twin Cities with many collaborators. This work has been presented at the Walker Art Center, The Southern Theater, Hennepin Center for the Arts, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, The O’Shaughnessy, Carlton College Arena Theater, First Ave, The Fitzgerald Theater, Loring Park, Open Eye Theater, Red Eye Theater, Lake of the Isles Ice skating rink and Patrick’s Cabaret. Her dances have also been seen in Chicago, Fargo, New York, Potsdam, Germany, and Yaroslavl, Russia. She is an artist advocate and has curated and produced performances at the Southern Theater, Ritz Theater, SOO Visual Art Center, and 9×22 Dance/Lab, the monthly inclusive performance/discussion platform that she created (2003 to 2019). Her work has received awards from McKnight, Jerome, Bush, NEA, Rockefeller Foundations, MRAC, MN State Arts Board, MN Sage Awards, and an Artists of the year in City Pages. In 2022 she was in residence at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography as part of a McKnight Artist Fellowship.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
Title: Precarious Disclosure
A structured improvisation and set choreography looking back on our lives and into the future with Alys Ayumi Ogura, Jules Bither, Michelle Kinney, Anna Marie Shogren, Pramila Vasudevan and Laurie Van Wieren.
IF YOU WERE A TYPE OF CANDY, WHAT CANDY WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
“While I was still in art school, I worked at Mars Candy…6 days a week. The building was a 1928 Spanish Renaissance style building on the west side of Chicago. We wore brilliant white uniforms and hair matching nets on our heads. We survived on 20 minutes for lunch and two 10 min breaks. I worked with a small group of women who filled in wherever we were needed. Sometimes putting Almonds on the Almond bars, sometimes making boxes all day. If we were not needed on a line- we would sort M&M’s. If we came back even a few minutes late from lunch the candy bars would be in monstrous piles on the floor, like the scene in “I Love Lucy”, only we would have to pick it all up and get back on line. We could eat as much candy as we wanted to but couldn’t take any candy home. I would be a Snickers bar.”
– Laurie Van Wieren
HAPPY HOUR ARTIST PERFORMANCES
Daily, 5:30 – 6:30pm
- Monday, April 24- Nic Lincoln
- Tuesday, April 25 – Cheng Xiong and Javan Mngrezzo
- Wednesday, April 26 – Shane Larson and Rachel Lieberman
- Thursday, April 27 – Laurie Van Wieren
- Friday, April 28 – Lily Conforti
$25 Five-Show Package | $12 per show
Walk-ins welcome. Cash/check/card accepted at the door.
All Happy Hour ticket income and Happy Hour donations goes directly to the artists.