What to See this Fall, Per the Mayor

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak may be the city’s greatest arts patron, catching everything from the latest Guthrie show to the MOSAIC teen talent contest. Here’s a bit more about a couple of shows he’s looking forward to seeing this fall.

The 39 Steps

Opening at the Guthrie Theater on October 30

“My wife is a huge Hitchcock fan,” says hizzoner. Joel Sass directs four actors—who manage to play more than 150 characters in this murder mystery that makes the most of stage tricks and the art of live theater.

Here, Sass explains the show’s concept:


Eiko & Koma

In residency at the Walker Art Center starting October 2

“It sounds so cool,” Rybak says, “a living installation where they’ll dance in a gallery day after day.” He’s not kidding—as part of a Walker retrospective on this Japanese duo that epitomizes contemporary dance even as they push its boundaries, they’ll occupy a gallery at the Walker every day for an ongoing experiment in live dance as exhibition. No one said they thought like the rest of us.

You can read more about the retrospective on their site. Or watch this video about it:

Eiko & Koma THE RETROSPECTIVE PROJECT: FALL 2009 at Wesleyan from Eiko and Koma on Vimeo.