DaNCEBUMS DaNCE is a four week residency jam-packed with music, dance, and performance.  Joined by keyboardist/vocalist Eric Mayson and percussionist Toby Ramaswamy, DaNCEBUMS is a band that makes dances - a crowd pleasing performance imbued with humor, groove, exertion, and extreme bliss. Each week focuses on a facet of DaNCEBUM-ness, with an all star line up to match.





DaNCEBUMS is a group of five making dance collaboratively and non-hierarchically in Minneapolis. Dubbed “the best dance party in town”, their work straddles the arty and the party as they knowingly move between precise technique and casual pop sensibility. In a search for radical joy, they embrace the awkward, conjure nostalgia, and contemplate bright futures. Their crowd-pleasing performance is imbued with humor, groove, exertion, and extreme bliss.

Margaret Johnson, Kara Motta, Eben Kowler, Maggie Zepp, and Karen McMenamy met as students in the University of Minnesota’s dance department, and have collaborated in various configurations since 2011. Tightly bonded by friendship, they lived together at 601 Broadway St NE. During their two-year residency in this home, they produced a trio of original dance-rock-operas in their single-car garage. Since 2013, DaNCEBUMS has been performing thoughtful and provocative dance work in the Twin Cities. Their collaboration is based on mutual love and respect for each other, systems of support, and togetherness. They have presented work at the Walker Art Center (One-Move-Dance), Red Eye Theater (New Works 4 Weeks 2014, 2015), The Southern Theater, and the Bryant Lake Bowl (WOW, in collaboration with 6ix Families). Their webseries, moves4u2do, allows fans to take their choreography off the stage and into their lives with simple instructional videos.

Currently, DaNCEBUMS is realizing their dream of becoming a dance band - taking their work out of the theater and into bars, music venues, and parties. Joined by keyboardist/vocalist Eric Mayson, and percussionist Toby Ramaswamy, they have performed at 7th St Entry, ICEHOUSE, Kitty Cat Klub, Public Functionary,The Swedish Institute, and on live television as part of TPT’s Takeover Series.







HIJACK is the 23-year, Minneapolis-based, choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder. HIJACK actively questions where and for whom dance is performed by choosing unconventional venues and projects. Specializing in the inappropriate, they toy with audiences’ expectations through their interpretation of venue. They perform dances in both social and theatrical spaces, and the dances wear the imprint of the spaces they’ve been.
HIJACK has taught and performed at over 100 locations; in NYC (DTW, PS122, Here ArtCenter, Catch Series, Movement Research Festival, La Mama, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Studios for Dance), Russia, Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Iowa, at Bates, Fuse Box and SFDI Festivals.
HIJACK has been supported by McKnight, Bush and Jerome Foundations, as well as FORECAST Public ArtWorks and numerous NPN Creation Fund Commissions and Performance Residencies. They have received commissions from colleges, ballet companies, puppet theaters. In 2013 Walker Art Center celebrated HIJACK’s 20th anniversary by commissioning "redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye".  In 2014, Contact Quarterly published the chapbook "Passing For Dance —a HIJACK reader". In 2015, HIJACK used their second MANCC residency for a laboratory with Lisa Nelson to bounce their own choreographic strategies off of her Tuning Scores. This season HIJACK is engaging in a consentual occupation of Walker Art Center's Mediatheque. 





tony the scribe:

tony the scribe is worried. Seldom second-guessing or hedging his bets, but worried all the same. The Minneapolis-bred rapper’s work is colored by a sense of impending consequences—be they social decay or just a really bad hangover. There are no dead ends, no non-sequiturs. Spitting real philosophy in dorm rooms or dorm room philosophy on bad dates, tony’s writing grapples with moral and practical dilemmas on scales large and small: city-wide protests and cramped house parties. And he’s having trouble keeping it together. 

tony is perpetually caught between worlds. Raised in south Minneapolis and coming of age under the second Bush, tony entered the Twin Cities’ vibrant independent rap scene while he was still in high school. He snuck out of his parents’ houses to paper the city with fliers for shows at First Avenue, hiding cheap vodka in his tire well and honing his delivery on late-night car rides home. After years spent studying local heroes like Doomtree and Guante, tony eventually joined forces with producer ICETEP, with whom he formed KILLSTREAK. The duo’s 2013 debut, Janus, is the writer’s version of a high-wire act, a visceral reaction to inarticulable problems. His most recent project, the solo EP mixed blood, is the inverse, the writer’s version of dark caverns and fragile ladder rungs. tony currently lives in Minneapolis, where he worries.