“This dance-theatre work focuses on our fascination with film and the mystique of movies, mixing movement, text, and media to do what SPDT does best: create poetic and dynamic head and heart pieces that examine and explode our need for love, longing, and the human-est of connections. Plus they are just amazing to watch.” – American Theater Magazine
“A sumptuous multidisciplinary collaboration of film, theater, and dance” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
MATINEE is a dance-theater-film adaptation of American novelist Robert Coover’s New Yorker short story of the same name, by SPDT Artistic Co-Directors Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello, in collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Welken. Films-within-films-within-films collide as performers search for connection and romance, moving effortlessly through the stage and screen. MATINEE calls upon film noir, movie musicals, and romance, as it tells the story of a woman floating between the realms of reality and fiction.
During a week-long residency in Red Wing, SPDT will engage community members in their nationally recognized Arts & Health and Arts & Education programs, concluding with a public performance of MATINEE. The work was commissioned by the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the William Wright Endowment Fund for New Works, Michigan State University. Additional research and development supported by James Madison University and St. Olaf College Dance Departments.
*Adaptation of Robert Coover’s story by Stuart Pimsler. “Matinee” Copyright © 2012 by Robert Coover. The story originally appeared in The New Yorker. Used by arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of the author. All rights reserved.
This event features free education and outreach activities, led by artists. Click here for details.
This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.