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ANNOUNCING: New Works Residency Artists

CFPA Minneapolis is excited to announce the three artists selected for our 2018 New Work Residency for Works in Progress of all Media (Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Music, Film and New Media) to make a new piece that in some way addresses identity. The Works in Progress will be presented at CFPA Mpls on April 20th and 21st, 2018. 

April Sellers Dance Collective

Ben Swenson-Klatt

Emily Rose Duea

The ReClaim series supports artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. With a focus on artists that reckon with social justice on a human scale, the post-presentation discussions are facilitated by skilled leaders in the creation of art and the seeking of justice.

April Sellers Dance Collective

Formed by April Sellers in 2000, the April Sellers Dance Collective (ASDC) is nationally recognized for their gender-bending, feminist-infused performances. Led by Sellers’ choreography and fueled by community participation, the ASDC’s work has long explored sexual identity (Jousting, 2014 and In Her Place, 2000), queer feminism (Big Baby, 2014 and Double Drag, 2015), and the vulnerability of the body (The V Project, 2007). ASDC celebrates complex expressions of gender and identity in their highly crafted performances.

 

Ben Swenson-Klatt

Ben is a performance artist creating work focused on the interactions between movement and text, seeking opportunities that challenge the audience and disrupt the ordinary through the creation of activated art. They have recently performed and worked with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, The Moving Company, Leyya Mona Tawil at the Soap Factory, and Orchard Theater Collective. Last year they formed Theatre Unchecked, an emerging artist collective, which produced Hand-Picked for the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Ben has presented original work at St. Olaf College, ACDA North-Central Conference, Bearnstow in Mount Vernon, Maine, and at Future Interstates and are a recent graduate from St. Olaf College where they received a B.A in Dance and Theater and a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.

 

 

 

Emily Rose Duea

As an actress and teaching artist, Emily Rose is passionate about sharing stories and creating discourse within the community. Emily Rose graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014 with a double major Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Psychology. Recently, she has been seen performing with Teatro Potlach (Fara Sabina, Italy), The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and is a company member with Hope Theater Company.