» Catalyst Series
2016-2017 Season
Intermedia Arts is proud to present the Catalyst Series, a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work. Through performing, media, and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways, showcasing work by today’s emerging and vangaurd artists. 

Spring

Film
Sunakali

Directed by Bhojrat Bhat
February 3, 2017 | Friday | 7:30PM
February 4, 2017 | Saturday | 2PM 

$7 in advance | $9 at the door | $5 for groups of 8 or more

A documentary film telling the story of a group of teenage girls in Nepal’s most remote district, Mugu, who overcome towering obstacles to pursue their passion of playing soccer. 
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Exhibition
FOOR Folx
The Invisible Bridges Across Class and Consciousness
Featuring work by Adja Gildersleve, Anna Min, and Tina Cho

Exhibition Dates: November 28, 2016-February 4, 2017
Opening Reception: February 23, 2017 | 6-8PM

GALLERY HOURS: Mondays 12 to 6PM | Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM to 6PM | Saturdays 12PM to 5PM
Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Twin Cities artists and community leaders Adja Gildersleve, Anna Min, and Tina Cho explore the experiences of FOrmerly PoOR Folx in personal, cultural, and historical contexts; culminating in an interactive multimedia exhibit designed to spark thought and conversation about the acquisition of wealth and privilege and living in-between classes. Presented in partnership with Min Enterprises Photography, LLC
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Dance
Flash
Written, Choreographed, and Performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto
March 3-4, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM

A Hip Hop / Butoh dance duet addressing the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance, and identity.
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Multidisciplinary
UNDERBELLY
Experimental, Multidisciplinary Works Featuring Emerging Ideas and Artists
April 7-8, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM

Intermedia Arts’ multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series returns this Spring with a Hip Hop theater experiment by TruthMaze, a collection of songs and stories from the mouth of a candy witch by Emily Zimmer, and an interdisciplinary one-woman show sifting the elusiveness of Black Girl Magic by Vie Boheme
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Exhibition
In Flux: Resist, Heal, Create

Featuring artwork by Youth of the Twin Cities and Beyond!
Curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council
Exhibition Dates: May 11-August 12, 2017
Opening Reception: May 13, 2017 | 1-3PM

GALLERY HOURS: Mondays 12 to 6PM | Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM to 6PM | Saturdays 12PM to 5PM
Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Created by youth for youth, In Flux: Resist, Heal, Create invites young artists to share and heal within the current context of violence and marginalization happening in the world around us.
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Performance
#TESTIFY
Part of the Radical Experiments Series

Devised & Directed by Shá Cage

May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 12PM & 2PM
$12 in advance, student, senior | $15 at the door

#TESTIFY is an immersive, multi-sensory theater performance that instigates the line between fact and fiction, propaganda and politics, and race and class. It examines identity through the lens of the absence of connection. Sha Cage directs this devised piece in collaboration with Amoke Kubat, Jayanthi Kyle, Beverly Cottman, E.G. Bailey, Felicia Perry, Bill Cottman, Kiara Jo Jackson, Johanna Easley, Semaj Copeland, Alejandro Eduarte, Roza Brooks, Simone Williams Bernadette and Nioka WorkmanThemes in this work include the politics of systemic racism, black and brown beauty, and historical cycles of trauma and healing. 
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Interactive Performance
ZONES
Part of the Radical Experiments Series
Led by Marcus Young, Ananya Chatterjea, and Dr. Joi Lewis
May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 4-6:30PM
Sliding Scale $5-25

Participation + Meditation + Movement = An experiment in Radical Self-Care. 
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Film
Brown CINEMA Café: Waist Up - Short Films About Youth
June 1, 2017 | Thursday | Free, but RSVP Required
6:30PM | Music Mixer + Snacks
7PM | Film Screening


June's Brown CINEMA Café features a series of short films created by and about youth.
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FALL

Multidisciplinary
Inside/Out Festival
Featuring Ellen Hinchcliffe, J. Otis Powell, Davu Seru, Donald Washington , RARE Productions, Eric F. Avery, and Tru Ruts' Sankofa Film Festival
September 22-25, 2016 | Thursday-Sunday

A four-day multidisciplinary festival seeking to test, redefine and innovate the use of space, performative technique and the role of the audience. More Info Visit


 



Exhibition

Skin(s)
Curated by Heid E. Erdrich
Exhibition Dates: October 11-November 5, 2016
Opening Reception: October 21, 2016 | 6:30PM

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday | 10AM-6PM
Saturdays | 12-5PM
Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Skin(s) is an exhibition of artworks by Minnesotans who ​express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and​ ​other indigenous nations ​​​​revealing the power and diversity of urban Native artists.
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Dance
Skin(s)
Directed and Choreographed by Rosy Simas
October 21-22, 2016 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM
October 23, 2016 | Sunday | 2PM & 7:30PM
$15 Advance, Student, Senior | $18 at the Door

Skin(s) shares the beauty and diversity of how urban Native people identify, examining the contradictions, pride, joy, pain, and sorrow that arise out of our multi-dimensional identities.
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Film
FREE CECE!
A Film by Jac Gares | Executive Produced by Laverne Cox
October 29, 2016 | Saturday | 8PM
$7 Advance, Student, Senior | $9 at the Door

On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. This documentary pushes past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere.

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Performance
UNDERBELLY
Experimental, Multidisciplinary Works Featuring Emerging Ideas and Artists 
November 4-5, 2016 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM
$12 Advance, Student, Senior | $15 at the Door

A multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series featuring a new movement piece by Magnolia YSY, a multidisciplinary investigation of depression by Quee Drea, and a theatrical experience exploring identity and freedom by brianne a. hill.
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Performance
#sayhername
Written by Shá Cage
Directed by E.G. Bailey

November 28, 2016 | Monday | 6:30PM and 8:30PM
$15 Advance, Student, Senior | $18 at the Door

An immersive, multi-sensory theater performance in response to our media-saturated contemporary times against the backdrop of racially motivated violence against women. Theater, puppetry, song and testimony tell the story of a girl named womyn who demands that somebody, anybody say her name! 
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Exhibition
Dimensions of Indigenous &
Cultural Identity Politics

Curated by Gordon coons, Ojibwa, Lac Courte Oreilles
& Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Xinka-Lenca, El Salvador 

Exhibition Dates: November 28, 2016-February 4, 2017
GALLERY HOURS: Mondays 12 to 6PM | Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM to 6PM | Saturdays 12PM to 5PM

Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Artists Gordon Coons and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra explore dimensions of Indigeneity and cultural identity politics through the modern expression of color and paper cuttings. 
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Film
Brown CINEMA Café: Women's Work
Short Films By and About Women
December 15, 2016 | Thursday | 6:30PM Mixer + Snacks | 7PM Film Screening
FREE

December's Brown CINEMA Café will feature a series of short films created by and about women. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the full line up! 
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ABOUT THE CATALYST SERIES
The Catalyst Series is a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work. Through performing, media, and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways, showcasing work by artists whose voices are in motion. The series offers a pathway for traditionally underrepresented artists, emerging local changemakers, and projects that ignite innovation.


 


These presentations are made possible in part 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.




















 

 


ABOUT THE CATALYST SERIES
The Catalyst Series is a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work. Through performing, media, and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways, showcasing work by artists whose voices are in motion. The series offers a pathway for traditionally underrepresented artists, emerging local changemakers, and projects that ignite innovation.


 


These presentations are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota



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