Allie Hankins

Morgan Thorson's Public Love

In Heaven (2009), choreographic mix-master Morgan Thorson and the sublime slowcore music of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (LOW) drew audiences into a meditation on the ambiguities of perfection. In this new commission, Thorson returns with Sparhawk and a brain trust of collaborators for an intervention on Western dance culture. Resuscitating power as tenderness, Public Love embraces reciprocal touch as an intimate alternative to might and control. Co-created with dance artists Jessica Cressey, Non Edwards, Allie Hankins, Sam Johnson, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, and Valerie Oliveiro, the work explores consent, action, agency, and connection as a balm for our divisive times.

December 8-9, 2018 / Walker Art Center's McGuire Theater / Minneapolis, MN

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Photo by Bobby Rogers