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Choreographer John Jasperse’s piece at the Walker explores truth, lies

For years, I’ve been following the work of New York choreographer John Jasperse, with particular interest in how he regularly reconfigures stage space to activate audiences as part of the performance. I don’t think we’ll get that kind of experience with this weekend’s “Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies,” his newest piece, which was commissioned by the Walker Art Center.  

But a quick look at an excerpt from the show indicates an assemblage of rigorous, articulate movement by dancers wearing costumes adorned with sequins, some almost-stand-up comedy about ballet positions by Jasperse himself, an intriguing set, and even magic tricks. There’s even a large, floral mattress-like prop on which the performers “sunbathe.” To see and hear an interview with Jasperse about the show, go here.

When the work was performed at REDCAT on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Times called it a “wacky, surreal two-act opus” that was “flirty and fabulous.” The performance also includes a score by Hahn Rowe for string quartet and electronics, which will be performed live by Rowe; Minneapolis cellist extraordinaire Michelle Kinney (Jelloslave/Mississippi Peace); Angelique Gaudette, viola (Flower and Flame); Nicholas Gaudette, bass (Orange Mighty Trio/Mississippi Peace); and Melissa Mathews, violin (Mississippi Peace/Ukrainian Village Band/Machinery Hill/Mandragora Tango).

“Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies,” John Jasperse Company. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Tickets $15-$25. 612-375-7600.

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