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Humans in The Human Scale

September 26, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Image courtesy of Kristin Van Loon

HUMANS IN THE HUMAN SCALE: 2 afternoons of dance performance

September 26 | Performances by J.H. Shuǐ Xiān and HIJACK (the choreographic collaboration of  Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder)

October 23 | José Luis, Valerie Oliveiro, Kaz K Sherman

Expanding The Human Scale exhibition currently on view through October 24, curators Kristin Van Loon & Ryan Fontaine present  two afternoons of dance performance in the Rochester Art Center galleries. Visual art by dancers and dance in the context of visual art is a regular part of the programming in their home gallery HAIR+NAILS in Minneapolis. In two unique programs of luminary Twin Cities choreographers, see live bodies in motion, weaving through the intricate floor plan of The Human Scale. A strolling audience experience.


Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān is an interdisciplinary choreographer, improviser and sound artist. Her work prioritizes and centers the experiences of QTIPOC, and stands in allyship to those of other marginalized identities. She has presented works at venues including Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Public Functionary, Bryant Lake Bowl, Tek Box, The Southern Theater, Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, MN) and 9 Herkimer Place (Brooklyn, NY) and has recently  enjoyed collaborating with others including Dua Saleh, Emily Gastineau, HIJACK/Galia Eibenschutz, Reed Two Bulls, Leila Awadallah, Judith Howard, Rosy Simas, Chris Schlichting, Pramila Vasudevan, Megan Meyer, and Erin Drummond. She is a 2017 Q-Stage: New Works and 2019 Momentum: New Dance Works recipient.

HIJACK is the Minneapolis-based choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. HIJACK is the confluence and clash of two independent compositional/kinesthetic impulses. Their dances embrace juxtaposition. Their dances house unlikely intimates and question “who is the enemy?” 

Over the last 28 years they have created over 100 dances and performed in venues ranging from proscenium to barely-legal. HIJACK has performed in New York (at DTW, PS122, HERE ArtCenter, Catch/Movement Research Festival, La Mama, Dixon Place, Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, 9 Herkimer), Japan, Russia, Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, at Fuse Box Festival in Austin Texas, and Bates Dance Festival in Maine and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.

HIJACK has enjoyed long relationships with Bryant Lake Bowl Theater (where their 1996 “Take Me To Cuba” was the theater’s first ever dance concert), Zenon Dance School (where they have taught every Wednesday morning for over 20 years), and Walker Art Center (which commissioned “redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye” to celebrate twenty years of HIJACK). In 2014, Contact Quarterly published the chapbook “Passing for Dance: A HIJACK Reader”, edited and instigated by Lisa Nelson. Jealousy (HIJACK’s 2019 installation/performance collaboration with Ryan Fontaine and Heidi Eckwall at HAIR+NAILS) was selected as one of the “Best of 2019” shows by the Star Tribune. 

This activity is 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.


September 26, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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