Two Harbors artist showcases dance at Walker Art Center

Two Harbors artist showcases dance at Walker Art Center

“I was like, ‘I have a piece of plywood in the garage,’” Schiltgen claimed, and then extra, “the issues you do in a pandemic.”

She took the board to the grass and began to participate in with it, going instinctively, experimenting with the more area of texture and the sense of the about 3.5-by-4-foot board versus her system.

The function she designed, and later premiered at “Dances on the Lakewalk” final summer season, is a single of the items selected for Choreographers’ Evening 2021 at the Walker Artwork Center.

The sequence, which began in 1972 as a write-up-Thanksgiving effectiveness, has been a showcase for up to date dance. This year’s function is curated by Valerie Oliveiro and is at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the museum’s McGuire Theater. The later exhibit will be livestreamed.

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Kayla Schiltgen was first featured in the Choreographers' Evening in 2019. She returns to the stage at the Walker Art Center on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Contributed / Kayla Schiltgen

Kayla Schiltgen was 1st highlighted in the Choreographers’ Night in 2019. She returns to the stage at the Walker Art Middle on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Contributed / Kayla Schiltgen

In a be aware from the curator, Oliveiro described the course of action of putting the show alongside one another as a “loving salve.”

“The alchemy of these 11 spectacular choreographers nourished me for the methods they have shifted, attained into, even opened towards the complexities of their individual procedures, perspectives, analysis, site and producing — moving by means of the very last 20 months,” Oliveiro wrote.


Schiltgen’s background is in modern day dance and her foreground is sustainable farming, the follow she shifted toward just after she was sidelined by an damage and creatively used.

She and theater artist Eric Elefson live on the 16.5-acre farm on the North Shore, which has a yurt with beds, wi-fi web, access to a conventional Finnish sauna — and the chance to dig into the duo’s garlic farm.

Kayla Schiltgen stands on a ladder as she cuts bulbs of cured garlic from their stalks Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at Turtle Hare Farm + Stay in Two Harbors. 
Tyler Schank / File / Duluth News Tribune

Kayla Schiltgen stands on a ladder as she cuts bulbs of cured garlic from their stalks Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at Turtle Hare Farm + Stay in Two Harbors.
Tyler Schank / File / Duluth Information Tribune

Getting exterior, she observed, sparked her creative juices yet again.

“The way that my aesthetic and voice has developed,” she said, “I sense so significantly much more like myself now. It’s been actually, seriously amazing. I could have hardly ever imagined that the journey could be like this.”

Schiltgen to start with attended the Walker’s once-a-year showcase when she was finding out dance at the College of Minnesota — and right away included it to her to-do listing. She auditioned a handful of instances and was very first highlighted in 2019.

She 1st introduced the perform in approach of “Recipe for Something” very last summertime to favorable opinions: Some viewers uncovered it good-humored, others considered it a tale of heritage and legacy. It reportedly helped a single do the job as a result of intricate feelings.

Schiltgen explained the piece as one particular born of subsequent her instincts, and applying the board — which never ever touches the ground — as a way to immediate target to her fingers slinking out from beneath it, her human body on the floor, the motion of her ft. It’s experimental — much more human motion than what a viewer may well see as standard dance.

The piece is set to a home made soundscape that consists of voice notes Schiltgen has still left for herself, like recipe measurements or the amount of compost employed or the dimensions of a harvest.

“It’s fascinating for the reason that she’s moving with (the board) almost like it is her associate,” said artist Naomi Christenson, who has gotten to know Schiltgen via the community dance local community. “But it’s not a traditional ‘I direct, the board follows.’ It’s a collaborative again and forth. It’s playful and there are components where by it feels like it’s a load.

“It’s actually lovely to view.”


Schiltgen’s experimental style has a short while ago led her to filmmaking — which she prefers to call screendance. She choreographed the “The I’s Have It” on dancer Haley Jensen, who was then in a position to insert motion by way of prompts. Schiltgen, nevertheless, experienced the very last say — editing the operate to insert repetition, frantic power, and then move.

The short film premiered regionally during Duluth Excellent Film Pageant and was selected for the International Meeting on Video clip Dance and Video Performance and the Pageant Global de Movie Danse de Bourgogne, a digital film festival.

There will be additional of this medium from Schiltgen who is in the middle of commencing a CSA, which stands for “Neighborhood Supported Art” in this situation. Shareholders will get digitally the screendance pieces she generates.

Christenson mentioned she enjoys staying all-around the artist — partly since of her motivation to the function.

“She’s a seriously sensitive human being and I assume sometimes sensitive people today can get pushed to the sidelines,” she reported. “She’s bought a strong feeling of seeking to place her voice out there. It is a tricky point for even us who are medium delicate. I applaud it.”

If you go

What: Choreographers’ Evening 2021

When: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Walker Artwork Centre, Minneapolis (7 p.m. present will be available for streaming at

Other details: Abide by Kayla Schiltgen at

Christa Lawler is a options reporter at the Information Tribune. She can be attained at [email protected].