Performance (interdisciplinary)

Venus DeMars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the PRetty Horses. DeMArs is also one of the foundational artists for Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, creating the iconic big blue doors that fronted on Hennepin Avenue and installations that included a Honda Civic art car parked halfway up the main staircase. A chance tax audit turned h/ir into a champion of artists' tax rights, after which the Venus DeMars Fund with Springboard for the Arts was established.

Julian Hines has created a kaleidoscope of a path in his artistry for over 10 years in the Twin Cities and abroad. He's studied various genres of dance primarily focused on West African, Hip Hop and Step. Known for his membership in Voice of Culture Drum + Dance, where he trained and honed his craft in West African Dance.

Luz Cruz's work is multidisciplinary; they are a tap dancer, and artist and a writer. Their current work examines generational differences between the upbringing of their ancestors, traditions they have learned and uphold and that of the world they reside in. They center their work around their experiences as a trans person of color, many of their pieces of work are part of a larger show they are currently working on.

 LZR VORTEX is a Minneapolis-based performer, video maker, nightlife wizard, dancer, and channeler of many energies and personas. Their work is playful, raw, low-tech, both campy and reverent. LZR is heavily influenced by science fiction, cartoons, electronic music, absurdity, and the generations of intrepid queer artists and activists that have come before them. LZR is a queer nihilist who believes in magic and desires collective healing.

Elena is a musician, aerialist, wellness guru, traveler, photographer and light seeker. She started singing before she could talk and dancing before she could walk. Her passion to explore, connect and create, has driven her across the globe. She spent her early years performing with Circus Juventas and has since gone on to teach and perform independently, studying at the University of Hawaii, circus training out of New York City, performing her original music with her band throughout the Twin Cities, and collaborating with artists around the world.

Tre Da' Marc is an International boylesque star from Minneapolis, MN. This national award winner performs all over the US and proudly reigns as the 2015-16 King of the Great Southern Exposure Burlesque Festival in Charlotte, NC. 

 

 

Anna Kunin is a theater artist and educator with deep roots in Theater/Pedagogy of the Oppressed and physical approaches to devised performance. Anna’s artistic process sparks in the space between rigorous play and conceptual fervor, creating performances that challenge, connect and incite.

Meena Mangalvedhekar is a visual artist, projectionista and photographer. She received GD-Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya and BFA from University of Minnesota, and has been active in group shows and public art projects in United States and India. She is currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. Her works appear as fusion of tangibles and intangibles in which meanings shift, past and present merge. Time, place and memory always play a key role. Through large installations, digital drawings and placemaking experiments Meena strives to connect community and place.

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