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2019 Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box will incubate 4 artists in two intentionally paired teams of mentor/mentee. All four will craft their own independent 15-30 minute performance to take place at the new Theater In The Round Amphitheater on Nicollet Mall. Learn more about this exciting new performance venue.

2019 Beyond the Box Artists

Mentor BareBones Puppet Theater: There are 6 islands of plastic scattered in the world's oceans. Isle d'Plastique is a puppet pageant about our love affair with plastic, and a culture that tells us we can just throw it away. Built from repurposed plastic garbage, this piece aims to be beautiful, alluring, and diabolical.

Mentee Laura Korynta is a multimedia artist working in puppetry, illustration and mixed media. Originally an ELL teacher, she was inspired after working on community art projects to pursue a life of making and sharing art. She currently resides in St. Paul.


Mentor Taiko Arts Midwest's Enso Daiko: Taiko artist Jennifer Weir and members of Enso Daiko will collaborate with local visual artist Bob Schmitt of Laughing Waters Studio to create a live brush painting and taiko performance. This improvisational performance seeks to highlight shared cultural traditions, inspiration, and energetic visual elements.

Mentee Micah Chermak will choreograph a new work in partnership with fellow Twin Cities dancers incorporating movement influences from the Butoh tradition, and thematically reflecting on the multifaceted notions of tribalism in today's world. Micah received his MFA from the University of Arizona School of Dance, working as a preceptor and instructor of record for the University. Currently a dancer and choreographer for Twin Cities Ballet, Micah has worked across the country dancing and setting works at St. Paul Ballet, PDX Contemporary Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet Tucson, and Portland Opera. Micah earned his BFA in Ballet and BA in Liberal Studies from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Some notable danced works include Balanchine’s Serenade and Anna Marie Holmes’ La Vivandiere. Modern and contemporary work includes Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Jose Limon’s The Unsung, and Ohad Naharin’s Deca.


This project is a partnership with Vibrant and Safe Downtown, the Downtown Improvement District, and Minneapolis Central Library, and is funded, in part, by support from the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

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