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Letter from the President
Artist/musician Christian Marclay created the installation Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix) in response to the Walker's extensive Fluxus collection, which in turn anchored an exhibition of his work presented at Franklin Art Works. Artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla worked with the Walker's Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) to create Radio Re-volt: One Person .00One Watt, a project through which community members built micro-radios to amplify their voices, with a mass broadcast along University Avenue and at the RAD: Radio, Access, Democracy Conference, organized in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I want to thank the Bush Foundation, the Nimoy Foundation, John Taft and Martha McPhee, and the Wallace Foundation for generously supporting Walker artist residencies.

The Walker's performing arts season featured work by some of the world's most significant innovators in dance, experimental theater, performance, and new music. Dance highlights included Momentum: New Dance Works with Minnesota's next generation of promising dance artists; Japanese butoh master Akira Kasai's Pollen Revolution; Minneapolis dancemaker Emily Johnson's Heat and Life; the Mark Morris Dance Group's performances of V, My Party, Rock of Ages, and All Fours; Pick Up Performance Company's presentation of David Gordon's Dancing Henry Five; Minneapolis-born Ralph Lemon's Come home Charley Patton; and Parisian provocateur Jérôme Bel's The show must go on. Music highlights included Serbian trumpeter Boban Markovic´ and his 10-piece band; West African star Rokia Traoré; Christian Marclay's Two Turntables and a Saxophone; Burnt Sugar, the Arkestra Chamber copresented with the Cedar Cultural Center; and the three-day Festival Dancing in Your Head celebrating jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman. The Walker also presented the 17th annual Out There festival of performance alternatives with the Southern Theater.

When the new William and Nadine McGuire Theater opened in April, the Walker celebrated its opening with performances of New York-based SITI Company's bobrauschenbergamerica; Space, Time, and Illusion by Molly Davies and Sage Cowles; Bill T. Jones' world premiere of his Walker- commissioned solo work As I Was Saying . . . ; and Jason Moran and the Bandwagon's world premiere of Milestone, a commission inspired by artists featured in the Walker's collection. In June, the Walker presented the 15th and final Dyke Night in connection with Twin Cities Pride celebration.

The performing arts program is made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The opening performances were sponsored by Accenture and Microsoft. Other major supporters included the Bush Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, Jerome Foundation, William W. and Nadine M. McGuire Commissioning Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Performance Network.

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