July 20, 2020
Kairos Alive! and the Minnesota Orchestra
Families and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join a series of 2-way interactive Kairos Alive! Dancing Heart™ Creativity Together free participatory dance, music, song and storytelling events. The events will be webcast over Zoom on Thursday mornings, July 16 through August 13, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. CDT. These fun-for-all virtual performing arts engagement sessions tap the creativity in everyone and are a great way to connect with family and friends, and make new friends.
Sessions feature guest musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra: flutist Emilio Rutllant, a Minnesota Orchestra David and Rosemary Good Fellow, and viola Kenneth Freed. Alternating weeks will include favorite local musicians Vladimir Garrido-Biagetti, Ryan Bynum and Tom Johnson. Sessions are led by Kairos Alive! dance, song and theater Performing and Teaching Artists, Maria Genné, Parker Genné and Lynnea Doublette.
This collaboration between arts and social impact pioneer Kairos Alive! and the Minnesota Orchestra was originally conceived as a series of in-person music, dance and story events with older adults in congregate living and community program venues, and at Orchestra Hall. It was called “Finding Friends” and was to feature Kairos’ highly popular Intergenerational Dance Hall™ events, that regularly attract 100+ participants. Other collaborating organizations included Augustana Open Circle, American Swedish Institute, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, Volunteers of America Park Elder Center, and Ebenezer Park Apartments. Because of the virus, the project has been re-configured as a series of online interactive participatory experiences.
Kairos Alive! is a 20-year old national award-winning social impact organization based in the power of community performing arts engagement. It is a recognized pioneer in the Arts and Health, and Creative Aging movements, featured in the PBS documentary Arts and the Mind. Continuing from previous projects with the Minnesota Orchestra, Kairos Alive!’s Dancing Heart™ Creativity Together is a community outreach project designed to bring quality artists together with under-served audiences for enjoyment, and Arts and Health research learning.
Minnesota Orchestra's David and Rosemary Good Fellowship is intended to support greater diversity in the orchestral field by providing mentorship, coaching and experience at a professional level to outstanding young musicians of African American, Latin American, and Native American descent. Kai Rocke is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and participated in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program and Summer Music Institute as a high school student. Emilio Rutllant is a Chilean-born classical flutist who came from playing with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra and Sinfonia Boca Raton in Florida.
Additional Artists: Minneapolis-based Chilean-born musician Vladimir Garrido-Biagetti performs with many bands, including his South American electro cumbia, salsa, and merengue band, Alma Andina. Tom Johnson is a performer, composer transcriber and arranger who has played with The Johnson Family Band (Blue Grass), The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra (Hot Club Swing), People’s People (Modern Jazz), and D Mills and the Thrills (Hip-hop).
This series is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund. Major support also comes from Allianz, with additional support from the Thorpe Family Foundation and many individual contributors.