Performing Artists

The Art Shanty Projects supports visual artists, musicians, composers, puppeteers, architects, poets, scientists, dancers/choreographers, writers, fisher-people, naturalists, vocalists, spoken word artists, craftspeople, storytellers, actors, or playwrights, etc., in creating engaging structures and perfomrances for our artist-driven communities. By encouraging participation from artists of all media, backgrounds and experience levels, we strive to foster open interactions between artists and audience members. There are no proposal restrictions for artists to present. All creative people are encouraged to participate. Our goal is to expand the ideas of who can be an artist. On-Ice Program artist stipends are provided for selected projects to offset the costs of creating and staffing during required program hours. Artists who build shanties are expected spend a significant portion of time on the ice. Performers will be compensated based on frequency, duration, and participation.

2017 On-Ice Program Performing Artists*

Action Movie (Artist:: Olive Bieringa) An action movie as a one-on-one walking performance. Audiences will have a 20-minute live low-fi movie created just for them as they trek through the Art Shanty village. Visitors are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination into a practice of vibrant potentiality; a performance in which the imagination is given space to transform our understanding of the everyday; a practice in making magic through the simple act of opening, closing, and opening our eyes.

ArtCar + ArtBikes of Minnesota (Artists:: ArtCars / ArtBikes of Minnesota) The world’s only ArtCar and ArtBike Parade on Ice happens here in Minnesota each winter. Driving across the ice is a challenging idea to many; especially other ArtCar and ArtBike artists from across the nation where it does not get cold enough to hold events on a frozen lake. ArtCars will also be available for anyone wanting transport back to shore. 

Create A Play On the Bus (Artists:: Matthew A. Everett, Charles Campbell, Hector Chavarria, Fire Drill [Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney]) Visitors are invited into the Vehicle of Expression shanty to create a site-specific play. The audience determines the random order and content of the scenes which make up the play by choosing a number. Then members can hand off their script to actors or play along and perform the scene themselves.

feed//back (Artist:: JP Merz) A structured improvisation for two percussionists composed specifically for interactive light and sound components of The Sky is Falling shanty. Shifting between an active affective role-guiding the emotions of the listeners- and a passive affective role-responding to the listeners’ emotions as displayed in the shanty’s interactive elements- this thirty-minute work creates a networked loop between the shanty’s audience, performers and technology.

Fire and Ice: A Winter Flamenco Odyssey (Artists:: Deborah Elias Danza Española with the Coro Flamenco Street Choir) In a juxtaposition of Southern Spain and Minnesota, this combination flamenco procession, performance, and sing-along will heat up the ice with energy and festivity. The Coro Flamenco Street Choir will process around the shanties and ultimately gather around the bonfire to sing and dance to traditional flamenco songs. Visitors are invited to join the procession and/or meet up at the bonfire to join in the fun by doing palmas (rhythmic hand clapping), playing rhythm instruments, and singing along.

Ice Garden (Artist:: Peter Schulze) Using a technique where frozen shapes are 'glued' together with liquid water in freezing temperatures, visitors will be invited to participate by 'watering the garden'. An ice garden will evolve and be documented over the duration of the Art Shanty Projects On-Ice Program.

Inward Music: Defrosted (Artist:: Sarah Stengle) Inward Music: Defrosted is a moveable sculptural installation of small harps and furniture mounted on skis. The instruments are based on the Finnish kantele, an ancient lap harp. A performer plays on one of the harps while inviting people to participate on the other harps. The harps can be played with mittens on.

Lady Bear on Ice (Artists:: Kim Ford, Christopher Lutter-Gardella, Robert Werling, Riley Wiseman, Josh McGarvey, Jimmy Grackle) Lady Bear, the full scale female Polar Bear Puppet is back on the ice at the Art Shanty village to carouse with the shanty builders, dance with the visitors and roar with the children!

Lineage (Artist:: Otto Ramstad) Lineage is about people traveling through very particular landscape of a frozen lake. Viewers will walk towards the solo dance to connect the body with the act of walking, the elements, and intimate audience experiences. The audience will follow the dance piece over the ice, moving their body to see the performance, choosing their proximity.

OPM Winter Plein Air Painters (Artists::Featured Painters) Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will deploy painters to shanty village to paint during a 90 minute windows of time. Artists will interact with visitors to share the challenges and joys of plein air painting during winter.

Prairie Fire Lady Choir ON ICE (Artists:: Prairie Fire Lady Choir) The local all-female a cappella singing group is sure to warm folks up and get them smiling, laughing, dancing, singing along! With thirty or so members in bright, fiery outfits, audiences will be drawn in with a mix of covers and originals, all arranged by choir members.

Preposterous Polemic (Artist:: Rachel Bendtsen Beauchamp) Preposterous Polemic celebrates flights of fancy with a logical and supported debate stance on a subject of absolutely no importance whatsoever! Guests will select from a list of truly polarizing and also absurd debate topics. Artists will engage with any interested guests in an impassioned debate. Can your heart and mind be swayed from their initial impression?

The GIANT Frame Photo Guestbook (Artist:: Patti Paulson) Memorialize your visit to the Art Shanty Projects with a photo taken in the GIANT Frame!! Take your own pics or pose for our camera. Images may be shared via social media. #ArtShantyProjects

The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet (Artists:: Richard Chin, Andrea Leap, Zoe Henrot) The drudgery of snow removal becomes performance art with a dance set to music involving snow shovels and a snowblower or two in the Snowblower Ballet. Think Esther Williams only with frozen water. Volunteer dancers welcome. We'll bring the shovels.

*performance schedule subject to change