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Vanessa Voskuil, SHIFT

Barker Center for Dance

Vanessa Voskuil, SHIFT. Photo: Jim Smith


SHIFT is a sound and interactive movement environment located in the lobby of the Barbara Barker Center for Dance at the University of Minnesota. SHIFT asks which communicative qualities contribute to a sustainable, evolving society, best serve the conversation, and lay the groundwork for growth.  In between performance events, spectators will be invited to explore the interactive environment freely.

Performance times:

10:00 PM and 11:15 PM (20min)
(Q & A after first performance)
The environment will be available for audience participation between 10:20 pm and 12:30 am

Conceived and directed by Vanessa Voskuil
Sonic environment and technology by Manjunan Gnanaratnam
Design installation by David Mehrer

Performing Collaborators
Jeffrey Berger
Hilda De Roover
Andrea Ñ Gutierrez
Alexandre Spinelli Ferreira
Pierre-Gilles Henry
Ifrah Mansour
Emma Rainwater
Sammy Samejima

Vanessa Voskuil

Vanessa Voskuil is an independent choreographer, director, performer, designer, community organizer, teaching artist, and creator of dances, interdisciplinary performances and films. She has created more than twenty original works presented by theaters and universities throughout the Twin Cities.

Manjunan Gnanaratnam

Composer Manjunan Gnanaratnam has worked extensively as an interdisciplinary artist within the context of Modern and Postmodern Dance for almost thirty years. His research in physical computing methodologies and multidisciplinary identities originated at the Computer Music Labs at the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport, New York, in the early 1990s.

David Mehrer

David Mehrer holds a B.F.A. in sculpture from Minnesota State University Moorhead. His work with Vanessa Voskuil in En Masse won a Minnesota SAGE award for outstanding design. David is active in the Minneapolis theater and performing arts community as a set designer and stage manager, as well as designing and fabricating retail displays.


This production is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation and the Barbara Barker Center for Dance.