Critical Conversations – Technical and Production - June 6 to June 7

Our next series of Critical Conversations will focus on the technical and production side of dance! These workshops are designed to provide a baseline for working with production teams and venues in Minnesota and abroad and to give artists the language to talk about tech. Come to one or both – the workshops are independent of one another and will be both presentation and conversation based amongst the panel and any artists attending. Both workshops are moderated by Cowles Co-Director (and Production Manager), Joseph Bingham, who will be joined by several panelists at each event. These discussions are free and open to all. Come to share your thoughts or just listen.
Building a Production Team
Tuesday, June 6, 6:00-8:00pm

Finding the right people for your creative project is paramount for success. Depending on the needs of your project, you may need a stage manager, production manager (no, the two aren’t always the same), lighting designer, sound designer, video designer, or more. Just like artists, different production folks have different aesthetics and ways of collaborating. Hear from several seasoned folks from these disciplines about their working styles, big-picture things you as a choreographer should consider when building out your team of collaborators, and the do’s and don’ts of tech week.

Putting Your Show in a Venue and Touring
Wednesday, June 7, 6:00-8:00pm
Whether you are producing a show at a local theater or touring, there are many factors, logistics, and ways of working and planning to consider. Venues with crew requirements versus those who just turn the keys over require different approaches when it comes to working with the venue’s production person or team. The technical elements of your work will require different planning depending on the venue and the people available to support it. This workshop brings seasoned production folks together to discuss how different venues locally and nationally require artists and production teams to plan. You’ll walk away knowing what to consider for your project.

Location Info

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Contact Info

Colin Edwards