A Dance Double Bill

June 12 - June 15, 2014

Hannah Kramer + Chris Yon

Hannah Kramer describes her latest quartet, writ Large as a recitation; a content container that resuscitates and invites. She adds, "It is intimacy. It transmits the future. It is not not personal poetry."

Chris Yon's Swaggerprance, to keep from crying features nine dancers and includes sound design contributions from 

additional Twin Cities-based choreographers. Yon claims the piece is a movement form created and practiced by those in the International Society of Swaggerprancers, who have to physicalize their thoughts, because the words just won't come out.  When it is too difficult or boring to describe what kind of dance you do, you are likely a Swaggerprancer. If people say you don't look like a dancer, it's because you are a Swaggerprancer. The elusive Swaggerprancer appears more normal than normal, but is a misfit, outlier, silent-type, subversive, creature, cool, collected, laconic, ok, a downright deviant, a danger, a devil.

Swaggerprance is the name of a character in Hugo Ball's novel Tenderenda. Yon learned this through Karinne Keithley Syers' dance-play “Tenderenda der Fantast” based on Ball's novel. Yon stole it from Mr. Ball via Dr. Syers because she once explained to him that “plagiarism is progress,” though he can't remember who she stole that from.


Hannah Kramer is a contemporary dancer, teacher and choreographer who is predominantly interested in movement as a means of listening to and witnessing the self. Her work has been shown at The Red Eye Theater, the 400 Bar, The Bryant Lake Bowl Theater and Schwelle 7 in Berlin. She has danced in the work of many local luminaries including SuperGroup, Morgan Thorson, Karen Sherman, Chris Schlichting, Justin Jones, Emily Johnson, Angharad Davies and many more.

Appearing with Hannah in writ Large are Sarah Baumert, Hannah Geil-Neufeld and Erika Hanson.

Chris Yon is a Minneapolis based choreographer. He works primarily with dancer Taryn Griggs with whom he co-curated last year's Choreographer's Evening at the Walker Art Center.  He presently teaches at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.

Performing in SWAGGERDANCE, to keep from crying are Gabriel Anderson, Sarah Baumert, Taryn Griggs, Sam Johnson, Tara King, Nick LeMere, Jim Lieberthal, Matt Regan, and Arwen Wilder, and contibuting to the sound design are Kristin Van Loon, Elliot Durko Lynch, Justin Jones, Morgan Thorson, and Chris Yon.



Photo Credits
Image of Hannah Kramer by Galen David
Image of Chris Yon by Liz Josheff

New Works 4 Weeks is supported with project funding from Jerome Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature.  Red Eye’s 30th season is made possible with general operating support from the Carolyn Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.