Northern Spark – June 4, 2011
Our friends at the Snap Shot Shanty kindly invited us to host a dance party in their shanty as part of their participation in the Northern Spark “Nuit Blanche” Festival. As things turned out, a sleepy Lowertown neighbor “pre-complained” about noise and festivities were moved to the Board Shanty. We dug the digs all the same and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all you fabulous people for coming out!
The Dance Shanty is a public space constructed on a frozen lake where the boundaries between artist and observer are pushed, blurred, flipped, popped and locked in the pursuit of positive personal and communal transformation.
Upon entering, visitors are invited through nuance, gesture and unscripted crowd dynamics to become a part of the performance. The transformation is complete when the spectator lowers their inhibitions and need for a structured art experience and becomes a participant.
Q: Why don’t you guys have a mirror ball?
A: It’s a great idea, and we’ve considered it. The real reason we don’t have one is so that every person who suggests it can feel like they’re part of the art!
Q: How many people have you ever fit it the shanty at once?
A: Over 50 and counting…
Q: How is your shanty heated?
A: Please see the previous question.
Q: Cool! But, what is this?
A: The Dance Shanty is an artistic project that was part of the Art Shanty Projects in 2009 and 2010 in Minneapolis, MN.