Photo: Xavier Tavera

Photo: Xavier Tavera

All Hail the Queen

Celebrating the vagina.
Empowering womxn artists.
Creating challenging, humorous, research-driven dance.

*Note: This production will now be taking place inside the Goodale Theater on the first floor of the Cowles Center.

Movement Architecture’s All Hail the Queen examines the historically censored anatomies of womxn, specifically the voice and the vagina. A collaboration between Choreographer Deborah Jinza Thayer, Melissa Birch (Text), Composer Janika Vandervelde (Music), Amelia Biewald (Installation), and dancers Julia Davidson, Non Edwards, Erika Hansen, Christine Maginnis, Sharon Picasso, Eve Schulte, Erin Thompson, and Roxane Wallace, All Hail the Queen is a dance installation—an immersive, built environment-- through which the audience travels to experience shifting cultural, historical, and somatic perspectives on “the female body.” All Hail the Queen counters the devaluation and dismissal of womxn’s bodies with celebratory, artistic energy.

Deborah Jinza Thayer is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Performance Dates & Times:
WED October 10 @ 11am - child-friendly matinee; pay-as-able
FRI October 12  @ 8pm
SAT October 13 @ 8pm
SUN October 14 @ 1pm - pay-as-able show
SUN October 14 @ 5:30pm

General Admission: $29
**Two Pay-As-Able Performances: Wednesday, Oct 10 and Sunday, Oct 14 at 1pm

Seating is General Admission and this is a “toured” performance. The audience will be guided through the lobby and stage space of the Illusion Theater, sometimes sitting to watch the performance and other times traveling with the performers. In addition to the accessibility of the space, we will have individuals guiding the audience through these spaces and will do our best to accommodate the needs of every audience member (including the time needed to move from one space to the next, adequate lighting/markings on stairs, additional seating, use of ramps where possible).

Any questions, needs, or accommodations are welcomed and can be addressed to

Movement Architecture (MA) is a contemporary dance company whose mission is to create, educate and heal through movement. Convening under the artistic direction of somatic movement educator and choreographer Deborah Jinza Thayer, MA constructs environments as a way to probe one’s internal world, presenting dance alongside large abstract props and visual installations. The dancers navigate these altered metaphorical spaces in the same way that we, as individuals, navigate our own mental models. By rendering these models visible and concrete on stage, MA’s audience is immersed inside of a structured environment. In this way, MA inspires awareness of, and reflection on, how we physically interpret and express being in the world.

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