Off-Leash Area’s new community program, Off-Kilter, is designed to highlight and support artists with disabilities. Our inaugural project is the Off-Kilter Cabaret, for which seven artists or artist groups will be selected by a panel of leaders in the disability community to perform their works. The theme of this year’s Cabaret is “Organ Recital," which we hope will provoke artists to propose risky, unapologetic, and entertaining performances using their body organs and systems as inspiration.
The Off-Kilter Advisory Group and Selection Panel are: writer and storyteller Amy Salloway, arts accessibility consultant Jon Skaalen, dance artist Mike Cohn, host of the Disability and Progress program on KFAI Sam Jasmine, and Off-Leash Area co-artistic directors Paul Herwig and Jennifer Ilse.
The Off-Kilter Cabaret will be presented in the outdoor rail court at the Mill City Museum. Locally known as the site of the Mill City Farmers’ Market, Off-Leash Area will construct an accessible elevated stage with full lighting, sound, and projection capability, and retain the steampunk vibe of the reclaimed industrial site. We will require physically distanced seating, masks, and other protocols using CDC and state COVID guidelines at the time of the performances as the minimum baseline for requirements.
The Inaugural Off-Kilter Cabaret: Organ Recital
August 19 and 20 at 7:30pm
August 22 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Mill City Museum - Outdoor Rail Court
Call for Proposals Available now!
Deadline to Submit an Application - June 14
Artist Proposals: We are looking for live performances, 5-10 minutes in length, original and unique, challenging and provoking. The inaugural Off-Kilter Cabaret theme is “Organ Recital”. To prospective artists submitting proposals, we want you to consider the following:
How are the components of our bodies asking to be heard, seen, felt, or understood. If an organ in your body was the subject of, or impetus to create a performance work, which organ would it be? Why? How does that bodily organ limit or expand your awareness of self, others, and/or the world? Are there components of your body that refuse to work in harmony with each other? With society? With your expectations? How would you describe or characterize the relationship between your internal and external self? Do they work together? Are they at war?
These are just some of the thoughts we suggest for being inspired and provoked by the theme of “Organ Recital”. You may have your own – go ahead, surprise and challenge us in your proposal.
The Call for Proposal Form is now available for download below!
Applications due by June 14.
Please send your application in a word document or pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to contact us with any questions or accessibility needs.
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.