Clockwise, top left: Berlin (photo by Frederik Buyckx); Kaneza Schaal (photo by Christopher Myers); Pekka Kuusisto (photo by Kappo Kamu); Lola Arias (photo by Tristam Kenton)


Out There 2019: Transnational/Transdisciplinary

Jan. 10
5 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from Jan. 11-12
8 p.m.
Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 17-19
1 p.m.
Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 24-26
8 p.m.
Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 31-Feb. 2
8 p.m.
Festivals, Performance Art, Theater

To shock you out of a seasonal depression, there’s nothing better than some wonderfully weird art, especially the kind that generates a mental workout. That’s what the Walker Art Center’s been bringing to Minneapolis for over three decades now with Out There: an annual monthlong festival of adventurous performance art from around the world. The event’s international aspect is particularly salient this year, as curator Philip Bither assembles five transnational groups presenting work that responds to life-changing events like nuclear accidents (Berlin’s Zvizdal, about an elderly couple who refuse to leave Chernobyl) and war (Lola Arias’ Minefield, with veterans from both sides of the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas War revisiting the conflict). Rabih Mroué, a Lebanese artist familiar to Out There regulars, opens this year’s festival with a world-premiere performance, Borborygmus, coinciding with the opening of his first U.S.-based gallery installation. In JACK &, Kaneza Schaal and her collaborators explore the toll of prison time and the complicated feelings that accompany release. Showtimes vary, check online at to reserve a seat.