SHIFT~ performance downtown Sept. 10 | Arts & Entertainment | – Winona Post

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Sharon Mansur is thrilled to again be curating SHIFT~ performance salons this year in Keoxa/ Winona, Dakota land. Join artists StuffStudio and Sydney Swanson for ShiftCircle, an immersive performance with accessible collaboration that asks, what if art and performance wasn’t meant to only be consumed in its finished state? What if the art-making is the art? Art-making through collaboration is the interaction between our intentions, our environment, and what is accessible to us. Art as a finished product is often the beginning of a goodbye. This collaborative performance will allow us to linger in “the hello” for a while, together.
The second salon in this series will start online with an invitation to participate through prompts on their ShiftCircle Facebook page,, throughout the week of September 5-11, 2021. Join them for a free, closing event on Friday, September 10, at 5 p.m., either in person during Winona Main Street’s Dine Out Downtown, in front of ORNO Gift + Home at 78 East Third Street, or online via Zoom depending on COVID-19 advisories. For Zoom details, check and
In keeping with Dine Out Downtown’s guidelines, if you are vaccinated and comfortable without a mask, that’s fine. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Bringing your own lawn chair is recommended for the in person SHIFT~ event. For audience accommodation requests please contact:
After they linger in the hello, StuffStudio and Sydney will create a goodbye offering online. Look for this in early November; more info to follow.
The next salon in the series is will be SHIFT~ with Sarah Johnson & Marcia Ratliff on October 24, 2021, time and location to be determined.
StuffStudio (he and she) knows art is valuable and should always be accessible. Art is power, wisdom, and storytelling. Art has form, can be formless, is real and unreal, light hearted, heavy-hitting, soft spoken, delightful and enraged. Stuff is a human making art, making music, making movement and making experiences. “My recipe for life is loaded with and’s. My recipe for life includes wide open spaces, a cacophony of options,” StuffStudio said.
Sydney Swanson (she/her) is a dancer, photographer, dance filmmaker, and healing arts practitioner recently relocated to Rochester, Minn. Winona had been her home for nearly half her life and the river town and its inhabitants continue to shape her consciousness and inspire her. In the last year and a half she has been redefining her relationship to art and healing arts and is curious how the two intersect, inform, and support each other. She is grateful for the many connections she has made and looks forward to the unfolding of these connections in her life. More information at “SHIFT~ has expanded my ideas around art and art-making since its inception,” Sydney Swanson said. “I’m looking forward to experimenting and engaging while collaborating with StuffStudio.”
Sharon Mansur (she/her) is a SWANA/Arab American dance and interdisciplinary experimental artist, educator, curator, and community mover and shaker based in Keoxa/Winona. She loves creating artistic opportunities for people to connect and engage. Sharon is currently the director of The Cedar Tree Project, amplifying regional, national and international creative voices from the SWANA/Arab diaspora, and curator of SHIFT~ performance salons. She also teaches dance at St. Mary’s University. More information at
Sharon Mansur is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for this project is being provided by the Winona Main Street Program and Art of the Rural. More information at and
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