Last week, Shanren explored Bemidji and northern Minnesota while sharing their incredible music and culture through a variety of residency activities. Road manager Shigeyo Henriquez shares photos and stories from their week in Minnesota.
From January 18–24, Shanren visited communities in Northwest Wisconsin, including Rice Lake, Cumberland, Barron, and Shell Lake. The ensemble hosted school and community workshops and drew laughs and eager participants at every stop.
Shanren road manager Shigeyo Henriquez took photos throughout their week in Wisconsin.
Shanren spent last week in Orange City, Iowa performing in schools, coffee houses, at the University, and in the community library. It was a varied and fun week for the group just as we hope it was for the community.
Shanren road manager Shigeyo Henriquez took a number of photos that give you a feel for the week.
What’s that old postal creed? “Neither rain nor snow nor…” Shanren, an Arts Midwest World Fest ensemble from Yunnan Province in China, appears to have what it takes to be postal carriers.
Most of the group traveled from Beijing to Minneapolis via Chicago on January 8. Falling snow tied O’Hare Airport into a knot that evening. The tram stopped working, buses brought on-line to take over for the tram were completely jammed and taxis were full as well.
Shanren recently completed a tour with Arts Midwest World Fest. They have since returned to their home in China, but the ensemble really left a lasting impression on the Midwest! The next few blog posts will be all about the communities Shanren visited here on their tour. We hope you enjoy learning about their journey.
By Emily Anderson. Photos by Dean Yohnk and Doug Edwardsen.
Rice Lake, Cumberland, Shell Lake, and Barron gave Paulo Padilha and Group a warm welcome to Northwestern Wisconsin this week. Big thanks to University of Wisconsin Barron County for their work in creating partnerships that have made Arts Midwest World Fest a success in Wisconsin.