Bryant Lake Bowl

810 W. Lake St., Mpls Open 8 am‑2am daily

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Waking the Bear: Finnish and Nordic Incantations for a New Season

Written and Performed by Lynette Reini-Grandell and Kari Tauring

A sacred animal in many northern cultures, the bear was ritually roused it from winter sleep, killed, and returned to its mythic origins in the stars.  Drawing from immigrant stories and shamanistic magic songs like those in The Kalevala, “Waking the Bear” is a meditation on this through poetry and song.

The poems are part of Lynette Reini-Grandell’s larger project exploring her Finnish heritage.  Nordic roots performance artist and musician Kari Tauring will add runes, staff rhythm, and movement to the performance.  She also will contribute pieces about the mystical bear from her newest recording, "Nykken and Bear" (2013).  The two have been working together for 4 years in regular performances at Merlin’s Rest in Minneapolis.

 The Artists:

Lynette Reini-Grandell’s first collection of poetry, Approaching the Gate, will be published by Holy Cow! Press in October of 2014.  Her work has appeared in It’s Animal but Merciful,, Poetry Motel, The River Muse and Evergreen Chronicles.  She is the recipient of grants from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.  She won a 2010 What Light Poetry award and the 2003 SASE/Ache prize for fiction.  She teaches English at Normandale Community College and co-hosts “Write on Radio” on KFAI, interviewing local and national writers about their work.

Kari Tauring is a völva (Old Norse for staff carrier), sharing her ethnic heritage in Minnesota and abroad through performances and workshops in Völva Stav, Nordic song and dance, and runes. A practitioner of pre-Christian Nordic spirituality, music and dance for more than 25 years, Tauring's art is steeped in nature spirituality and ancestor honoring. She was a Season One contestant on Norway’s award winning reality show, Alt for Norge.  The recipient of a 2011-2012 Minnesota State Arts Board grant in Folk and Traditional Arts, Tauring is the author of The Runes: A Human Journey (and its accompanying iPod App) and The Völva Stav Manual. She has released three Nordic roots recordings. 

Past performances

Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 pm

performance / music


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available throughout the performance