Impossible Salt
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About Us

 

Impossible Salt tells stories to make us thirst for the truth behind the fantastical. IS is a women-led ensemble of musical storytellers inspired by varied folk traditions. This diverse company weaves together improvisation, clowning, and classical, original, and folk music to create a bold and subtle new theatrical language. Impossible Salt productions are peopled with unexpected and unforgettable characters, embodied by performers who defy gender, racial, and body type standards. Words, sets, props, and costumes are artfully designed and sparingly used. This fiercely talented ensemble digs deep into their voices, bodies, and imaginations to create gentle, beautiful, rare new work.

 

Impossible Salt was founded in 2014 by Emilia Seay Allen & Parker Anderson-Genné, both trained opera singers who yearned for a more organic, accessible, authentic, and magical way to tell stories through music. IS has created five original productions to date: TATTERHOOD, HEARTLESS, THE STRANGER for the American Swedish Institute, THE PROTECTOR OF OSMIR, and THE WISHING SKIN for the MacPhail Center for Music Spotlight Series, along with numerous storytelling and pop-up performances and teaching residencies, including with the American Swedish Institute, the Festival of Nations, and Minneapolis Music Co.'s Children's Performance Lab.

 

Since its inception, Impossible Salt has maintained a partnership with Swedish folk singer Josefina Östling. Josefina studied at Malungs Folkhögskola with acclaimed folk teacher Maria Röjås, learning and sharing ancient songs as a part of a fading oral tradition. Impossible Salt, in turn, incorporates these old songs into their stories, continuing the oral tradition, adding new interpretations, and sharing these songs with new audiences.

 

Impossible Salt’s 2015 production, THE STRANGER, produced with American Swedish Institute, was listed as one of MPR’s 12 Holiday Arts Must-Sees, featured in City Pages in November 2015, listed in L’etoile’s Weekend What’s What, and on WCCO’s Wander, MN.

 

In 2014’s production of TATTERHOOD at the MN Fringe Festival, the Star Tribune called lead performer Parker Anderson-Genné, “feral in the title role […] in this wildly imaginative production.”

 
 

Impossible Salt tells stories to make us thirst for the truth behind the fantastical. IS is a women-led ensemble of musical storytellers inspired by varied folk traditions. This diverse company weaves together improvisation, clowning, and classical, original, and folk music to create a bold and subtle new theatrical language. Impossible Salt productions are peopled with unexpected and unforgettable characters, embodied by performers who defy gender, racial, and body type standards. Words, sets, props, and costumes are artfully designed and sparingly used. This fiercely talented ensemble digs deep into their voices, bodies, and imaginations to create gentle, beautiful, rare new work.

Impossible Salt was founded in 2014 by Emilia Seay Allen & Parker Anderson-Genné, both trained opera singers who yearned for a more organic, accessible, authentic, and magical way to tell stories through music. IS has created five original productions to date: TATTERHOOD, HEARTLESS, THE STRANGER for the American Swedish Institute, THE PROTECTOR OF OSMIR, and THE WISHING SKIN for the MacPhail Center for Music Spotlight Series, along with numerous storytelling and pop-up performances and teaching residencies, including with the American Swedish Institute, the Festival of Nations, and Minneapolis Music Co.'s Children's Performance Lab.

Since its inception, Impossible Salt has maintained a partnership with Swedish folk singer Josefina Östling. Josefina studied at Malungs Folkhögskola with acclaimed folk teacher Maria Röjås, learning and sharing ancient songs as a part of a fading oral tradition. Impossible Salt, in turn, incorporates these old songs into their stories, continuing the oral tradition, adding new interpretations, and sharing these songs with new audiences.

Impossible Salt’s 2015 production, THE STRANGER, produced with American Swedish Institute, was listed as one of MPR’s 12 Holiday Arts Must-Sees, featured in City Pages in November 2015, listed in L’etoile’s Weekend What’s What, and on WCCO’s Wander, MN.

In 2014’s production of TATTERHOOD at the MN Fringe Festival, the Star Tribune called lead performer Parker Anderson-Genné, “feral in the title role […] in this wildly imaginative production.”

 
 
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