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Tradition enhanced

August 10, 2009


Dancers at Northrop Auditorium.

Series tickets are on sale through the Northrop Ticket Office, 612-624-2345, 105 Northrop, 84 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, northrop.umn.edu

Northrop's 2009-10 programming allows audiences to dig deeply into dance and music

Northrop's 2009–10 seasons for dance and music reflect its new, expanded mission to be "a place, a program, a philosophy, and an experience." Director of concerts and lectures Ben Johnson has included a broad selection of American and International ballet, and modern, folkloric, and contemporary dance, as well as jazz, classical, and indie art music.

Community partnerships and educational initiatives allow audiences to dig deeply into dance and music, and series packages and extended payment options have been designed to suit diverse preferences and budgets.

Dance

Northrop's 2009-10 dance season opens with Wayne McGregor—Random Dance. The UK's leading choreographer and dance theater innovator presents Entity, inspired by his collaborations with neuroscientists.

Following an exuberant tribute to its culture by long-time Northrop favorite Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet arrives with the world premiere of Moulin—The Ballet. Other highlights of the season are Martha Graham Dance Company's Clytemnestra; Suzanne Farrell Company's presentation of rarely seen George Balanchine works; Moscow Festival Ballet's performance of Coppélia; and the return of Pilobolus.

Another sensation from Britain, Akram Khan Company, joins forces with members of the National Ballet of China to explore a transient world lost in translation. And Saburo Teshigawara performs MIROKU, a solo piece of body transformations in a luminously lit box of evanescent light. Both productions are copresented by Northrop and Walker Art Center.

To close the season, Bessie Award–winner Nora Chipaumire performs a new piece with live music by Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, exploring the migrant experience through live music, dance, and projected video animation.

Music

Northrop's 2009–10 music season opens with Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core, a free jazz group out of the Bay Area. The show is copresented by the intimate Whole Music Club in Coffman Union.

In November, Northrop and Walker Art Center copresent the Dafnis Prieto Sextet, headed by the up-and-coming Cuban drummer himself. The season continues with one of the world's best choirs, the 32-member Swedish Radio Choir, performing contemporary, baroque, gospel, and folk a capella choral music. Premier violinist Regina Carter's Reverse Thread evokes the old and new to celebrate international identities. Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez and Friends bring the tribute project, Things to Come—21st Century Dizzy, with a globally diverse band of leading jazz musicians.

The season closes with a coproduction with the Southern Theater—The Happiness Project, a "concept" album with music composition by indie rocker Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene.

Throughout the year, Northrop will collaborate with the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Jazz is NOW! to produce special events for subscribers, donors, and guests to support the local jazz community.

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