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Northrop Dance downtown
The new season features leading dance companies, from Scotland to China
Northrop Dance 2011-12 moves to the Historic Theatre District of Minneapolis during construction of a revitalized Northrop auditorium. The season features six of the world’s leading dance companies, from the United States, China, France, Canada, and the UK.
A few highlights
The season opens in October with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterwork, Song of the Earth, set to music by Mahler and performed by Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s top classical ballet company.
In November the Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs the U.S. premiere of Wonderland, turning the surreal and dark elements of Lewis Carroll’s classic story into explosive passages of dance and multimedia.
Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai arrives in February with Shanghai Tango. Though not actually a tango, the piece evokes the energy and diversity of contemporary Shanghai. Jin Xing—ballerina, modern dancer, choreographer and actress from the People's Republic of China—is one of the first transgender women officially recognized by the Chinese government.
The season’s finale in May features the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under new artistic director Robert Battle, performing Revelations. The company’s signature work, Revelations tells the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom through a suite of dances set to spirituals and blues music.