Northrop dance season, without the Northrop

While the renovation of the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium continues, that hasn’t stopped the U of M from programming a full season of dance concerts.


“Political Mother” by Hofesh Shechter will come to the Orpheum Theater this November

Photo by Gabriele Zucca

Last night the Northrop team, headed by Director Ben Johnson, unveiled the 2012-2013 concert season, which includes performances in the State and Orpheum Theatres, Ted Mann Concert Hall and The O’Shaughnessy auditorium.

Highlights include performances by New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Grupo Corpo and Hofesh Shechter.

As part of the season the Northrop will present two radically different versions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, in conjunction with its 100th anniversary.

In addition the Northrop will co-present with St. Catherine University a series of dance performances that bring exemplary female artists to The O’Shaughnessy as part of its “Women of Substance” series. The collaboration will include workshops for high school girls with an emphasis on building self-esteem, confidence, and a healthy sense of community and self. Choreographers include Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Rosie Herrera, Bebe Miller and Minneapolis choreographer Emily Johnson.

This year the Northrop will also take over responsibility for the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers & Choreographers, and a concert presenting their work, titled “Solo.” This coming September the concert will present work from McKnight fellows from the past two years at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Renovation of the Northrop Auditorium is slated for completion in the spring of 2014.