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Northrop at University of Minnesota Announces 2014-15 Season

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Northrop at University of Minnesota Announces 2014-15 Season

Northrop at the University of Minnesota announces its 2014//15 Northrop Season, featuring two iconic modern dance companies, five international troupes, four evening length works, four world-class ballet companies, and one music performance. This will be the first full season back at Northrop after the revitalization. The new season reflects Northrop's 96-year tradition of presenting innovative and world-renowned artists, all of which will be presented by Northrop on the Carlson Family Stage, except for one copresented event at Walker Art Center.

The season launches with one of the world's most highly respected and sought-after ensembles, Paul Taylor Dance Company, performing Beloved Renegade and Piazzola Caldera (with live music for Piazzola Caldera). Next, copresented with and at Walker Art Center, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas returns to Minneapolis with Rosas Danst Rosas, a dance-theater masterpiece never before seen in the Midwest.

Making its Minneapolis debut, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal will showcase Closer, Night Box, and Harry. The internationally renowned Hong Kong Ballet will perform dramatic story ballet, Turandot. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform a sparkling sampling of Balanchine repertoire, including Swan Lake , Allegro Brillante, and The Concert. Internationally acclaimed troupe, Dance Theatre of Harlem, will inhabit the Northrop main-stage with an eclectic program of ballet. Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne/Compagnie Käfig will present an energetic combination of hip-hop, capoeira, samba, acrobatics, and bossa nova through Correria Agwa.

Known for experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release, Martha Graham Dance Company will present two evenings of work with individual programs. The masterwork Panorama, to be performed on opening night as part of Prelude and Revolt, will feature 24 University of Minnesota dance students as part of the extended Martha Graham Dance Company. The first night's program also includes Lamentation Variations and Maple Leaf Rag. The second evening of performance by Martha Graham Dance Company includes Errand into the Maze, Diversion of Angels, and Rite of Spring.

Closing the season, The Eifman Ballet will present evening length work Rodin, Boris Eifman's new theatrical ballet. Additionally, there are two special events for Northrop's 2014//15 season - The first is an evening of six world-premieres by the winners of 2012 and 2013 McKnight Dancer Fellowships. In late February, The Nile Project will present music of the plucked harp (lyre) and spiked fiddle, at the heart of the Nile's musical identity. The Nile Project is a cross-cultural initiative bringing together musicians from the Nile countries to perform around the world.


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