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.
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.
Yesterday on the Daily Circuit host Kerri Miller interviewed Mary Bly, who has penned a memoir of her year in Paris under the pseudonym Eloisa James.
MPR Photo/Stephanie Curtis
Bly, the daughter of poet Robert Bly and writer Carol Bly, says while she had other plans for her time in Paris, she ended up writing the memoir in part because she wanted to capture those fleeting, precious moments
It was a year in which I thought a great deal about memory, and about what we lose as our memories go. I was thinking about my family, and losing my mother. So I wanted to capture the year...
When asked about the current health of her father, who suffers from Alzheimer's, Bly responded:
You know he's very happy. So... not very happy but he's happy. So I'm very grateful that he's not experienced the personality changes that sometimes accompany that sort of loss. But it's sad, it's very very hard for someone whose life is made up of looking at a tree and turning it into a poem - so your whole life flows by you in words - to not be able to manipulate words is a terrible thing.
For a good part of my childhood my dad was working on short prose poetry. And he used to make us - the children had to do it along with him! Our dinners were often made up of impromptu poetry readings. So in a way this was my tribute year to him, too, because that's the kind of writing he did when I was growing up. He worked very hard on very small sets of words.
...My stepmother was talking about watching a video of him - and he sparked with ideas all the time - and he hasn't lost his sense of humor so he said "I like that guy!" And then he said "I wish I knew him." So it was very hard for my step-mother in that moment. But he's both recognizing what's happening - his sense of humor is not gone at all - and acknowledging that life has different phases.