An unrelentingly exciting meeting of the artistic minds… and bodies.
— Pioneer Press
As the two art forms connect to each other, they become an exponentially more powerful force.
— Star Tribune
An evening-length commission more aptly described as a ‘sensory experience’ than simply a dance or rock concert.
— City Pages
Transcendent and deeply felt, a gripping blend of contemporary dance and music.
— The Current

 

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“Electrifying” (City Pages) contemporary dance troupe TU Dance, known for navigating complex themes of social change “with variety and innovation” (Star Tribune) and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, whose “rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge” (Pitchfork) and “hyper-modern balladeering” (The Guardian) has garnered Grammy Awards and significant international acclaim, come together in an unprecedented collaboration of local powerhouses. Workshopped at MASS MoCA and premiered at the Palace Theatre in the Spring of 2018 as part of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, this evening-length commission features new music from Vernon as well as new choreography from TU Dance’s “incredible polyrhythmic genius” (Star Tribune) Uri Sands.

 

Come Through was commissioned and produced by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series for its April 2018 world premiere, with additional project support from The City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program and the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge - Saint Paul.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BON IVER

Formed in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, by Justin Vernon, Bon Iver has achieved worldwide acclaim since therelease of the band’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007. The debut generated word-of-mouth buzz and praise from critics and fans alike. After assembling a talented touring band and traveling across the world, Bon Iver released its highly anticipated 2011 follow-up album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Met with further critical acclaim, the release netted the songwriter Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist. After a hiatus in which Vernon collaborated with countless artists and toured with his own Volcano Choir, Bon Iver returned to the stage at Vernon’s Eaux Claires Music Festival, later announcing the project’s third album, 22, A Million, released in September 2016. Further touring in 2017 and 2018 has found Bon Iver collaborating and touring with various musicians in both familiar and new venues in the United States and Europe.

 

TU DANCE

Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and for performances that are engaging, dynamic, and generous. Modern dance, classical ballet, African-based, and urban vernacular movements are combined in inventive and unpredictable ways to provide opportunities to experience the connective power of dance.

In its 14-year history, TU Dance has consistently performed to enthusiastic and sold-out audiences, including the 1,900-seat Ordway Performing Arts Center in Saint Paul. The company has also enjoyed local and national recognition, including Star Tribune’s Artists of the Year, the inaugural Princess Grace Award in Choreography, DANCE Magazine’s 2018 “25 to Watch,” City Pages 2011 Artists of the Year,“Best Dance Company 2014” by Minnesota Monthly, and multiple SAGE Awards for outstanding performance. TU Dance was awarded the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative and was recentlynamed as “Best Dance Company of 2016” by the Star Tribune.

2011 saw the opening of TU Dance Center, realizing a vital part of Toni and Uri’s vision to establish awelcoming hub for rehearsals, dance education, and training in Saint Paul. Now in its seventh year, TU Dance Center offers year-round educational programming for dance students of various ages and levels of experience.

For more information about TU Dance visit www.tudance.org.

 

VISUAL ART TEAM: AARON ANDERSON AND ERIC CARLSON

For over a decade, Aaron Anderson and Eric Carlson have been producing collaborative works, events, and exhibitions. They currently maintain a multidisciplinary studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Carlson (b. 1984) is an interdisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, working with collections of semiotic content generated through processes of drawing, image/object collection, and assemblage. Since 2006, he has maintained a diverse exhibition history exhibiting at both art institutions and DIY spaces; a self-publishing practice producing zines and artists’ books; and an independent design studio working with artists and musicians. Anderson (b. 1981) is from South Dakota, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. His interests include poetry, education, light antagonism and participation mystique.

LIGHTING DESIGNER: CAROLYN WONG

is a lighting designer whose recent work includes One Thousand Nights and One Day (Prospect Theater Company/ ARTNY), Une Autre Passion (Le Ballet du Grande Théâtre de Genève) Bullets Over Broadway (1st National Tour), Rockin’ Road to Dublin (National Tour), Summer’s Winter Shadow (Ballet of Monte Carlo, Pontus Lidberg).  Her history includes touring with Shen Wei Dance Arts, the Parsons Dance Company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, LeeSaar/The Company, LA Dance Project, Rosy Simas Danse, Rebecca Lazier, Jessica Lang, and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.  She is an alumna of Oberlin College, and a native of San Francisco. This is her 11th season with TU Dance. The lighting designer of Come Through is represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE.

COSTUME DESIGNER: ZINDA WILLIAMS

has been designing for dance since 1983, starting her career as the in-house costume designer for Garth Fagan Dance. After leaving Rochester, NY in 1996, she returned to her hometown of New York City where she toured with Alvin Ailey, while continuing to design for dance with the likes of Carmen de Lavallade, Hope Boykin and Philadanco. She’s also collaborated with Wunmi Olaiya and Geoffrey Holder for works with Ron Brown Evidence and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Ms. Williams was recently commissioned by Garth Fagan to design his latest work Estrogen Genius, which made its world premiere at The Joyce Theatre in November 2017. In the world of theatre, Zinda Williams designed her first play Infertility, The Musical That’s Hard To Conceive in 2004. She has also designed costumes for performance artist Maria Magdalena Campos Pons for her works, Celebrating Carrie Mae Weems (2014) and Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture (2016). The costume for Identify is being considered for inclusion in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Already a part of the permanent collection of the

National Museum of African American History and Culture is the cape for The Wiz, which Ms. Williams constructed.