Performance Previews have always been a unique additional engagement opportunity for Northrop Dance patrons. This year, we're launching a brand new and improved Performance Preview series that will blow you away. Here are 5 reasons to add them to your evening plans:
1.) Carl Flink and Emily Plauché Flink. We're thrilled to announce that Carl and Emily will lead our entire 2011-12 Performance Preview series with their hands-on knowledge and expertise of dance. The recognized and award-winning husband-and-wife duo has a long list of dance and choreography experience, and will provide pointed and insightful discussion points to aid the conversation. Carl is also the Chair and Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance with the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Both founded Black Label Movement, have been awarded the prestigious McKnight Choreographer and Dancer Fellowships, and have danced with the Limón Dance Company, as well as Donald McKayle, Phyllis Lamhut, and Garth Fagan.
2.) Meet the Artists. Performance Previews exist to give you a VIP entrance into the performances you love, and to see what goes on behind the stage and in the minds of the dancers, choreographers, and artistic staff. It also gives you the chance to directly interact with these people on a level hard to find anywhere else.
3.) Simplicity of location. Solera is right next door to the Orpheum Theatre, making it easy and convenient. You'll only have to park once, and once the preview is finished, you can simply walk next door in plenty of time for the show. Normally, our Performance Previews filled up quickly, with little space for standing room. Now we have plenty of room and high-top tables for comfortable sitting and standing.
4.) Drinks and light snacks for purchase. Along with the ease of Solera's location, there will also be the bonus of drinks and light snacks available for purchase to tide you over until the show. Solera's Preview menu will be available starting 30 minutes prior to the start of the Performance Preview time, so come early, eat, drink, relax, and then be engaged.
5.) Extended time. In the past, we've held Performance Previews for 30 minutes, which never felt like enough! This year we're giving you a full 45 minutes to explore and converse about the art you love.
We look forward to seeing you there!
-Melissa Wray, Marketing & Communications Associate