Sep 27-29, 2023
Ayodele Casel Rooted
Greetings, and welcome to Northrop! I’m delighted that you are joining us during the 2023-24 Northrop Season. In true Northrop fashion, this season brings a breadth of preeminent artists to the Twin Cities, offering audiences the chance to revisit long-time favorites, discover new gems, and even catch two world premieres of works that are part of the Northrop Centennial Commissions program. I hope you will explore everything we have to offer across dance, music, film, and this year’s Spotlight Series, Moving Through Injustice.
The performances that you see onstage are just one facet of each artist’s engagement with Northrop. In support of our mission to cultivate intersections between arts and education, there are a plethora of opportunities to dive more deeply into the artists and their work. Community roundtables, performance previews, workshops, classes, Q&A’s, and more offer insight into artists’ histories and processes, and give context surrounding the works you will see. Make sure to visit the “Learn More” section on each company’s event page on Northrop’s website to find interdisciplinary thematic connections, discover resources that provide more information on the performers, art forms, and artistic processes, and explore questions that will help engage you in conversations and reflections. Each of these elements are intended to complement and add new depth and dimension to the way you see the performances. I encourage you to visit the website now and often, as new engagements and resources are added throughout the year. While you’re there, explore the many other events happening at Northrop including concerts, lectures, comedy, and more!
Thank you again for joining us during the 2023-24 Northrop Season. I want to give a special thank you to our subscribers and donors. Your support is more important than ever before. Through your attendance and contributions, you help to ensure that Northrop can continue to bring world-class artists to the Twin Cities community. Thank you.
Greetings and welcome to Northrop,
We are thrilled, honored, and grateful that you are joining us for this performance. Northrop presents some of the greatest dance and music performers from all around the world and has been doing so for almost 100 years! We are happy that you are a part of our community who supports this amazing work and helps us achieve our belief that the arts are essential to the human experience. We are committed to cultivating intersections between performing arts and education for the benefit of all participants now and for generations to come.
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As Chair of the Northop Advisory Board, we are delighted to share that we are growing in our work to increase the impact of Northrop on the stage, in the schools, and in the community. If you are interested in learning more about being part of the Northrop Advisory Board, learn more here or contact Cynthia Betz, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for joining us and don’t forget to say “Hi” and introduce yourself when you are attending a performance. I can’t wait to meet you!
Northrop Advisory Board Chair
Duration: 85 minutes with no intermission
Choreography by Ayodele Casel
Improvisation by the Artists
Direction by Torya Beard
Stage Manager / Production Manager, Erin McCoy
Lighting Design by Alan Edwards
Sound Design Consultant, Patrick Middlebrook
Wardrobe Stylist, Brittney Griffin
Ayodele Casel. Photo © Tony Turner.
All artist headshots provided by the company.
Alan Edwards (Lighting Designer) Work includes the world premieres of Harry Clarke (The Vineyard, Lortel Award), Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theatre, Drama Desk nomination), and The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall (Signature NYC, 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Other New York work includes: Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, and Fires in the Mirror (Signature NYC); Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Bluebird Memories featuring rap artist Common (Audible Theatre); and Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge by Greig Sargeant, and Elevator Repair Service (The Public). His work in dance includes: Where We Dwell and Chasing Magic by Ayodele Casel; Rhythm Is Life by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards; and Lived, choreographed by Christopher Rudd for American Ballet Theatre. On Broadway, Edwards was the associate to lighting designer Jennifer Tipton on The Testament of Mary. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he is also an assistant professor of lighting. alancedwards.com.
Erin Mccoy (Stage Manager/Production Manager) Dance: Ayodele Casel Artists At The Center, Fall for Dance (New York City Center); Chasing Magic (The Joyce Theater & Spoleto Festival). Broadway/National Tour: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Hamilton. Off-Broadway: Ain’t No Mo, #BARS, Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder, Buzzer, Fidelis (Public Theater), Twelfth Night (Public Works), The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest (Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park), Sugar In Our Wounds (MTC). Lincoln Center Directing Labs, Lincoln Center Theater. Invisible Thread, Second Stage Theater. Regional: The Folks at Home, Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage); Moby-Dick (American Repertory Theater); Appropriate (Westport Country Playhouse). Thrilled to be part of this company!
Patrick Middlebrook (Sound Design Consultant) Middlebrook is very excited to be joining the Rooted team after working on the Chasing Magic show! His credits include venue audio engineer for Spoleto Music Festival, audio engineer for Impact Dance, and other stagehand work with his local community of Fort Collins, Colorado.
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