february, 2017

28feb7:30 pm9:30 pmNorthrop Presents: Bereishit Dance Company


Event Details

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Northrop Presents Bereishit Dance Company
2016//17 Northrop Season

The Seoul-based company performs two works in its Northrop debut
Minneapolis, MN (Jan 12, 2017) – From Seoul, South Korea, Bereishit Dance Company makes its Twin Cities debut with an evening of works that fuse both traditional Korean movement styles with contemporary street-dance, accompanied by live music on stage.

Northrop Presents
Bereishit Dance Company
Tue, Feb 28, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage

Balance and Imbalance

With live music on stage

Choreographer and artistic director Soon-ho Park brings Bereishit Dance Company to the Northrop stage on Tuesday, February 28. Founded in 2000, the company combines traditional Korean culture with contemporary dance styles, clearly distinguishing itself from other hip hop-contemporary dance troupes. The term “Bereishit” is an ancient Hebrew word meaning “at the beginning” (or “in the beginning”) and “at the time of creation.”

Park’s choreographic foundation—which combines martial arts, hip-hop, traditional Korean dance, movement technique of contact improvisation, and traditional Korean sound and musical instruments-breaks the boundaries between tradition and modernity, western and oriental, sports and dance.

Opening the evening is the athletic BOW, which pays tribute to the historically significant art of Korean archery. The piece is a rigorous male duet celebrating clean lines and the power of the revered activity, blurring the boundaries between sport, art, and meditation. Soon-ho Park describes the piece-and the sport of archery—as “both an exercise tool and a self-reflection tool.”

Balance and Imbalance, the second piece of the evening, draws its inspiration from hip-hop, judo, and Japanese martial art. This work is based on “人”, the Chinese character for “person.” The character depicts two people leaning against each other and the harmony and imbalance that we all experience in human relationships. A live Korean pansori singer and two janggu drummers accompany the intensely physical piece on stage.

A sneak peek of the evening’s performance can be found here.

Single tickets: $50, $40, $30

Season packages: Offer deeper discounts, best seats, and subscriber perks. More information and ordering are available here or by calling 612-624-2345.

New discounts this year!

$30 Under 30: Guests aged 18-30 can purchase up to two $30 tickets to any 2016//17 Northrop Season performance 30 days prior to the show date.Each ticket comes with a drink ticket redeemable at Surdyk’s Café or concessions and is good for any beverage up to $8 in value.

Tickets can be purchased in person, by phone, or online, and can be picked up at Will Call the night of the show. Bring a guest of any age, but the person buying the tickets must be 30 or under.

Northrop 2016//17 Discover Pack: The newest, the brightest, and the best in contemporary dance. Northrop’s new Discover Pack brings guests three ground-breaking companies making their Twin Cities debuts with unique, diverse, and unforgettable performances.

The Discover Pack is available January 28 and includes tickets to Bereishit Dance Company (Feb 28), Kidd Pivot/Electric Company Theatre (Mar 21 & 22), and Brian Brooks (Apr 22) for only $75.

Group sales: Groups of 10+ save 15 – 25% off original ticket prices. To purchase tickets as a group, email nropgrps@umn.edu or call Bridget Reddan at 612-625-1578.

Discounted Rush Tickets
$10 for U of M Students
$20 U of M Faculty/Staff, students/educators from other schools

Rush tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in-person at the Northrop box offices beginning at 10:00 am the morning of the performance. Receive two discounted tickets per qualifying person with appropriate I.D. Rush tickets are based on availability.


Northrop Presents
Film Screening: Jeong and Han: Korean Dance Double Feature
Tue, Feb 21, 6:30 pm
Best Buy Theater
Free and open to the public

Diversity of Korean Dance visually explores the connection between traditional Korean dances and the vibrant state of contemporary dance in modern Korea. This film, produced for an international dance showcase, will be followed by The Wonders of Korea, exploring the importance of movement and dance to the very soul of the Korean people and their culture from its earliest traditions to the current K-POP revolution.

Northrop Presents
Bereishit Dance Company Performance Preview
Tue, Feb 28, 6:15 pm
Best Buy Theater
Free and open to the public

Gain insight into the performance at an in-depth conversation with members of the company’s artistic team.


Northrop is an epicenter of discovery and transformation that connects the University of Minnesota and communities beyond by celebrating innovation in the arts, performance, and academics.

Artists and programs subject to change.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Press photos can be found here.

Media Contact: Cari Hatcher
612-625-6003 (W)
763-442-1756 (C)


(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455


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