Please see below for important health requirements related to attending this event at Northrop.
“What they created was unexpected and vulnerable, more illuminating than a display of perfect form: A group synergy born from social distancing. … What does it capture? The spirit of time.” —New York Times
With his hypnotic new work Afterwardsness, Tony Award–winning choreographer, director, and dancer Bill T. Jones presents a sage and emotional reflection on a devastating time. Performed by Jones’s entire company for an audience of 180 seated on the Northrop stage, the piece addresses the isolation and trauma of the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and ongoing violence against Black bodies. The poignancy of the movement is underpinned by a live musical landscape featuring a new vocal composition by Holland Andrews, a violin solo for George Floyd entitled Homage by Pauline Kim Harris, and excerpts from Olivier Messiaen’s harrowing wartime chamber composition Quartet for the End of Time.
This engagement continues the Walker and Northrop’s long-standing relationship with Jones, which includes multiple commissions, exhibitions, residencies, and presentations.
Copresented with Northrop. Originally produced and commissioned by Park Avenue Armory, New York.
Due to the program’s immersive onstage seating, there will be no late seating during the performance and no re-entry. This performance is approximately 65 minutes with no intermission.
Prior to the performance, a special soundscape created by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will be available for attendees on-site at Northrop. To encourage a quiet, solitary experience, attendees must bring their own earbuds or headphones to listen to the soundscape on a phone.
Posters with a QR code to the soundscape will be found in the lobby. Attendees with earbuds or headphones may listen to the soundscape on their phones in the lobby or in the theater before the performance starts. As an alternative experience, the soundscape will also be played in designated study lounges located close to the theater. Upon arrival, look for signage to direct you to these areas.
Postshow Artist Q&A: November 10
Following the performance on November 10, audiences have the option to stay for a Q&A with Bill T. Jones (artistic director), Janet Wong (associate artistic director), and Pauline Kim Harris (composer).
Find Out More: Tickets & Accessibility
Purchase tickets through the Northrop box office.
Prices include all applicable fees.
For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, please call Northrop at 612-624-2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request through Northrop.
Visit Northrop’s COVID-19 updates page for more information.
Please note, the University of Minnesota requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an acceptable face mask that is properly fitted to cover the wearer’s nose and mouth, wrap under the chin, and not have any noticeable gaps at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company has requested that audience members wear N95 masks which will be provided upon entry to the theater.
Staff and visitors attending in-person events at Northrop are asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the Stay Safe MN Health Screening Checklist. This checklist is included in the pre-event email and posted at venue entrances. Staff and visitors exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during their visit will be asked to leave the venue.