“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.
Formed in Fall Creek, Wisconsin by Justin Vernon, Bon Iver has achieved worldwide acclaim since the
release 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 on September 30, 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
US and Europe.
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 15-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 “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 recently named as “Best Dance
Company of 2016” by Star Tribune.