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Bon Iver & TU Dance bringing ‘Come Through’ to NYC & Houston

Bonnaroo 2018 - Saturday
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2018 (more by Kate Cauthen)

Last year, Bon Iver teamed with dance company TU Dance for some unique shows called Come Through, commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music, that included new material. They’re now bringing that show to NYC for the first time on December 4 and 5 at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/19) at 10 AM. It also comes to Houston’s Jones Hall on February 20 and 21.

For an idea of what to expect, here’s an excerpt of The Current‘s review of Come Through:

The night kicks off with a prelude not unlike “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” from 22, A Million, and any doubts about the artists’ compatibility vanish. The pounding of the music is met with raised arms and pumping chests from the dancers, filling their bodies with Uri Sands’s complex, fluid, and rhythmically demanding choreography.

What follows are a series of vignettes — or are they movements? — that seem to guard their connections to one another. A ballet this is not. For 75 minutes, the original music and movement are inexorably tied to each other. Even when the piece is tapered down to a single body, or when Bon Iver are left to their own devices up on their perch, the cohesion is as astounding as it is confounding.

At times, you can hear the hum of the HVAC; the crack of Bates’ snare drum emanating from the actual source rather than the PA; arms hitting legs and the dancers’ heavy breathing. Barely anyone coughs.

The music — it grooves, more than anything in Bon Iver’s catalog, while still feeling like a natural evolution from 22, A Million. The band has stripped down to something more like a jazz combo then their usual sprawling set-up, with Burton and Bates laying down expert-level beats that for Vernon and Lewis to fill in with Auto-Tune, synth textures, and trap samples.

Come Through is as much a feat of stagecraft as it is anything else. Whether it’s military marches, time-lapses of blooming fungi, or the static image of a black hoodie, the shamelessly glitchy projections by Eric Timothy Carlson and Aaron Anderson, who also created the equally esoteric lyric videos for 22, A Million, offer no easy resolutions while overwhelming the entire stage. (Rounding out the design team are TU Dance regulars Carolyn Wong, whose lighting design glides between stark and subtle, and Zinda Williams, who balances contemporary dance costumes with the urgency of street clothes.)

You can also watch some videos of Come Through below.

Other upcoming Bon Iver tour dates here.

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