The Northfield Experience
Performances- May 4, 5, 6, 2018
St. Olaf College and Carleton College
With support from the Northfield City Council and following institutions:
The Northfield Experience was an immersive experience that included ten different works of media/visual arts, theater, dance and music. The aim was for audiences to experience their previously known town with new “eyes” and be immersed in different art forms, each medium specifically selected for the themes and spaces they inhabit. Audience members for each performance were divided up into "tour groups" and traveled through the town by foot and by bus to experience all of the works. Everyone started at the Grand Theater (for the video installations and the theater work A Special Place and regrouped for the finale, The Beginning which took place at the Northfield cemetery.
The inspiration for The Northfield Experience, was born out St. Olaf and Carleton College desire to collaborate on the creation of a site-specific performance event. When I made my first visit to both campuses, it was clear that the site they share, is not their campuses, but the town of Northfield whose town center is located directly between these two historic institutions. Creating a work, an event that would not only bring the two colleges closer together but also bring the community of Northfield into their vision for collaboration was part of my vision. The Northfield Experience, a true site-specific work of performance, utilized the history and the architecture of Northfield as the themes and content of work. A collection of linked performances, all sited in Northfield, became a true civic collaboration between the two colleges and the city government and stakeholders of the city of Northfield.
I was most excited me to partner with an entire community, create new works of dance, theater and media all in collaboration with students, faculty and community members of both colleges and the city of Northfield.
The Northfield Experience had five sold out performances and was seen by close to 1,000 people.
Conception and Artistic Direction: Stephan Koplowitz
Lead Producer (St. Olaf) and Project Manager: Janice Roberts
Producer (Carleton): Steve Richardson
Production/Technical Manager: Todd F. Edwards
Assistant Production Manager: Ashley E. Stock
Costume Designer: Andrea M. Gross
Assistant Project Manager: Harrison Hintzsche
Experience Guides: Susan M. Carlson, Mary Moore Easter, Mishia Edwards, Rolf Ragseth, Marie Vogl-Gery and Susan Hvistendahl (Friday)
Costume Shop Managers: Aimee Jillson (St. Olaf) and Mary Ann Kelling (Carleton)
Video Documentation: Brittany Shrimpton (Producer), Stephan Koplowitz (director), Amelia Laughlin (editor), Jack Davis, Hunter Johnson (videography).
The Northfield Experience gratefully acknowledges the following sources of funding: NEA, MSAB and Northfield EDA, and SEMAC