St. Olaf College and Carleton College are joining forces with award-winning site artist and director Stephan Koplowitz to produce The Northfield Experience―a site-specific, immersive performance event that uses the town of Northfield as its canvas and inspiration. Our 1888 Northfield depot is one of seven sites where performances will be held, and dancers have had several rehearsals at the depot this week. It is exciting to have the first of what we expect to be many community events at the depot complex.
Audiences will experience a series of interlaced performances of theater, dance, visual installations, and digital media during The Northfield Experience. The collaborative event―inspired by the spirit of history and architecture, thriving industry and scholarship, as well as the people of Northfield―features more than 200 performers from both colleges and the greater community. The Northfield Experience will be a unique, one of a kind performance event and an experience not to be missed!
This event involves the audience taking part in a progressive walking tour that begins at The Grand Event Center at 316 Washington Street. Audience members walk with guides to the following performance locations; one or two sites will have shuttles available.
- The Grand
- Northfield Public Library
- Northfield depot
- Northfield Historical Society
- Hvistendahl & Partners “Bank Building”
- Northfield Arts Guild Theater
- Northfield Cemetery
Before or after the tour, the public is welcome to visit the exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild that contains commissioned art works from 30 area artists specifically for The Northfield Experience. The art works reflect each artist’s conceptual vision around the specific site/event.
Where to Purchase Tickets
Tickets are $6 for each tour time below and available online (see links below), by phone (507-645-8877), or in the Northfield Arts Guild shop at 304 Division Street.
- Friday, May 4, 6 p.m.
- Saturday matinee, May 5, 1 p.m.
- Saturday evening, May 5, 5 p.m.
- Sunday matinee, May 6, 1 p.m.
- Sunday evening, May 6, 5 p.m.
We hope you’ll join us for our first community event!