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Random Dance to perform ‘Entity’ at Northrop

Dance, science and technology geeks: Rejoice! If the advance hype coming out of the U.K. is true, we’re in for a mind-blowing experience when British choreographer Wayne McGregor brings his Random Dance to Northrop Friday night.

The hourlong, two-part piece is “Entity,” and it celebrates McGregor’s reportedly brainiac tendencies with lightning fast, super-virtuosic movement performed by his classically trained troupe of 10 dancers. McGregor’s ultimate goal is to create what he calls “artificially intelligent, autonomous choreographic agents.” Through his ongoing project, R-Research, McGregor actively investigates the 21st-century body, focusing on its cognitive and biological/technology aspects. His partners in this venture come from fields as diverse as neuroscience, psychology and software design.

“Entity” reportedly explores how the brain imagines movement and how it might re-imagine it, with incisive choreography and vocabulary rarely seen on the concert stage. Composer Joby Talbot wrote an energetic string quartet for the piece, while Jon Hopkins (Massive Attack, Coldplay) contributed an electronic score. The piece also includes an architectural set by Patrick Burnier, a multiscreen installation with film/video by Ravi Deepres, and lighting by Lucy Carter.

Plan on intellectual, sensory and kinetic overload, if these critics’ comments bear out: “a great sexy beast of a piece — it’s like being licked by a panther’s juicy, rasping tongue while you’re revising maths,” wrote David Jays of the London Sunday Times.

Random Dance. 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11. Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Tickets $31-$55. Call 612-624-2345.

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