The Society of the Performing Arts staff, modern dance aficionados, and fans of folk-rock hero Bon Iver were left disappointed when the acclaimed indie artist cancelled his scheduled Houston performances of Come Through with the Minnesota dance company TU Dance on February 20 and 21 at Jones Hall.
The cancellation comes after TU Dance co-founder Uri Sands resigned from the company following allegations of sexual misconduct. While Sands and the company deny any wrongdoing, Justin Vernon, who writes and performs under the Bon Iver name, announced the show would not go on as planned in Houston, Nashville, and New Orleans.
“Due to circumstances outside our control, all upcoming performances of ‘Come Through’ have been cancelled,” Bon Iver said via his Twitter account. “These decisions are never taken lightly by the Bon Iver team; our deepest apologies to fans who’ll miss out on these performances. Bon Iver will be back to your area soon.”
Correspondingly, the Society of Performing Arts released their own statement via a spokesperson:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control the entire tour of Bon Iver & TU Dance: Come Through has been cancelled. While we at SPA are terribly disappointed by this news, we respect the decision of the artists and value creating a space in which everyone can feel safe."
Jaelyn Lyles with Society for Performing Arts tells CultureMap, "Cancellations do happen, but we respect the artist's decision." And while there are no plans to reschedule with Bon Iver, she said SPA would be more than happy to have him back.
She also pointed to other performances for those jonesing for dance-based performances with a modern music soundtrack, including Mark Morris' Pepperland, "a kaleidoscopic music and dance adventure set to the music of The Beatles" on tap for January 30 and 31 and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Kyle Abraham's "A.I.M's Untitled Love," "a wonderful down-tempo groove to a D'Angelo soundtrack" set for June 4 and 5.
This isn't the first time a Houston music event has been cancelled due to allegations of sexual harassment. The popular multimedia music and art-based Day for Night Festival closed up shop in 2018 after three years after women accused festival founder Omar Afra of sexual misconduct.
Ticket holders for Come Through will be offered a full refund at the point of purchase.