Dance

The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Dance For A Warrior

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist
Credit John Hogg

South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma grew up hearing the story of his ancestor, a 19th century Xhosa warrior. The man is remembered for his long fight to preserve cultural traditions and resist colonial rule. In the dance piece, "Exit/Exist," Maqoma explores the connections between his past and present while live musicians sing in the Xhosa language.

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Arts & Culture
3:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Great Deal: ADF Offers $10 Tickets To Attract Young Audiences

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Credit ADF

The American Dance Festival kicks off today. ADF's mission is to support modern dance, and as a part of that they commission artists to create new work.

This year, there is a push to get a younger audience. Jodee Nimerichter directs the festival.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Dance Performance Brings History To Stage

Protest for economic equality
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Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with choreographers Tara Mullins and L.D. Burris
Operation Breadbasket was an economic program of the civil rights movement that worked to negotiate better hiring practices for African-American people. North Carolina State University's dance company, Panoramic Dance Project, is performing a mixed media modern dance inspired by the historical events. "Operation Breadbasket" will be performed March 27th and 28th at the university. 
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The State of Things
11:50 am
Mon February 24, 2014

North Carolina Native Retires From New York City Ballet

Dancing Through It My Journey In The Ballet
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Jenifer Ringer, former New York City Ballet principal dancer, talks about life and her new book, 'Dancing Through It'

    

In 2010, Jenifer Ringer starred as the sugar plum fairy in the New York City Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. And when a New York Times dance critic insinuated in a review of the performance that Jenifer was overweight, she responded.  Her recent book Dancing Through It: My Journey in The Ballet talks about how she overcame that criticism and her struggle with health and weight (Penguin/2014). 

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora

Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance
Credit African-American Studies at Duke University / http://aaas.duke.edu

    

For centuries, countless dances were born out of the disbursement of African people.  Dancing The African Diaspora, a new conference at Duke University, explores dances by people of African descent.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Clothesline Muse

The Clothesline Muse is a new multi-discipline theater project.
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Vocalist Nnenna Freelon and visual artist Maya Freelon Asante describe their new multimedia performance, The Clothesline Muse

  

In the past, the clothesline was a place where a community’s women met to hang laundry. 

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Poetry Meets Dance

Credit Coffee House Press

  

The poet Lightsey Darst found inspiration for her new book “Dance” (Coffee House Press/ 2013) from some unlikely sources: the Zodiac, Dante, the Guinness Book of World Records and Vogue magazine. 

In dance, Darst finds a metaphor for Hell, Earth, and Paradise.  Host Frank Stasio speaks to Lightsey Darst about dance, writing and her latest work.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Mr. Tol E. Rance Comes To Town

Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Credit www.camilleabrown.org/the-company

Coreographer Camille A. Brown and writer-critic Lightsey Darst talk about dance and the American Dance Festival

Three years ago, Camille A. Brown made the decision to form her own dance company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

American Dance Festival Begins In Durham, Celebrates 80 Years

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Credit American Dance Festival

The American Dance Festival is entering its 80th year as performances begin in Durham. 

The national festival opens Thursday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  This year's celebration includes dance companies from as far away as Argentina, Ireland and Taiwan. 

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State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Dirty Dancing at 25

www.dirtydancingfestival.com

Legions of fans will flock to Lake Lure, NC this weekend for the third annual Dirty Dancing Festival, a celebration of the 1987 movie starring Patrick Swayze.

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