Dance performances set to heat up local stages

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 03:22 PM

Inspirations for the dance scene this spring come from the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s seminal work “The Rite of Spring,” the percussive dance called tap, and the ever-evolving modern dance.
Carolina Performing Arts winds up its yearlong celebration, “The Rite of Spring at 100,” this semester with commissioned and historical dance events. The Carolina Performing Arts-commissioned work, “The Rite …” – a collaboration between modern dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and theater director Anne Bogart and her SITI Company.
Performances take place at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill Campus.
The celebration continues with Nederlands Dans Theater I in a Carolina Performing Arts “Rite 100”-commissioned work by dancer and choreographer Medhi Walerski and composer Joby Talbot.
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. April 3 and 8 p.m. April 5 in Memorial Hall.
Martha Graham’s rarely performed “The Rite of Spring,” performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company, winds up the university’s observance of this centennial year of Stravinsky’s score called the most influential work of the 20th century. The program also features Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” and a Carolina Performing Arts-commissioned work by Nacho Duato and guest performances by Wendy Wheland, principal dancer for New York City Ballet.
Performances take place at 8 p.m. April 26 and 9 p.m. April 27 at Memorial Hall.
Tickets are available at 919-843-3333 or
Duke Performances dance events feature tap masters and modern dance athletes. Savion Glover and Marshall Davis Jr. perform “SoLe Sanctuary,” which embodies tap’s 150-year history as well as virtuoso new moves.
The performance takes place at 8 p.m. April 23 in Page Auditorium on Duke’s West Campus.
The Los Angeles-based modern dance troupe Diavolo Dance Theater presents two different programs at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9. The first program features “Fearful Symmetries” in which dancers swan-dive off a giant modular cube. In the second program, “Trajectoire,” they vault and tumble atop a rocking galleon.
Tickets are available at 919-684-4444 or
The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary year with three local performances. Based at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill and founded in 1983 by artistic director Gene Medler, the 36-member ensemble features dancers ranging in age from 8 to 18.
“Red Hot Swingin’ Blues Tap Happenin’ ” features selected ensemble dancers and music from Music Maker Relief Foundation blues artists Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Big Ron Hunter and Ironing Board Sam. They will be accompanied by the jazz trio of Robbie Link, bass; Jim Crew, piano; and John Hanks, drums. Blues artists and dancers will perform together and separately.
The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
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The “Rhythm Evolved” show occurs twice: at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 2 p.m. April 28 at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
Tickets are available late February and early March at the Carolina Theatre Box Office and or at 919-560-3030.
The 30th Anniversary celebration concludes Nov. 30 with performances by NCYTE alumni and the ensemble. Details to come.