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Melinda Whittington and Edward Parks star as Ada and Inman in Cold Mountain (photo by Eric Waters)

Jennifer Higdon’s 2015 Opera, Cold Mountain, Surpasses the 1997 Novel and the 2003 Film

We love opera. The larger-than-life voices, the costumes, and the stories. When we go to the opera, we expect a certain amount of grandeur. Yet, even with these high expectations, when we walked into Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and first laid eyes on the stage, we were both… Read More ›

Dorrance Dance performs ETM: Double Down with panache, style, and a rollicking sense of the future

Dorrance Dance’s ETM: Double Down Is Amazing, Awesome, and Out of This World!

With panache, style, and a rollicking sense of the future, Carolina Performing Arts’ presentation of New York City-based Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down stormed the stage on Wednesday night in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Its performance, which it will repeat at 8 p.m. tonight, is amazing,… Read More ›

Carolina Performing Arts presented An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29th, in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

An Evening with Garrison Keillor … Celebrated the Life of a One-of-a-Kind Man on March 29th at UNC

A surprising thing happened on March 29th in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Garrison Keillor, the beloved host of the much-adored NPR show, A Prairie Home Companion, showed folks that even after 43 years in radio, he is much more than just everyone’s gracious, loquacious grandpa. He opened Carolina… Read More ›

The Emotions in Antigone Simmer, But Never Quite Come to a Boil, at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall

The international production of Antigone being performed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall on Oct. 9th and 10th as part of the Carolina Performing Arts series, has an unquestionable pedigree. The Belgium-born director, Ivo van Hove, is among the brightest names in theater today (his Olivier Award-winning A View From… Read More ›

Carolina Performing Arts will present an international production of Sophokles' Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove, Oct. 9th and 10th in UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall

Juliette Binoche Will Star in Sophocles’ Antigone on Oct. 9th and 10th in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9th, and Saturday, Oct. 10th, in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 51-year-old Academy Award®-winning French actress Juliette Binoche will play the title role in what Carolina Performing Arts characterizes as a “stunning contemporary interpretation of Sophocles’ classic Greek masterpiece,” Antigone, newly translated by… Read More ›

Carolina Performing Arts will present the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24th, and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25th, in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (photo by Andrew-Eccles)

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall Feb. 24th and 25th

Carolina Performing Arts will present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24th and 25th in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. It is the New York City-based dance troupe’s fifth stop on its 18-city 2015 tour. According Carolina Performing Arts: “One of the world’s… Read More ›

Last Friday night, Carolina Performing Arts presented six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald in Memorial Hall at UNC

Audra McDonald Dazzles at UNC’s Memorial Hall

There was an excitement in the packed house last Friday night for Carolina Performing Arts’ presentation of Audra McDonald. We knew she was waiting backstage, ready to come out. We could feel her presence. People were buzzing, talking about her achievements and her talent. Humming tunes. This reviewer, who was first introduced to her powerhouse… Read More ›

Carolina Performing Arts will present Dorrance Dance in "The Blues Project" 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26th, in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The Blues Project” by Dorrance Dance Is a Great Evening of Music and Dance at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dorrance Dance, headed by Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance, brought down the house on Sept. 25th at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall with The Blues Project, a 60-minute work created by Dorrance, co-choreographers Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and blues musician/composer Toshi Reagon. Presented as part of the Carolina Performing Arts series,… Read More ›

The New York Times describes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as "pure movement, pure magic" (photo of Antonio Douthit-Boyd by Andrew Eccles)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Will Trip the Light Fantastic April 22nd and 23rd in Memorial Hall

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present two SOLD-OUT performances at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22nd, and Wednesday, April 23rd, in Memorial Hall, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, as part of the critically acclaimed Carolina Performing Arts’ series. The April 22nd performance, which is supported by performance benefactor… Read More ›

"Songs of the Wanderers," performed by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, wowed Carolina Performing Arts' patrons on April 2nd in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s “Songs of the Wanderers” at UNC-Chapel Hill Was a Visual Feast

Dance is, of course, a visual art; but some dance performances lift the audience experience above and beyond that of merely watching dancers move through space. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s Songs of the Wanderers is just such a performance. Presented on April 2nd by Carolina Performing Arts in the University of North Carolina… Read More ›

There Is Only One Word for “STREB – FORCES!” at Carolina Performing Arts, and That is Wow!

As my companion and I were leaving the Thursday-night Carolina Performing Arts performance of STREB – FORCES! at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall, I joked that I could review the show using only one word: Wow! Seconds into the high-energy, “extreme action” performance (that’s Streb Lab for Action Mechanics’ (SLAM)… Read More ›

Carolina Performing Arts will present "STREB - FORCES!" on March 18th and 19th in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill

STREB — the Evel Knievel of Dance — Will Perform “FORCES!” on March 18th and 19th in Chapel Hill

Carolina Performing Arts will present real-life action heroes in  STREB – FORCES! at 7: 30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18th, and Wednesday, March 19th, in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. According to Carolina Performing Arts: “… STREB offers a program of finely choreographed physical feats combining daredevil antics,… Read More ›

“Spring Training” Is an Experiment in Full-Body Art

Coming-of-age stories or the “bildungsroman” are known for being brutally honest and intense. PlayMakers Repertory Company’s second stage series production of Spring Training is as honest and intense as a fan of the genre might expect, but it is not without its flaws. The show features four artists presenting song and movement, interspersed with telling… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company and Carolina Performing Arts will present the world premiere of "Spring Training," written and performed by Universes of New York City, on April 24-28 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art

Universes Premieres “Spring Training” on April 24-28 at PlayMakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company and Carolina Performing Arts will present the world premiere of Spring Training, written and performed by Universes of New York City, under the direction of Chay Yew, on April 24-28 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art as part of… Read More ›

The National Theatre of Scotland will perform "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" on Sept. 16-20 in the Back Bar of Chapel Hill's Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

The National Theatre of Scotland Will Perform “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” on Sept. 16-20

Carolina Performing Arts will present the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed production of “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” created by David Greig and directed by Wils Wilson, on Sept. 16-20 in the Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Back Bar in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. The National Theatre of Scotland previously performed “Black Watch” by Gregory Burke on Feb. 9-13, 2011 in the backstage area of Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

SITI Company of New York City will present a FREE performance of its latest performance piece, "Who Do You Think You Are," at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18th, in Frey Rehearsal Hall in UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art

SITI Company Will Present “Who Do You Think You Are,” a Work-in-Progress, for Free May 18th at UNC

PlayMakers Repertory Company is hosting the SITI Company of New York City, which will present a FREE performance of its new work-in-progress, entitled “Who Do You Think You Are,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18th, in Frey Rehearsal Hall in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. (Note: Although admission is free, the space is small, and e-mailing PRCresidencies@gmail.com to reserve seats is highly recommended.)

Carolina Performing Arts will present "Whispering Pines 10: An Opera by Shana Moulton and Nick Hallett" at 7:30 p.m. on March 27th and 28th in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill

Shana Moulton and Nick Hallett’s Opera “Whispering Pines 10” Features Moulton’s Agoraphobic Alter Ego

With a wry, unsettling humor and a low-tech, pop sensibility, the wildly creative New York video/performance artist Shana Moulton’s hilarious multipart “Whispering Pines” features her alter ego Cynthia, a confused, hypochondriac agoraphobe prone to colorful hallucinations and absurd fantasies.

Carolina Performing Arts will present "C!RCA: Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul" at 7:30 p.m. on March 20th and 21st in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus

C!RCA Is Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul

In a jaw-dropping fusion of dance, extreme circus skills and raw emotion, Australia’s cheeky C!RCA performers push their own dangerous limits at breakneck speed. Abandoning themselves to terrifying adventures, their signature style combines physical beauty, formidable talent, and a barrage of sound, light and projection.

The Gate Theatre will perform "Watt" on Nov. 2nd and 4th in Playmakers Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Gate Theatre of Dublin Will Present “Watt” and “Endgame,” Two One-Act Plays by Samuel Beckett

“… ‘Watt’ [is] drawn from Beckett’s second published novel in English. … ‘Endgame’ [is] considered one of Beckett’s most important works — second in popularity only to ‘Waiting for Godot’ [1953].

Memorial Hall hosts "Woyzeck on the Highveld" April 1st and 2nd

Handspring Puppet Company Will Perform “Woyzeck on the Highveld” in UNC’s Memorial Hall April 1 and 2

In his latest incarnation, Woyzeck has found himself a new skin (black), a new homeland (South Africa during apartheid), a new job (servant) and, perhaps most fitting of all for a creature so bedeviled by society, a new medium of expression: he is now a puppet.

"The Andersen Project" plays March 17th and 18th in Memorial Hall

Robert Lepage’s Solo Drama “The Andersen Project” Is a Modern Fairy Tale Starring Yves Jacques

Ex Machina’s critically acclaimed production of “The Andersen Project (Le Projet Andersen),” is a modern fairy tale written, directed, and originally performed by French Canadian actor, director, and playwright Robert Lepage.

Cirque Éloize performed "iD" on March 1st and 2nd in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill

Cirque Éloize’s “iD” Is a Dazzling Multimedia Show

Cirque Éloize’s “iD” is a dazzling multimedia spectacle scripted and staged with brio by Jeannot Painchaud. Set against a gritty multi-storey inner-city backdrop created and ingeniously honeycombed with doors and windows by scenic designer Robert Massicotte, this eye-popping show showcased 13 circus disciplines, augmented by vivid science-fiction-style videos and slide projections and accompanied by a pounding urban soundtrack of rock, hip-hop, and street noise.

irque Éloize performs "iD" on March 1st and 2nd (photo by Valérie Remise)

Cirque Éloize Performs “iD” at UNC March 1st and 2nd

A dynamic mix of new circus and urban dance, “iD” features 13 circus disciplines against a throbbing backdrop of hip-hop, rock music, and sci-fi videos.

Scottish Iraq war drama "Black Watch" ran Feb. 9-13

Two Words for “Black Watch”: Shock and Awe

There are two words for the National Theatre of Scotland’s wrenching rendition of Scottish playwright Gregory Burke’s harrowing Iraq war play, “Black Watch,” which occupied the Memorial Hall stage on Feb. 8-13 as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ International Theater Festival. They are Shock and Awe.

Iraq war drama "Black Watch" opens Feb. 9th

“Black Watch” Is Visceral, Complex, and Urgent

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, “Black Watch” reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again.