The Carolina Ballet’s 2019 Presentation of The Nutcracker Is Chock-full of Christmas Sweets

The Carolina Ballet will present The Nutcracker on Dec. 7th and 8th in UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall, on Dec. 14th and 15th at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and on Dec. 18-23 and 27-29 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

With dreams of Santa, sugar plums, and fairies dancing in their heads, children of all ages took their seats on Saturday, Dec. 7th, in the Beasley Curtis Auditorium in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall to watch the Carolina Performing Arts present the Carolina Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker. The… Continue reading The Carolina Ballet’s 2019 Presentation of The Nutcracker Is Chock-full of Christmas Sweets

Carolina Performing Arts’ Oct. 15th Presentation of The Day Presses the Boundaries, and Feels Eternal, All at the Same Time

On Tuesday, Oct. 15th, Carolina Performing Arts presented The Day, featuring cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, and composer David Lang, in UNC's Memorial Hall

Carolina Performing Arts’ Tuesday, Oct. 15th, presentation of The Day, choreographed by Lucinda Childs, is a visually stunning avant-garde dance production that thrills, and intrigues, and thrills again. The show is actually two shows presented together: The Day and World to Come. The Day focuses on memory; and its companion piece, World to Come, focuses… Continue reading Carolina Performing Arts’ Oct. 15th Presentation of The Day Presses the Boundaries, and Feels Eternal, All at the Same Time

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower Fights Injustice with Black Music and Sci-Fi in UNC’s Memorial Hall

When you hear the phrase “science fiction,” what do you imagine? Artificial Intelligence gone berserk (as in the works of Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick)? The alternate realities of Raymond Bradbury and Douglas Adams? You know, space stories by old white guys. You might have thought about Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Mary Shelley,… Continue reading Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower Fights Injustice with Black Music and Sci-Fi in UNC’s Memorial Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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