N.C. Dance Theatre comes to Tryon Fine Arts Center Monday
Published 1:00 pm Friday, April 3, 2009
In American Masterpieces, the internationally-lauded North Carolina Dance Theatre performs some of the best American choreography of the century. Included in the program are masterpieces by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.
One of Alvin Ailey&squo;s classic works, &uot;Night Creature&uot; features sensual movements that evoke nocturnal characters. The dancers perform striking, jazzy movements that climax in a stunning finale. &uot;Night Creature&uot; is propelled by the exuberance of Duke Ellington&squo;s symphonic score. North Carolina Dance Theatre has been chosen as the first and only American company to perform &uot;Night Creature&uot; other than the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
When George Balanchine created &uot;Who Cares?&uot; for the New York City Ballet in 1969, front and center was North Carolina Dance Theatre&squo;s own associate artistic director Patricia McBride, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer and international star of American ballet. &uot;Who Cares?&uot; has grown into a wildly popular Balanchine ballet, which is performed to over a dozen George Gershwin songs, including &dquo;I Got Rhythm,&dquo; &dquo;The Man I Love,&dquo; &dquo;Embraceable You&dquo; and &dquo;My One and Only.&dquo; The songs are not meant to evoke any particular era, but to portray an energy that is both broadly American and characteristic of Manhattan. &dquo;Fascinating Rhythm&dquo; and the pas de deux &dquo;The Man I Love&dquo; were both choreographed for Patricia McBride. She and her husband, New York City Ballet former principal dancer and current North Carolina Dance Theatre Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, performed &dquo;The Man I Love&dquo; with New York City Ballet
many times throughout the country.
Nine Sinatra Songs
Twyla Tharp&squo;s Tony-Award-winning talents are showcased in her classic &uot;Nine Sinatra Songs.&uot; This work presents a view of 1950s social dancing through the nostalgic and yet sharpened eyes of the 1980s. The timeless tunes of Ol&squo; Blue Eyes, paired with costumes designed by Oscar de la Renta, flash with the glamour of past and present ages. Each dancer in the work has a distinct personality, which fits well with the trademark diversity of North Carolina Dance Theatre&squo;s dancers. Dance Theatre&squo;s artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux met Twyla Tharp in the 1980s while they were both choreographing for Olympic Champion ice-skater John Curry.
NCDT is performing at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.tryonarts.org or contact the box office at 828-859-8322 ext. 214 for more information and to purchase tickets.
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