Something Different this way comes: New series at Tryon Fine Arts Center seeks new audiences, new artists

Published 2:12 pm Monday, October 2, 2017

From art initiatives like the UNITY project, to free events in the outdoor Peterson Amphitheater, Tryon Fine Arts Center has had a renewed focus on building and serving the community over the past few seasons. Now, that effort comes to the Main Stage with TFAC’s newest series Something Different.

“As the name implies, the goal of this series is to bring new artists and, most importantly, new audiences to TFAC,” explains Marianne Carruth, executive director. “We want to make live performances more affordable and more attractive for a larger segment of the area. Everyone, regardless of age, race, or zip code should feel welcome at TFAC; we want to make sure there’s a genre that appeals to you no matter who you are.”

That goal is now one step closer to completion. Something Different will present a rotating lineup of music, theater, comedy, and – to kick it off – dance!

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“One of the most frequent requests from TFAC patrons, dance crosses the boundaries of demographics and speaks to each person in a unique way. By choosing two very different styles – ballet and breakdance – I’m excited to see a little something for everyone,” said Carruth.

The Houston-based troupe Soul Street Dance, one of the premier breakdance troupes in the country, performs on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. With music ranging from Vivaldi to Rock ‘n’ Roll to Hip-Hop, the sophisticated full length performance of the thrilling dance company will engage all ages, ethnicities, and cultures.

On Jan. 18, 2018 at 7 p.m., Spartanburg Ballet will present “Década.” Compelling visionary voices and tributes to both the classical and contemporary, Década pushes the boundaries of today’s current vocabulary of ballet with an inspiring and eclectic evening of pieces from recognizable ballets such as “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet” juxtaposed to contemporary pieces.

“If someone has never seen a live dance performance, this is a good way to see what it’s all about,” said Carruth. “Who knows? You might be hooked.” •


Something Different Series

Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon or 828-859-8322

Soul Street Dance – Breakdance

October 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

Spartanburg Ballet – Década 

January 18, 2018, 7 p.m.

by Michelle Fleming