Southern ballet on tap at Shepherd

March 13, 2006

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University will present the North Carolina Dance Theatre's evening-length ballet, "Under Southern Skies," on Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater. The program features live music by the bluegrass band the Greasy Beans and country singer/songwriter Christine Kane.

"Under Southern Skies" celebrates the music and artists of the south and reflects the ever-changing landscape of the region. The program includes choreographer Mark Diamond's "City South"; NCDT artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's "I'm with You," with music by Kane; choreographer Uri Sand's piece "Sweet Tea" set to music by John Coltrane; and Bonnefoux's rollicking bluegrass ballet "Shindig," with live accompaniment by the Greasy Beans.

Founded in 1970 by Robert Lindgren, North Carolina Dance Theatre's support and reputation quickly grew, making it the number one touring repertory company in the nation in the early 1980s. Today, under Bonnefoux, North Carolina Dance Theatre continues its tradition of excellence through the contribution of praiseworthy performance pieces and the remarkable talent and development of their dancers. The company blends classical ballet forms and training with contemporary choreography and well-trained dancers known for high energy, precision, and speed.


Tickets are free to Shepherd students while supplies last; $5 for children under 18; $10 for senior citizens, Shepherd faculty or staff, and Jefferson County School Board employees; and $15 to the general public.

Tickets may be purchased at the Information Desk in the Student Center or by phone, for more information or to purchase tickets, contact Rachael Meads at 304-876-5113.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will present Tres Vidas on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Frank Center. Tres Vidas is performed by the Core Ensemble:

Tahirah Whittington, cello; Hugh Hinton, piano; Michael Parola, percussion; and featured actress Georgina Corbo.

Tres Vidas is a chamber music theater work celebrating the life, times, and work of three significant Latin and South American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador, and poet Alfonsina Storni or Argentina. Storylines include Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya's astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote, and Storni's life-long challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and England, Russia, and Australia. The Ensemble received the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This performance is free and open to the public.

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