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North Carolina Dance Festival presented Nov. 12-14

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the North Carolina Dance Festival to the Valborg Theatre Nov. 12-14.  All performances begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students, and seating is general admission.  The box office is open Monday-Friday 2-5 p.m. and one hour prior to show time.  Patrons can purchase tickets in person, by phone at 828-262-3063, or online at www.theatre.appstate.edu/performances/.

The North Carolina Dance Festival is a touring production offering performances by professional choreographers and dance artists from across the state.  Each evening’s performance highlights a new combination of companies and performers.  Performing on Thursday, Nov. 12, are Kinetic Works Dance, Eleanor Smith, and Even Exchange Dance Theatre.  Performing on Friday, Nov. 13, are Cyrus Art Production and Cindy Mancini.  Performing on Saturday, Nov. 14, are Natalie Marrone, Kim Jones, and Joan-Nicholas Walker and Courtney Greer.  The Appalachian Dance Ensemble, comprising Appalachian faculty, advanced student choreographers, and student dancers, will perform a number of new works together with festival artists.

For the Appalachian Dance Ensemble, dance faculty Emily Daughtridge has choreographed “Once Was Now,” a dance inspired by the visceral power of memory.  Five female dancers flow through brief interactions, pause in reflection and retrograde their paths to a waltzing score. “Out of the fire, a still sound voice,” choreographed by student Jessie Maynard, is a piece that asks the performers to risk vulnerability in an effort to speak truth to the audience. “Whist,” choreographed by student Carrie Harding, is about the nature of secrets and why we keep them. “A-Sheyr,” choreographed by student Jessica O’Keefe, is a whimsical piece regarding the experiences of searching and discovering contentment.

Join us for these evenings of acclaimed professional dance performance and diverse new student work from some of the best in North Carolina.

The Department of Theatre and Dance sends loud applause to this season’s 2009-2010 sponsors, Boone Bagelry and Joe’s Italian Kitchen, and warmly thanks Stick Boy Bread Company and Tupelo’s World Café for their generous support.

The Valborg Theatre is located at 480 Howard St., behind the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.  Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons, and behind the Turchin Center.

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