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Monday, February 5, 2018

Watch a Video and Read an Interview About Paul Dresher Ensemble's Wondrous Sound Maze. Then Go Play It Yourself.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 8:37 AM

On Friday, at the grand opening of UNC's new venue, Current ArtSpace & Studio, we grabbed an impromptu interview with Bay Area composer and instrument inventor Paul Dresher, whose Sound Maze inaugurates the space through Tuesday. Read the chat and watch the video below; then go play with it yourself. It's a lot of fun to do something you've never done before in a space where you've never been. INDY: What was your path to creating instruments like this? PAUL DRESHER: I started making instruments in high school. I wanted a twelve-string guitar really badly. For Christmas, my parents got...

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Elizabeth Streb: the INDY interview

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

STREB Extreme Action’s company name is truth in advertising: a group of seven superbly-trained athletes who propel themselves into harm’s way, repeatedly—against walls and floors, off of trampolines and multi-story trapeze-like platforms, into and out of close encounters with a spinning industrial I-beam as it careens across stage, and much, much more. In our Feb 17, 2010 story on the CHAT Festival at UNC-Chapel Hill, I described their edge-of-your-seat maneuvers, set to a pulsing techno soundtrack and accompanied by live and digitized video, as “a highly caffeinated remix of death-defying circus acts, gymnastics, motion-picture stunt work and modern dance." I...

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Israeli dance company L-E-V, Eyal and Behar bring the Gaga to the House

Posted By on Sun, Oct 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

L-E-V WITH SHARON EYAL AND GAI BEHAR – HOUSE Memorial Hall, UNC Campus Oct. 9, 2013 The curtain opens on a dusky cloud—one writhing figure showing only from the shimmer on her black leatherette body. Now liquid, now lurching, she winds through twilight towards us, clawing and morphing. With her oil-slick catsuit and her angular, broken gestures, she’s a vogue queen—or a drowning bird from the Exxon Valdez. More dim light blooms and she fades into a crowd in nude bodysuits, who flex in low second-position plie, their bony pelvises jutting, shifting in and out like pistons in a machine....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Making Stravinsky human through spoken word and song

Posted By on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Spring TrainingPRC2Kenan TheatreCloses April 28 Universes, the Bronx-based performance troupe that fuses spoken word, song, rhythm and theater, epitomizes the concept of arts-as-multidisciplinary. The performers who comprise Universes—all of whom are persons of color—serve as storytellers and poets and music-makers. They're also social critics who aim to give voice to the silenced. And, for the most part, they succeed in doing so without being too heavy-handed. That’s no easy feat. Their newest piece, Spring Training, currently has its world premiere at PRC2 in Chapel Hill. Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts and PlayMakers Repertory Company as part of their Rite of...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Rites without seasons: Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart's A Rite at Memorial Hall

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Paul B. GoodeListening, up: Will Bond as the infantryman in A RITEA RITEBill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanySITI CompanyMemorial Hall, UNCClosed January 26 Some rites are seasonal. It's a fact those who've spent any part of their lives in close contact with the land know, intimately. Plant tomatoes in the spring under the sign of Scorpio; set potatoes in the dark of a Cancer moon. Feed a pig generously—until the last week of its life. Then, at the first hard frost, gather family members or neighbors. Shoot it in the head, hang it by its heels and slit its throat....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Narcissus and Terpsichore (partially obscured):
Nederlands Dans Theater review

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Nederlands Dans TheaterMemorial HallThrough March 30 You can tell Memorial Hall Box Office tries to be forthright about the merchandise it sells. Across the face of my front row balcony ticket for the performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater, a big black box is printed. In it, the words “Possible Partial View” appear, in white. But since no similar warnings were printed on what were my original tickets for the show — fifth row from the front of the orchestra — this review necessarily begins with something of a consumer advisory. If your tickets for tonight’s performance are in the...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

The dangers of slighting a vivid imagination:
Robert Lepage's THE ANDERSEN PROJECT

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Yves Jacques in THE ANDERSEN PROJECT. Click image to enlarge.THE ANDERSEN PROJECT 4 stars (out of 5)Ex MachinaCarolina Performing Arts SeriesMemorial Hall, UNC Chapel HillThrough March 18 Never slight a person with a vivid imagination. Perhaps that’s the largest takeaway from Robert Lepage’s frequently inspired, technically innovative—but still overlong—one-person performance, THE ANDERSEN PROJECT, which closes tonight at UNC Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. It’s tempting to call this intermissionless two-hour performance a theatrical roman a clef, except that one of the names apparently hasn’t been changed at all. For on the basis of earlier interviews with the Canadian quintuple threat—stage director,...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shaolin Riverdance? The amazing Mr. Cherkaoui and Sutra at Carolina Performing Arts

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Andree LanthierSIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI/ SADLER'S WELLS LONDON: SUTRA Carolina Performing Arts@Memorial Hall, UNC CampusNov. 10-11 Belgian choreographer-performer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has one of the most graceful, flexible and articulate bodies on the world stage. His aesthetic—at least as expressed in Sutra, an hourlong entertainment created with the support of British dance presenter Sadler’s Wells—doesn’t bother to temper this facility with subtlety or nuance. “I feel like I just saw a Chinese version of Riverdance,” one theatergoer was overheard to say at Wednesday night's show. As the performance concluded, the audience rose up for a noisy standing ovation. Popping out of...

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