2013 Ulysses Festival takes a techie spin



The 2012 launch of Ulysses Festival brought a taste of Russia to the Q.C. The event, highlighting culture, cuisine, music, dance and the arts as one big whole, livened the very accented atmosphere of Levine Museum of the New South during Community Day, while a variety of Charlotte arts organizations - including Opera Carolina and Charlotte Symphony, among others - followed by arranging a stellar series of performances that revolved around pieces by master Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky.

This year, the festival returns with a new theme - "Brave New Worlds: Technology and Art" - that's set to explore technology and its link to the creation and recreation of artworks brought to life through lectures, exhibits, and a string of performances using the latest advancements in the tech world. Tweet that, Charlotteans!

The month-long festivities kick off on April 4 with a panel discussion, dubbed "Technology & Art: Gimmick or Transformation" at UNC-Charlotte Center City Campus.

Other events slated for Uylsses include North Carolina Dance Theatre's Contemporary Fusion, a show that brings together the works of three innovative choreographers - Jiri Bubenicik, Twyla Tharp, and Sasha Janes.

Opera Carolina will stage an update of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers with digital projections accompanying scores, while Charlotte Symphony pays tribute to American works from the 20th and 21st centuries in its American Masters and Pioneers - accompanied by electro vibes from Aphex Twin.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Wingate University's Batte Center, Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, The Light Factory and McColl Center for Visual Art are also on the roster to participate. For more information and a detailed schedule of events and available packages, visit www.charlottecultureguide.com/ulysses.

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