NC Dance Theatre mixes things up in Contemporary Fusion



Choreographers from three continents are mixed into a Contemporary Fusion for North Carolina Dance Theatre's season finale at Knight Theater. Headlining the program is the world premiere of "L'Heure bleue" by Czech twin brothers Jiri and Otto Bubenicek. Choreographed by Jiri especially for NCDT, with set design by Otto, the Bubeniceks' new ballet is a Parisian triangle, as two men compete for the love of a woman. The style evolves from classical to contemporary, serious and humorous by turns, set to the perpetually danceable music of Bach. Bubenicek says he was as inspired by the museums of Paris as the women and the skies, so we'll see how that sorts out.

Photo by Jeff Cravotta
  • Photo by Jeff Cravotta

Also on the bill is one of Twyla Tharp's most vivacious pieces, "The Golden Section," which will be getting its second NCDT showing in three years, after Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater first brought it to Belk Theater in 2008. Counterbalancing the Oregonian's athletic romp will be Sasha Janes' romantic "Rhapsodic Dances," set to Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." Coming to us from Down Under, Janes is NCDT's associate artistic director - and his piece, along with the company, is going to Washington, D.C. for a rendezvous at the Kennedy Center on June 7 and 9, as part of Ballet in America III. $25-$79. April 26, 7:30 p.m.; April 27, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

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