UNC Asheville Dance Program to Host Variety of Performances in April

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UNC Asheville hosts several dance performances in April 2018, beginning with a guest live performance and discussion by Cara Hagan, interdisciplinary artist and assistant professor of dance studies at Appalachian State University, at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, room 351. The annual Spring Dance Sharing will take place at 7 p.m. on April 26 and 27, in UNC Asheville’s Belk Theatre. Both events are free and open to everyone.

As a choreographer, Hagan has worked with UNC School of the Arts, Missouri State University and the Dance Barn Festival. Her recent performances include Asheville Wordfest, Taos Poetry Festival, On Site/In Sight Dance Festival and the Raleigh Visual Art Exchange. Hagan is the recipient of the 2014-2015 NCAC Choreographic Fellowship, 2015 Sustainability in the Arts Grant and the 2015-2016 University Research Council Grant in addition to being a guest resident at UC Boulder, James Madison University and Thirak India. She is the director and curator of American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers, an annual international dance film festival. Hagan is also a published author, with pieces appearing in Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing and Headwaters Journal of Expressive Arts, among others. She is currently in the process of writing her first book.

To close out the month, UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will present the Spring Dance Sharing, beginning at 7 p.m. on both April 26 and 27 in Belk Theatre. The Dance Sharing will exhibit choreography by Celia Bambara, director and assistant professor of the dance program with student contribution, student choreographic work and Bambara's solo work. The performance, “The Intrepid Nature of Beauty,” is the culmination of Bambara’s Performance Practicum course, and is a collaboration with local musician Kimathi Moore, who also produced music for Bambara’s solo dance, “Who Fears Not Death.” Students from the Movement in Global Perspectives course will also share choreographic works that engage the course materials of interculturalism, race, gender and diaspora.

In addition to her work at UNC Asheville, Bambara maintains a bi-national dance company in the Ivory Coast and North Carolina, the CCBdance Project, co-founded with Christian Bambara. The company’s goal is to promote intercultural understanding and peace through experimental African-based contemporary dance with performances in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States with grants from the U.S. State Department and the Puffin Foundation.

The Dance Program will also host a variety of in-praxis performances throughout the month of April where students will present movement and technique they have worked on throughout the semester. Dates for these performances can be found at events.unca.edu.

These events are presented by UNC Asheville’s Dance Program. For more information visit UNC Asheville Dance Program on Facebook or dance.unca.edu.