Performances abound at the university

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win. place. show. on Feb. 3

Dance, theater and musical performances will abound in February at UNC Charlotte. Faculty members will help present the win.place.show. dance performance on Feb. 3 and the Faculty and Friends concert on Feb. 13. Students will stage “The Children’s Hour,” about small-town scandal, on Feb. 22-26. And the touring group Core Ensemble will bring its unique blend of chamber music and theatrical narrative to campus on Feb. 14.

win.place.show. dance performances on Feb. 3

win.place.show., choreographed and performed by AGA Collaborative, investigates a set of interrelated themes: the pressures of accomplishment and achievement that seem to shape our individual lives, the demands of perpetual productivity that are instigated by our “always on” economy, and the many ways that we find ourselves navigating the daily race.

The AGA Collaborative is comprised of choreographer dancers Alison Bory, Amanda Hamp, and UNC Charlotte Associate Professor of Dance Gretchen Alterowitz.

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The shows will take place 5 pm and 7:30 pm Feb. 3 at Robinson Hall. Details and tickets

Alumni Dance Concert on Feb. 4

Five alumni of the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance will offer an Alumni Dance Concert at 7:30 pm Feb. 4 at Robinson Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The program includes seven works, including:

  • Ali Duffy, Undertow – This work negotiates movement qualities of tension and release, of holding on and letting go, exploring the thin line between captivity and freedom as the soloist is both bound and embraced by a large costume piece.
  • Caitlyn Swett, I came out quiet – I came out quiet is a solo that investigates heartbreak, trauma, and the process of healing.
  • Melissa Word, Palisade – Performed with live accompaniment, the solo Palisade presents the rubbing, rocking, shoving up against real and imagined barriers.
  • Madeline Jazz Harvey, Wedlock – Wedlock is a lighthearted pas de deux about the paramount moments in courtship and marriage.
  • Madeline and Matthew Harvey, Poem – This work explores the effect of preconceived notions on the audiences’ response to choreography performed by a white female, a black male, and then the joining of the two.
  • Audrey Baran, Door Closed – Door Closed is a solo reflection on the burdens and encounters of those who care for the living and live for the dying.
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Jessica Lindsey and the Madison Park String Quartet on Feb. 13

On Feb. 13, the Faculty and Friends series presents the Madison Park String Quartet, with guest performer Dr. Jessica Lindsey, assistant professor of clarinet. The Madison Park Quartet features violinists Kari Giles, assistant concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony, and Jenny Topilow, a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony; violist Kristin Swanson, adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte; and Dr. Mira Frisch, associate professor of cello.

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Jessica Lindsey and the Madison Park String Quartet will perform at 7:30 pm Feb. 13 at Rowe Recital Hall. Details and tickets

“Of Ebony Embers” chamber-music & theatre on Feb. 14

The national touring group Core Ensemble brings its unique blend of chamber music and theatrical narrative to UNC Charlotte’s Rowe Recital Hall on Feb. 14.

Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, Of Ebony Embers examines the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance.

The musical score includes works by jazz greats Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonius Monk, Billy Strayhorn, and Charles Mingus, as well as concert music by Jerry Mumford and George Walker.

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The performance, 7:30 pm Feb. 14, is free, but reservations are encouraged.

 

“The Children’s Hour” student theater performances Feb 22-26

The Department of Theatre presents Lillian Hellman’s masterpiece, The Children’s Hour, with performances Feb. 22-26 at Robinson Hall.  A single lie, the power of innuendo, and the devastating legacy of the resulting small-town scandal – this 1934 play captured the attention of the theatre world when it debuted and has since become a classic of American drama.

Its timeless themes of betrayal, honor, and quiet courage still resonate in a disturbingly relevant way. Directed by Robin Witt and Jessica Woodworth.

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“The Children’s Hour” will be performed Feb. 22-26 at Anne R. Belk Theater in Robinson Hall. Details and tickets

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