by Lenise Willis
The graceful art of dance is the highlight of this month’s events. Hanesbrands Theatre and Emerging Pictures have partnered to screen a trio of highly acclaimed dance films at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The first film, presented Thursday through Saturday, is La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, a documentary that gives a glimpse of the inner workings of a ballet company. The film crew flew to France and watched as the company’s choreographers and dancers developed their pieces for their 2008 program.
Following suit, Concepts Choreography Intensive will be at Hanesbrands Theatre this weekend. Twelve dancers and four choreographers will showcase their eclectic and original dance numbers. Performances are presented by Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.
Transitioning this week’s ambiance from classy to racy, Del Shores, writer, director, activist and comic, will be at Theatre Alliance for a Thursdayonly performance. Shores will bring his standup show Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality to the stage, and share dirty stories about his Texas family, act out scenes from reality shows and read letters he’s written to “haters.” All tickets must be purchased at www.delshores.net.
Another — and much cleaner — comedy this week is Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem’s Night at the Wax Museum, as part of the theater’s summer camp “Adventures In Theatre.” The comic play, which will be performed at the Arts Council Theatre Friday and Saturday, follows six unlucky students who have to re-take a history class over the summer. For their class project the kids must help set up a new wax museum, which holds wacky and “lively” figures, such as Cleopatra, treasure-hungry outlaws and pirates, as well as unexpected adventures.
Next Saturday, Aug. 18, is the first concert performance of Theatre Alliance’s Taking My Turn, which will benefit the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem.
In other news, the Barn Dinner Theatre announced this week it will be holding auditions Aug. 25 for the comedy The Dixie Swim Club, in which performances are Sept.21-Nov.18. The theater is seeking five adult women who are capable of playing characters that age from mid-forties to midseventies. Candidates will read from the script. For more information contact director David Wright at 336.222.5001.