Unique theatre and dance performances will take the stage in the High Country this summer
BOONE, NC — An Appalachian Summer Festival is proud to present unique works of theatre and dance to captivate and inspire audiences this season. The 2018 performances include Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, and the North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s production of The Legend of Buster Neal. These performances will take the stage at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and the Valborg Theatre on the campus of Appalachian State University.
The festival is offering a free child’s ticket (17 and under) with the purchase of an adult ticket for theatre, dance and classical music programming that is part of the 2018 season.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Wednesday, July 11
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
With its bold vision, groundbreaking repertoire and virtuoso dancers, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) is known as one of the country’s preeminent touring contemporary ballet companies. A European sensibility mixed with American athleticism forges ASFB’s aesthetic, as the company has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre. ASFB’s adventurous repertoire, ranging from accessible to sophisticated, resonates with energy and eclecticism.
The performance includes Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land, a work set to four heart-rending pieces for solo piano written by composer Leos Janacek. Fernando Melo plays with perspective in his floor work Dream Play followed by Cayetano Soto’s funny and playful Huma Rojo, commissioned for the company’s 20th anniversary celebration.
For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/aspen-santa-fe-ballet.
BODYTRAFFIC – Saturday, July 28
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. With their versatile repertoire BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized as bridging both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts with works by today’s most distinctive choreographic voices such as Kyle Abraham, Hofesh Shechter, Barak Marshall, Richard Siegal, and Victor Quijada among others.
The performance includes The New 45, choreographed by Richard Siegal, that originally premiered in 2008 at The Athens International Dance Festival. Joshua L. Peugh’s A Trick of the Light was inspired by the rare “green flash” that occurs just before the sun disappears from view at sunset is followed by an excerpt from Stijn Celis’ Fragile Dwellings, which is dedicated to the homeless Los Angelinos, based on a dialogue with silence and emptiness. Finally, Richard Siegal’s o2Joy pays homage to American jazz standards through and expression of sheer joy through music and movement.
For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/bodytraffic.
North Carolina Black Repertory Company: The Legend of Buster Neal
Friday, July 20
2 p.m., 8 p.m., Valborg Theatre
Written and Directed by Jackie Alexander, The North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s production of The Legend of Buster Neal tells the story of four generations of African American men and the challenges each face. When a fearless civil rights activist reappears 60 years after his supposed death, he is confronted with his ultimate challenge, his great-great grandson. This powerful drama questions the true definition of manhood and examines the meaning of legacy, friendship and fatherhood.
About The North Carolina Black Repertory Company – The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC), North Carolina’s only professional black theatre company, exposes diverse audiences to classics and new works of African-American drama, while nurturing the talents of future performers through its Teen Theatre Ensemble program. NCBRC is universally recognized for its international outreach program, The National Black Theatre Festival ® (NBTF). Presented every odd numbered year, the festival hosts upwards of 120 performances, attracts over 65,000 visitors to Winston-Salem, and has contributed approximately $220 million dollars to the Winston-Salem economy since its inception in 1989.
For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/the-legend-of-buster-neal.
Tickets: With ticket prices ranging from $5-$55, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets. Purchase any five adult tickets, in any combination and receive 10% off. This “Pick 5” ticket discount is only applied to purchases at the box office or by phone. The discount cannot be applied to online orders, films or student/child tickets. The festival is offering a free child’s ticket (17 and under) with the purchase of an adult ticket for theatre, dance and classic music. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at appsummer.org.
About An Appalachian Summer Festival: Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.
Festival Corporate Sponsors: Westglow Resort and Spa, McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Sky Best Communications, Appalachian Home Care, Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore, Panoramic Hospitality, Holiday Inn Express-Boone, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, and Creekside Electronics
Festival Media Sponsors: WBTV, WCYB, Charter Media, Our State Magazine, Creative Loafing Charlotte, YES! Weekly, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, WNC Magazine, High Country Radio, WHKY AM 1290, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM and WASU 90.5FM.