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2013-2014 SEASON

North Carolina Dance Theatre’s 2013-2014 performance season has audiences experiencing an inspiring mix of new, contemporary ballets, the retelling of classic stories like Carmen and Othello and storybook favorites including Nutcracker and Cinderella.


Limitless - photo Jeff Cravotta.jpg CARMEN

Oct. 17-19, 2013 / Knight Theater

A sultry start to the season – Carmen – is a thrilling and dangerous tale of ill-fated attraction. The ballet features Bizet’s famous score for opera, but the similarities end there. Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes’ Carmen takes the story of passion and betrayal from Spain to Charlotte, set in 1934 during the textile mill strikes. In Janes’ creation, Carmen is as a feisty mill worker who seduces her captor, a National Guard soldier called in to temper the strike. Carmen moves on to a new lover, a baseball star in the Carolinas Baseball League, which was created from textile mills fielding teams throughout the Carolinas. 

Bonus: The evening of Carmen opens with George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, set by associate artistic director and former Balanchine muse, Patricia McBride. Western Symphony is a striking example of Balanchine’s fascination with American themes. Set on a rugged Old West street populated by cowboys and dance hall girls, the ballet nevertheless is very much a classical work. Balanchine used steps from the traditional ballet vocabulary, but he infused them with the formations and gestures of American folk dancing.


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Nutcracker

Dec. 13-22, 2013 / Belk Theater

Nutcracker celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season! Come along for this holiday voyage featuring choreography by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music from the Charlotte Symphony and over 100 performers. Be there as the Nutcracker Prince triumphs over the evil Mouse King and as the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the audience with dazzling dancing sweets.

Nutcracker is recommended for all ages. Wondering at what age your child is ready to attend a performance? A good gauge is if they’re able to sit through a movie. Run time: approximately 2 hours with an intermission.


Innovative Works - photo Jeff Cravotta.jpg Innovative Works

Jan. 23 – Feb. 15, 2014 / 701 N. Tryon Theater

The popular Innovative Works series challenges the dancers and audiences with new choreography of diverse styles. The intimate 701 N. Tryon Theater gives audiences an unprecedented viewing experience and access to the dancers and artists. New this season, NC Dance Theatre is partnering with local visual, performing and musical artists to collaborate on the creation of each ballet. Choreographers Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, Sasha Janes and Dwight Rhoden are selecting partners whose work will appeal to Charlotte’s diverse community. Join us at Innovative Works for the results of these collaborations – thought-provoking, cutting-edge and exhilarating dance.


Peter Pan 1 - photo Jeff Cravotta.jpg Cinderella

March 6-16, 2014 / Knight Theater

Storytelling at its finest – Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s colorful and classic Cinderella is full of magic, humor and romance. Audiences of all ages enjoy the beloved fairy tale of a young girl who goes from being a lonely servant to a beautiful princess. With extravagant sets and costumes and powered by Prokofiev’s lush score, Cinderella includes a rich array of characters including silly step-sisters, a delightful princess, entertaining puppets and, of course, a handsome prince.

Cinderella is recommended for all ages. Wondering at what age your child is ready to attend a performance? A good gauge is if they’re able to sit through a movie. Run time: approximately 2 hours with an intermission.


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April 24-26, 2014 / Knight Theater

Deception, desire and paparazzi take center stage in Dwight Rhoden’s adaptation of Othello. A musical theater style production with original music, Othello sizzles as it puts Shakespeare’s characters into a 21st century rock and roll lifestyle. Iago, the story’s narrator, is a one-hit wonder with a stalled career and an insatiable hunger for the spotlight. He wishes to bring Othello, a powerful music industry exec, down and uses Othello’s pop star wife, Desdemona, in his scheme. This contemporary adaptation of Othello showcases the dancers’ athleticism and theatrical flair with seductive pas de deuxs and large scale, intricate dance numbers. Othello is so dramatic it could be ripped from the gossip headlines of today!

Bonus: Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is proud to announce NC Dance Theatre will perform a work by choreographer Jiri Kylian for the first time. Kylian’s somber and soulful Forgotten Land, which takes inspiration from a painting of water eroding the shore, opens the Othello evening.