North Carolina Dance Theatre: Carmen
Oct 17 - 19 , 2013 · KNIGHT THEATER at Levine Center for the Arts
$25 - $85
A story of passion and seduction set in Charlotte
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 closes 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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- Infrared listening system for people with hearing impairments
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Wheelchair seating
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Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Knight Theater, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of 1st and S. Tryon Streets.
SERVICES FOR THE VISUALLY-IMPAIRED
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions.
Large Print Programs
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SERVICES FOR THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING
Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested.
Assistive Listening Devices
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