Spark — An Evening to Benefit Dance ARIS

Arts & Entertainment
Fangmeyer Theatre at HART
Oct 21, 2016
6:45 PM - 9:30 PM

On Friday, October 21, the Haywood County Arts Council will offer Spark: An Evening to Benefit Dance ARĪS, which features three distinct dance styles rarely featured in combination: ballet, contemporary modern, and classical Indian dance. The performance will take place at the new Fangmeyer Theater at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART), with a pre-show gala catered by Harmon’s Den. Tickets will be $25 for the performance alone, $60 for the gala and performance package, and a $10 discount on all tickets for students 18 and under (or with valid ID). On Saturday, October 22, the dancers will offer a variety of workshops and master classes at Folkmoot’s Friendship Center.

This year’s artists are all professional or pre-professional dancers, and most are from or reside in Haywood County. Kendall Teague, Sky Byrd and River Byrd will perform classical and contemporary ballet pieces like those some may remember from the Atlanta Ballet. Erin Owen and Kendall Teague will perform contemporary modern dance works by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone. Aparna Keshaviah and Nisha Pai will present a modernization of Bharatanatyam – a south Indian classical dance style with theatrical roots over 2,000 years old. Each of the featured dancers were influenced by artists who visited their home towns when they were young, and through this performance, they hope to help build a program that will inspire a new generation of artists.