Fall arts guide: This season’s dance highlights, from classic to contemporary

Dorrance Dance’s “Myelination” comes to Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall Nov. 12-13th.
Dorrance Dance’s “Myelination” comes to Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall Nov. 12-13th. Matthew Murphey

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Fall Arts Guide 2018

Your guide to art openings, concerts, theater, dance, festivals and more in the Triangle.

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Carolina Ballet

Fletcher Opera Theater or Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Subscriptions on sale. 919-719-0900 or carolinaballet.com

“FIREBIRD & A Tribute to Russian Ballet & Its Composers.” Sept. 13-30. Fletcher Opera Theater. The classic Russian fairy tale with score by Igor Stravinsky and more.

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Carolina Ballet’s “FIREBIRD & A Tribute to Russian Ballet & Its Composers,” a classic Russian fairy tale with score by Igor Stravinsky and more, will be performed Sept. 13 to Sept. 30th at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. Rachel Neville Photography

“Dracula,” Oct. 11-28. Fletcher Opera Theater. Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s version is back by popular demand with live music, plus artistic director Robert Weiss’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.”

“The Planets,” Nov. 21-25. Memorial Auditorium. New choreography by Robert Weiss and Zalman Raffael with mobiles by Durham artist Guy Solie, plus George Balanchine’s “Apollo.”

“The Nutcracker.” Ever-popular favorite with live music. Dec. 1-2, Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill; Dec. 14-23, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium; Dec. 29-30, Durham Performing Arts Center.

Carolina Performing Arts

Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill. carolinaperformingarts.org

Company Wayne McGregor, “Autobiography.” Oct. 25. Based on Britain’s Wayne McGregor’s own genetic sequencing. Tickets from $37.

Dorrance Dance, “Myelination.” Nov. 12-13. Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance returns home. Tickets from $27.

Carolina Theatre

309 W. Morgan St., Durham. carolinatheatre.org

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russia Nutcracker,” Dec. 11-13, 7 p.m. Pick-up company of touring Russian dancers. Tickets start at $28.

Duke Performances

Durham Fruit and Produce Co., 305 S. Dillard St., Durham.

Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke’s Bryan Center, 125 Science Drive, West Campus.

919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.org

Jason Moran, “Fats Waller Dance Party,” Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Durham Fruit and Produce. Dancing to jazz, $15, $10 Duke students, standing room, extremely limited seating.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Sept. 23, 3 p.m. Reynolds Industries Theater. Group from South India performing classic Odissi dance that recounts Hindi epics, and Chitrasena Dance Company from Sri Lanka performing “Samhāra.” $25, $10 Duke students, reserved seating.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers, “Ink.” Nov 9-10, 8 p.m. Reynolds Industries Theater. The last of her trilogy on black identity, with a focus on black men along with African traditions and the African diaspora. $25, $10 Duke students, reserved seating.

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“Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games†comes to Durham Performing Arts Center Oct. 11th. This is the 20th anniversary of Michael Flatley’s Irish-dancing hit with dancing robots and acrobats. Brian Doherty

Durham Performing Arts Center

123 Vivian St., Durham


“Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.” Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. 20th anniversary of Michael Flatley’s Irish-dancing hit. This version includes dancing robots and acrobats. Tickets start at $36.

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Gaspard&Dancers will complete the Basquiat inspired trilogy with a solo titled "27." The company will also perform an old favorite and crowd-pleasing piece Souke-shake inspired by the Haiti earthquake of 2010. Robin Gallant

Gaspard & Dancers

Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke’s Bryan Center, West Campus


Gaspard Louis and his company perform “Souke-shake” about the 2010 Haiti earthquake, plus the final piece in Louis’ trilogy about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Oct. 5-6, 8 p.m.



David Roussève/ Reality, “Halfway to Dawn – The Strayhorn Project.” Sept. 15, 8 p.m. NCSU’s Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union. Free, work-in-progress showing.

Linda Haac is a Chapel Hill-based freelance writer.
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