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Smart Bets: Zansa

Local Afropop band Zansa has big news: Frontman Adama Dembele recently returned from a trip to his home country, Ivory Coast, where he performed at the weeklong MASA Festival, according to a press release. Fellow Ivory Coast native and dancer Barakissa Coulibaly (pictured) just made her way to Asheville, where she’ll be teaching and performing […]

Hard Knock Life: "One of the important messages I wanted to portray was that these are really good women who are actually forced to do this work because it's the only way they can survive," says ACDT’s artistic director Susan Giles. Photo courtesy of ACDT

A dance for decent women

In the 35 years that Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre has operated in Asheville, it has earned a reputation for producing complex and thought-provoking work. Lead by artistic director Susan Collard and co-director Giles Collard, the company is drawn to dark subject matter, probing the complexity and dilemmas of the human world through modern dance and […]

Smart Bets: Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

The annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival was founded by folklorist Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. Each year, the event — the indoor, ticketed companion to Shindig on the Green — showcases "mountain performers who share songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage," according to press. This year's […]

Photo by Zaire Kacz

Dance dance evolution

The spark for Reborn came by way of a number of sources, from a bag of pantyhose to a photography series to the birth of Heather Maloy’s son. But Maloy, artistic director of Asheville’s Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, says that she doesn’t set out to collaborate with artists of various media when she’s creating a […]

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Dance into summer

If you want more dance, it’s a good time to find it. Here are some more movement events happening in the coming weeks. Bromelia takes to the air Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective knows how to fly. Its members will hurdle through the Orange Peel's atmosphere (while being careful not to hit to the giant fan) […]

Taking a spin: DJ Equal first tried out the turntables at Hip Replacements. He now lives in New York, but travels frequently.

Just there to dance

Asheville native Elliot Heller (aka DJ Equal) is based in New York City but returns to WNC on Friday, May 24 for a show at Club Tetrus. RBTS WIN also perform a DJ set as Brutal Wizards. (Mountain Xpress:) Tell us about your show at Club Tetrus. Heller: It's a dance party, it's a DJ […]

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Bear in Heaven isn’t afraid to dance

Bear in Heaven has always occupied an ambiguous space, somewhere between experimental indie rock and noisy, towering electronics. The band’s latest album, I Love You, It’s Cool, blurs the line even more, unapologetic in its polished, synth-driven dance aesthetic. One could argue that’s where the band has always been headed, but this time the evolution […]