The 48 Hour Dance Project in photos

What happens when a ballet dancer has to learn to belly dance — or when an aerial artist has to learn to swing dance — in only two days flat? These are the questions that propel Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s 48 Hour Dance Project.

Last weekend, five local choreographers — a modern dance teacher, an African dancer, a belly dancer, aerialist and swing dancer — stepped up to the tremendous challenge: In exactly 48 hours, while working with dancers from various technical backgrounds assigned to them at random by pulling names from a hat, they created an original dance. After a weekend marathon of rehearsals, choreographers watched as their work was performed for two sold-out shows at the BeBe Theatre. The results were consistently wild, exciting and inspiring.

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Photos by Jonathan Welch

About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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