One, two, triple step

Participating in Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s 48 Hour Dance Project — a marathon of dance rehearsals leading up to a public performance at the BeBe Theatre — was an amazingly challenging, inspiring and terrifying experience. Terrifying? Really? Yes! Though I’ve been a dancer all my life, I had no experience with partner dancing (except for […]

The sightlines of love

S/He Loves Me, S/He Loves Me Not, a modern-dance-meets-musical showcase, explores the giddy, passionate, turbulent and tumultuous — along with the sweet and triumphant — emotions inspired by love. Members of Moving Women, Asheville’s female-fronted performance ensemble and a project of Arts2People, partnered with area musicians and visual artists to present a funny, contemplative and […]

Winging it with style: An interview with Peter Himmelman

The WNC Jewish Federation presents two fundraising events this weekend: A discussion with author Scott Bernard titled “Jews, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll,” on Saturday, and a concert at the Orange Peel featuring rock musician Peter Himmelman and Asheville’s own Skinny Legs And All on Sunday. Check out an Xpress interview with Himmelman, who talks about his creative process, the challenges and inspiration of keeping the traditions of his faith and his “I’m just going to wing it” performance style.

A feast of dance

Magic and theatricality are key words of inspiration for the dancers involved in Asheville Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. “The story is really important to us because it’s aimed at young people and families,” says Ann Dunn, the director of the dance company, now in its 51st performance season.  The curtain rises on a […]

Sausage lovers, angry mice and a shriveled-face princess

Sugar plum fairies are ousted. In their place? Giant cats, a sausage-worshipping King, a princess with a shriveled face and a Mouse King with a thirst for vengeance. That’s all in Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s upcoming performance, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This season, Susan and Giles Collard, artistic director and co-director of the […]

B-boys rockin’ on and on

Breakdancer Michael “Frantic” Pelletier of Columbia, S.C., and Joseph Adams, of Asheville’s own Hunab Kru (a b-boy/b-girl collective), have a vision to establish a high-energy, all-inclusive break-dancing scene in Asheville. That vision takes flight at the upcoming Southeast B-Boy Championships, slated for Saturday, Nov. 6 at the YMI Cultural Center in downtown Asheville. Pelletier, who […]