Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance presents “Hunger,” June 26-28

From a press release:

Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance presents Hunger, June 26-28

Terpsicorps, the unconventional professional ballet company that delights Asheville with vivid cutting-edge dance, brings you the world premiere of HUNGER.  Premiering at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville on June 26-28, 2014, and showcasing celebrated international dancers, choreographer Heather Maloy’s newest creation dares to ask the question, “What do you hunger for?”

Maloy started thinking about what drives us as human beings.  What are our needs, our desires?  What is at our core shaping who we are as people?  At the root, we are all hungry.  Most of us not in the strict use of the term, but we all have something that we crave.  Deep within the human soul lies an emptiness that screams to be fed.  For some it is a desire for love, for others acceptance.  Maybe your hunger calls out for power, spiritual enlightenment, money, knowledge, youth or fame.  Maybe it is darker.  There are those that have violence within them, or sexual desires that they know are unacceptable within society’s norms.  Some hungers can be satiated and others simply reside within us, guiding our lives.  Told through vignettes that range from funny to shocking, HUNGER will remove the veil that shrouds our most primal urges, bringing them into the spotlight.

Terpsicorps shows such as “Reborn”, “Vampyre” and “The Rite of Spring” are one of Asheville’s most treasured annual events. Now in her twelfth season of being artistic director, Heather Maloy, a nationally acclaimed choreographer, continues to create work that delights the senses, tickles the funny bone and sheds light on the complexities of the human experience.

It is Maloy’s hope that with HUNGER audience members will walk away taking a closer look at how their own deepest desires impact their behavior and place in the world.  Then maybe they will ponder how far they would be willing to go to fulfill a need as basic and undeniable as a hunger for food.  A nation that ignores the needy is a nation that faces the consequences of the actions of desperate people.  As the chasm between the rich and the poor grows ever wider, this becomes one of the most relevant issues we will have to face, on both sides of the divide.

Venezuelan photographer, Zaire Kacz, has become an integral part of the Terpsicorps artistic team.  One of the first steps in fleshing out the concept for “HUNGER” was to get a dancer in front of the camera and let Kacz work her magic.  Maloy conveyed her emotional and visual motivation to Kacz and dancer Kristin D’Addario, and then left them to themselves so they could reach deep inside and pull out their own primal yearnings.  The result is a stunning, sexy and at times disturbing series of images that demand a second look and a moment to reflect. Look for a gallery opening, yet to be announced, to present the work and for them to be on display at the performances.
Rounding out the program is a fun and athletic world premiere by Terpsicorps’ ballet master and newest choreographic voice, Christopher Bandy.

HUNGER – June 26-28, 8pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC. $30 / $28 seniors / $25 students / $20 teens (12-17) / $12 children. To purchase tickets, call 828-257-4530 or visit dwtheatre.com
Gala Night – June 26, 7pm, Includes pre-show champagne toast and backstage tour, as well as VIP tickets for the show and admittance to the after party. $75 To purchase tickets, call 828-257-4530 or visit dwtheatre.com


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