Can’t Miss Dance Events at The Peace Center

Tap Dogs

GREENVILLE, South Carolina – The Peace Center has added five dance events to the schedule:

Ballet Folklórico de México

Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Peace Concert Hall; $15-$55

Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico de México brings together the festive music, stomping celebrations, swirling dance and vibrant costumes of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era.

With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets and is comprised of 76 folk dancers. They have thrilled audiences all over the world with the nation’s diverse, folkloric dance styles and rich, colorful culture for more than six decades.

Dorrance Dance

Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.; Peace Concert Hall; $35-$55

Dorrance Dance is an award-winning dance company that aims to honor and expand America’s original art form: tap dance. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap,” and founder Michelle Dorrance has been called “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). In June, Dorrance received the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award.

The program includes the new and exhilarating Myelination (2017), the rarely seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One (2011) and the whimsical Jungle Blues (2012).

Currents by Mayumana

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.; Peace Concert Hall; $15-$45

Currents, by Tel Aviv performance troupe Mayumana, is inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest to find energy sources for the world.

Audience members will be taken on a non-stop, action packed journey between two troupes, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity. The show combines a variety of elements including specially designed musical instruments, massive video art projections and 11 skilled performers musically juggling between different sounds.

Tap Dogs

Friday, March 22, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.; Peace Concert Hall; $25-$55

The winner of more than 15 international awards including an Olivier Award (U.K.), an Obie Award (New York) and a Pegasus Award (Spoleto Festival in Italy), Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs is a 75-minute show combining the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing. Whether they are in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffolding, the Tap Dogs have been performing to the beat of their own drum since their world premiere in 1995. Success quickly followed with seasons in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and many other cities. A worldwide television audience of more than 3.4 billion saw 1,000 Tap Dogs performing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The global dance sensation has appeared in more than 330 cities and 37 countries, where 12 million people have been dazzled by the energy and imagination of these unique performers.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 8 p.m.; Peace Concert Hall; $25-$55

A singular presence in the ballet world, Dance Theatre of Harlem tours internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics and neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook as an affirmation of the power of art to transform, the Dance Theatre of Harlem company — comprised at that time of African American artists barred from US ballet companies because of the color of their skin — became an expression of human excellence that broke down barriers and inspired millions.

The evening’s program will include Valse Fantaisie (George Balanchine), This Bitter Earth (Christopher Wheeldon), Return (Robert Garland) and a new work by Claudia Schreier.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 864-467-3000 or 800-888-7768, in person at the Peace Center Box Office or online at www.peacecenter.org. Tickets go on sale to Peacekeepers beginning now and go on sale to the public on Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m. Handling fees will apply to phone and online sales. For more information about the Peace Center and its upcoming events, visit www.peacecenter.org.

 

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.