Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance Announces 15th Anniversary Season

Terspicorps Theater of Dance, North Carolina’s summertime professional contemporary ballet company headquartered in Asheville, announces its 15th Anniversary Season including the world premiere of “In Zelda’s Words” at the Diana Wortham Theatre, June 21-23, 2018 at 7:30pm and a tour of Western North Carolina with a performance at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville, NC on July 15 at 7:30 p.m., followed by the company’s debut appearance at the Brevard Music Festival at Brevard College on July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

 Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance kicks off its 15th anniversary season with a weeklong engagement at the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23.. This special program will feature the world premiere of “In Zelda’s Words”, choreographed by Terpsicorps Artistic Director Heather Maloy, and inspired by the story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s tragic relationship. This new work will feature the technical prowess of Terpsicorps’ critically acclaimed dancersalongside 1920’s jazz music arranged by local pianist Andrew Fletcher, performed live by the Firecracker Jazz Band. Zelda Fitzgerald lost her life in a fire at a mental hospital in Asheville, and the town has embraced her as one of their heroines. Maloy is excited to create a work that is both brimming with local history and timely in its exploration of a strong, brilliant woman striving to find her place in a world dominated by men.

In addition to premiering “In Zelda’s Words” this season, Terpsicorps is restaging “Second Line” and “Le Suil Go…” –  two favorite works from the company’s repertory, choreographed by Heather Maloy. Second Line was created shortly after Hurricane Katrina as a testament to the resiliency of the citizens of New Orleans, and the strong place that music and dance hold in the vibrancy of the historic city. A Second Line is what the dancers are called who follow the musicians in a New Orleans Jazz Funeral procession. Its inspiring, poignant, and athletic. Some of the movements were taken directly from Second Line dancers who were filmed at the first Mardi Gras after Katrina. “Second Line” is dedicated to Asheville artist John Payne, who passed away during the creation of the piece 10 years ago. It was John’s wish to have a Second Line at his funeral. “Le Suil Go…” (In the Hope That…) was created for the Nashville Ballet in 2003. This extremely challenging and athletic work pays homage to the spirit and tenacity of the Irish people. The light-hearted piece was created as a prayer for peace for all countries who have suffered generations of war and instability.  The program will also include “Afternoon of a Faun” choreographed by Salvatore Aiello and set on Terpsicorps by former North Carolina Dance Theater principal dancer Mel Tomlinson.

The 15th Anniversary Season continues in July with a performance at the Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theatre at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville, NC on Sunday, July 15, 2018.  This production is being presented in partnership with the Haywood County Arts Council. On Tuesday, July 17 Terpsicorps will make its debut appearance at the Brevard Music Festival, presented by the Brevard Music Center. A diverse program will include excerpts from “Le Suil Go” and “Afternoon of a Faun”, alongside audience favorites “Calm”, “Run Ragged”, and “Couch Potatoes.”

TERPSICORPS AT THE DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE – Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., 18 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. Tickets: $40 / $15 (limited) adults, $30 seniors, $20 students & teens, and $12 for youth (12 & under). Groups rates are available. Gala Night – Saturday, June 23, $150 VIP ticket includes a pre-show champagne toast and backstage tour, best seats in the house, and an elegant reception with the cast after the show. Tickets are available online through the Diana Wortham Theatre at www.dwtheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 828-257-4530. 

TERPSICORPS AT THE HAYWOOD ARTS REGIONAL THEATRE – Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m., the Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theatre, 250 Pigeon St, Waynesville, NC 28786. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 students & seniors, $10 youth. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2018 and will be available online at www.terpsicorps.org.

TERPSICORPS AT THE BREVARD MUSIC FESTIVAL – Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m., Porter Center at Brevard College, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712. Tickets: $40-$20, available for purchase online at www.tickets.brevardmusic.org or by calling the Box Office at 828-862-2130.

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.