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Arts & Dialogue

Art does not invite us merely to sit in a chair. It challenges us to think, to talk, and to share.

Honors Carolina students receive free tickets to extraordinary events in the Carolina Performing Arts series on a first-come, first-served basis. Each performance is followed by a roundtable discussion of the evening’s event, often attended by the artists themselves.

Spring 2014 Schedule

One Night in Bamako / The Magic of Mali

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00PM©Youri Lenquette. France. Paris. 12/2010.  Fatoumata Diawara.

Two of Mali’s greatest talents unite for a special concert and a spellbinding evening. Bamako, the heartland of World Music, is the largest city and capital of Mali and home to a cultural renaissance. International star Bassekou Kouyate, one of Africa’s finest instrumentalists, has found that renaissance endangered by civil unrest in his homeland. One Night in Bamako celebrates Mali’s diverse culture and world music royalty.

Bassekou Kouyate’s music resembles American blues in its style and its storytelling heritage. He revolutionized the ngoni, an ancient instrument resembling the banjo, and formed Ngoni Ba, the first ngoni quartet in Mali.

Perpetuating Mali’s rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara combines songs about love, politics and empowerment with arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements. Inspired by jazz and blues, Diawara has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin.

Compagnie Käfig

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:30PMagwa

Käfig’s sensational double bill Correria and Agwa derives from an encounter between Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki and 11 young male dancers from Rio de Janeiro at the Lyon Dance Biennial in 2006. Their stories about life in the favelas—Brazilian shanty towns—and their determination to make something of themselves struck a profound chord with Merzouki and inspired him to create two heart-stopping works that showcase the young Brazilians’ dazzling virtuosity.

The company’s thrilling combination of hip-hop, capoeira, samba, electronic music and bossa nova culminates in a dance performance with astonishing acrobatic skills filled with energy and invention. Correria plunges us into a frantic, hectic race just like the one that governs our daily lives. Agwa is all about water—the most vital component of the human body, a precious natural resource to be preserved, and a symbol of renewal.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Songs of the Wanderers

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30PMCloud Gate

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan transforms ancient aesthetics into a thrilling modern celebration of motion. Immersed in everything from meditation to martial arts to modern dance, Cloud Gate returns to Memorial Hall for its third visit in a stunning production of Songs of the Wanderers. Inspired by the quest for enlightenment and wealth of sacred traditions throughout Asia, choreographer Lin Hwai-min transforms ancient rites into resonant dance theatre.

A visually stunning poem to spiritual pilgrimage, Songs of the Wanderers creates a world of intense reverence. Evocative movements set to soulful Georgian folk songs are brought to life on an astonishing set with over three tons of shimmering golden grains of rice. A monk stands still at a downstage corner for the entire performance, a stream of rice grains flowing from above and onto his shaved head, transforming from a river to hills to a desert, showering like a summer storm and waterfalls.