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.

Fall 2015 Schedule

Antigone, by Sophokles – Featuring Juliette Binoche, Directed by Ivo van Hove

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:00PM

Memorial Hall

“Binoche has real power, a way of seizing the colloquial beauty of Anne Carson’s new translation.” – The Times (UK)

Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in this stunning contemporary interpretation of Sophokles’ classic Greek masterpiece, translated afresh by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson. This explosive tragedy explores many struggles: man against woman, political against ethical leadership, the laws of society against the right of the individual, family and its unbreakable blood ties. When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Forging ahead with a funeral on her own, she places personal allegiance before politics and triggers a cycle of destruction.



UMUSUNA, Memories Before History – Sankai Juku

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00PM

Memorial Hall

BUTOH (bootō): A minimalistic, expressionistic dance form that arose in post-war 1960s Japan in reaction to the atom bomb. Featuring talc-covered dancers and stylized, often convulsive movements, this theatrical art form has been described as “unclassifiable.”

Japanese choreographer/director/designer Ushio Amagatsu and his company Sankai Juku are revered around the world for their contemporary butoh creations—sublime dance-theater experiences steeped in elegance, technical precision and emotional depth. Influenced by French surrealist theater, German expressionist dance and Japanese forms such as kabuki, the butoh movement philosophy arose from Japan’s experimental performances of the 1960s. In an ever-unfolding, color-saturated landscape, the monumental UMUSUNA delves into the mystery of the creation of the world—a mystery that has haunted mankind since the beginning. This transcendent meditation on time features music by Kako Takashi, YAS-KAZ and Yoshikawa Yōichirō.

You Us We All – An Opera by Shara Worden – libretto, direction and design by Andrew Ondrejcak – performed by BOX Baroque Orchestration X

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:30PM

Memorial Hall

ALLEGORY (al ·gôrē): Literary device that conveys often abstract ideas beyond the narrative itself. Often associated with symbolism, the term encompasses a long tradition from Plato to Augustine to George Orwell.

Multi-talented performer/composer Shara Worden returns to Memorial Hall with artist Andrew Ondrejcak in this irreverent take on elaborate 16th and 17th-century court masques. Written specifically for BOX, the premier contemporary baroque orchestra under the direction of Pieter Theuns, the allegorical characters Death, Love, Virtue, Hope and Time reflect on the meaning of their lives in our modern world. As the characters perform, Time strips away the layers of pomp and artifice that had given them shape. Pruned of its clothes, roles and story, the opera turns radically inward as everything is destroyed.