The Asheville Ballet kicks off its 2016–17 Season with “Fall into Dance: An Autumn Harvest 2.” The production will be held September 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. outdoors in downtown Asheville on the stage of Roger McGuire Park. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy an hour of dance and live music. The concert is free as part of the company’s community outreach program.
“Having this show outside is really an experience,” says Ann Dunn, artistic director. “To dance with the breeze on your face and the sky overhead, it really makes for a magical evening.”
This summer seven choreographers create an eclectic mix of dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, and in moods from humorous to thought provoking. “We want to introduce people to other forms of dance that they might not be familiar with or wouldn’t reach out for themselves,” says Dunn. “And it also allows them a non-traditional space to experience a meaningful and entertaining time.”
Dunn presents two original works set to live music, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and an original rock/jazz percussion solo—“Walking the Streets”—which expresses the joy and compulsion of moving through urban landscapes, with no particular destination or goal other than being present and watching. To perform this piece, Dunn welcomes its composer, jazz-fusion drummer Jeff Snipe, who just wrapped up touring with the Jerry Garcia Orchestral Experience.
The evening features dance soloist Megan Jones Medford, who has recently rejoined her old company after moving back to Asheville from a prestigious career in New York City. “I am thrilled to be back dancing in my hometown,” says Medford, who also teaches dance. “I’m ecstatic to share this beautiful outdoor stage with such talented artists.”
Asheville Ballet is North Carolina’s oldest non-profit ballet company. First incorporated in 1963, the company has created and presented work in Asheville every year since. The season will continue with “The Nutcracker” December 8–11, and “Spring into Dance: A Movement Bouquet” May 26–27, both at Diana Wortham Theatre.
Roger McGuire Park is located downtown at 121 College Street. The program is free and donations are appreciated. For more information call Ann Dunn at 828.215.3728 or visit ashevilleballet.com.