Dance ARĪS


Spark: An Evening to Benefit Dance ARĪS

Friday, October 21, 2016
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
Gala: 6:45 p.m.
Performance: 8:00 p.m.

It has been over 10 years since the Haywood County Arts Council brought the Atlanta Ballet to Haywood County to showcase classical dance – an experience as educational as it was beautiful. With deep roots in mountain folk dance, we have always had dance within close reach, and today our area boasts successful dance studios and the cultural richness of Folkmoot. Given that one of the goals of the Haywood County Arts Council is to expand the types of art our organization supports, we would like to renew old traditions and provide a platform for professional classical and contemporary dance to return to our county. To this end, we are supporting the creation of an annual dance artist residency.

The mission of this initiative is to increase classical and contemporary dance offerings in Haywood County by hosting professional companies and/or individual artists as part of a yearly residency.  The residency will include staged performances that bring new, high quality offerings to our seasoned audiences, as well as classes and outreach activities to schools and underserved communities in the region, to increase younger generations’ contact and engagement with dance. Our working title for the residency is Dance ARĪS (pronounced “arise”), which stands for Artist Residency in the Smokies. In future years, we are open to creating endowed (named) fellowships to sponsor artists.

This fall, we are planning an inaugural performance to give audiences a taste of what is to come. On Friday, October 21, we will offer Spark: An Evening to Benefit Dance ARĪS. Spark will take place at the new Fangmeyer Theater at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART), with a pre-show gala catered by Harmon’s Den. Tickets will be $25 for the performance alone, and $60 for the gala and performance package, with a $10 discount on all tickets for students 18 and under (or with valid ID). Parking note: Both HART stages will be in use Oct. 21. Please consider parking across the street at Steeplechase Toffee. 

The evening will feature three distinct performance styles by professional dancers, most of whom are from or reside in Haywood County.

  • Kendall Teague, Sky Byrd and River Byrd will perform classical and contemporary ballet pieces like those you may remember from the Atlanta Ballet.
  • Erin Owen and Kendall Teague will perform contemporary modern dance works by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone.
  • Aparna Keshaviah and Nisha Pai will present a modernization of Bharatanatyam – a south Indian classical dance style with theatrical roots over 2,000 years old.

Each of the featured dancers were influenced by artists who visited their home towns when they were young, and through this performance, they hope to help build a program that will inspire a new generation of artists. The dancers will also offer workshops and master classes at Folkmoot’s Friendship Center on Saturday, October 22.

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