UNC Process Series Opens Season With Dance

This weekend, Gerrard Hall will play host to a dance performance choreographed and performed entirely by UNC students, inspired by an historic solo by the legendary Martha Graham.

The show is called “Lamentation Variation Project.” Curated by UNC professor Heather Tatreau, it stems from a visit last spring by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Students are creating variations on Graham’s 1930 solo “Lamentation” – which sought to embody the concept of grief, Tatreau says.

“Lamentation Variation Project” will be the first show of UNC’s 2015/16 Process Series, an annual performing arts program founded by Joseph Megel that showcases innovative works in progress.

Megel and Tatreau stopped by WCHL on Tuesday and spoke with Aaron Keck.


“Lamentation Variation Project” is the first student dance project in the Process Series’ eight-year history. Shows will be on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, at 8 pm in Gerrard Hall. Admission is free.

For the full Process Series schedule, visit this page.


Triangle Youth Ballet Marks 20 Years Of “The Nutcracker”

Head to Chapel Hill High School’s Hanes Theater this weekend for Triangle Youth Ballet‘s twentieth annual performance of “The Nutcracker”!

The show features a live orchestra and an all-volunteer cast of more than a hundred, with the main dancers selected from various local studios back in August.

“The Nutcracker” plays at the Hanes Theater on Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, December 7, at 1:00 and 4:30. If you miss this weekend, you can catch it again at the Carolina Theater in Durham, next Saturday at 1:00 and 7:00.

TYB artistic director Lauren de Haas and orchestra director Andrew McAfee stopped by WCHL on Tuesday and spoke with Aaron Keck.


For ticket information, visit this link.


Festifall to Crowd Franklin Street Sunday

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill’s 41st annual Festifall on Franklin Street is Sunday.

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“We always get excited for this beautiful event. It’s been voted the last 3 consecutive years as Chapel Hill’s best event,” event organizer Wes Tilghman says.

Festifall is on West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.  Tilghman and Chapel Hill Public Library staff member, Megan Rosen say this year the event is bigger than ever.

Attendees can expect art, music, live performances, local food, good reads, and plenty of dancing.

“We’ve got over 80 artists, 4 live performance areas, and we’re going to invite some of the local restaurants to the streets with us to join in,” Tilghman says.

Six blocks of West Franklin Street will be filled with all types of different artists, and community organizations from the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area. Over 120 different exhibitors will be at the festival.

Chapel Hill’s newly expanded and improved Public Library will host one of the exhibits with a digital book-mobile. And Rosen says it won’t be hard for the attraction to catch your attention.

“We’re bringing in an 18-wheeler that’s loaded for bear,” Rosen says, “It’s a 74-foot long tractor trailer, that’s tricked out with broadband internet access, HD monitors, an awesome sound system, and lots of interactive video and instructional material about downloading e-books from the Chapel Hill Public Library.”

Rosen says library staff members will be there to answer questions, help people browse the library collections, and see what it is the new library has to offer.

“We’re really hoping to expand people’s awareness of their community-owned resources at the library,” Rosen says.

WCHL’s own Aaron Keck will host the Dance Evolution stage. The stage will feature a lot of different types of dance, and dance productions.

“They’re going to get the crowd pretty involved, so you might find yourself on stage,” Tilghman says, “There will be lots of fun, local entertainers that everyone knows, and have heard before.”

Tilghman and Rosen hope you come out Sunday to support local artists, to purchase gifts, to grub on great, local dishes; or go to browse 6 blocks of Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s finest.

For more information about Festifall, click here.