Friday, May 11, 2012

NCDT's season: From Neverland to D.C.

N.C. Dance Theatre has finally unveiled its schedule for next season, which will conclude with a preview of the company's summer 2013 visit to the Kennedy Center. 

The season most notable ingredients include a revival of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's "Peter Pan," a second look at Twyla Tharp's "The Golden Section," and a new work by Jiri Bubenicek, the Czech choreographer NCDT introduced to Charlotte last year. If those sound familiar, it may be because I mentioned them here a few weeks ago, before NCDT's plans were complete. 

Some new details: 

The season opener will include artist director Bonnefoux's "July's Delight," based on Strauss waltzes and other bubbly Viennese music. Premiered at the company's summer home, the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, it will now get its Charlotte premiere.  

The annual "Innovative Works" will have four weekends of performances in the compact theater at NCDT's home on North Tryon Street. The company has been moving towards multiple weekends, when the market for a given program will bear them, partly in the hope that word of mouth will have time to boost ticket sales. "Peter Pan" will run for two weekends. 

The season finale will include "Rhapsodic Dances" by Sasha Janes, NCDT's rehearsal director. The work, premiered last fall, is an elegant showpiece based on Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." Washington's Kennedy Center has picked it for NCDT's appearance at a dance festival there in June 2013.  

Here's the season's full schedule: 

Oct. 25-27: Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's "July's Spirit"; new works by Dwight Rhoden and Sasha Janes. Knight Theater. 

Dec. 8-9, 14-16, 21-13: Bonnefoux's "Nutcracker." Belk Theater. 

Jan. 24-26; Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16: Annual "Innovative Works," new choreography by Rhoden, Janes, Mark Diamond and David Ingram. Bonnefoux/McBride Center, 701 N. Tryon. 

March 7-10 and 15-17: Bonnefoux's "Peter Pan." Knight Theater. 

April 25-27: New work by Jiri Bubenicek; Janes' "Rhapsodic Dances"; Twyla Tharp's "The Golden Section." Knight Theater. 

Subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale in August.  

(Photo of Miami City Ballet in "The Golden Section": Kyle Froman Photography)