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NCDT shows ‘spirited athleticism’ in making dance innovations

NCDT shows ‘spirited athleticism’ in making dance innovations

There was plenty of pickin’ and strummin’ amid the pirouettes Wednesday night as North Carolina Dance Theatre and Greasy Beans tickled each other’s fancy for some “Dance Innovations” at the Amphitheater.

But before the company served up Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s party-hearty “Shindig,” members of NCDT’s resident stable of choreographers took their turn with a pair of ballets that opened the program on a more solemn note.

Mark Diamond’s “How Do I Love Thee” held the promise of romance, built on the enduringly famous relationships between two 19th-century couples: Robert and Clara Schumann, and Elizabeth (Barrett) and Robert Browning.

NCDT, Greasy Beans bring a bit of the South to ‘Dance Innovations’

NCDT, Greasy Beans bring a bit of the South to ‘Dance Innovations’

Generally, a night at the ballet obliges a certain air of poised sophistication, but North Carolina Dance Theatre in residence is throwing a shindig that calls for hand clappin’ and knee slappin’.

The company will perform Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s 2003 bluegrass inspired ballet “Shindig” at the annual “Dance Innovations” program at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

The raucous hoedown is complete with live accompaniment by Greasy Beans, an Asheville, N.C., based bluegrass string band.

The piece is always accompanied by live music, said NCDT Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes, and it has become an essential element.

Greasy Beans reunites for Chautauqua shindig

Greasy Beans reunites for Chautauqua shindig

Greasy Beans came around full circle before finding its way back to Chautauqua Institution.

The group of friends who got together in college and started a bluegrass band with a silly name played its first gig in 1991, said the band’s leader Josh Haddix.

It was in the basement of a dormitory at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C. Just a few weeks ago, the group found itself back at the its birthplace playing an alumni gathering.

Its next stop is Chautauqua.

The eclectic bluegrass string band will perform at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.