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North Carolina Dance Theatre’s 2011-2012 Season

World premieres include Sleeping Beauty and Dangerous Liaisons

Innovative Works moves to the 701 N. Tryon Theater

Charlotte, N.C. – North Carolina Dance Theatre President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has announced the 2011-2012 Season. The season includes a mix of world premieres and company encores, as well as a blend of contemporary works and traditional favorites.

"When I’m creating a season I work to find a balance between what I think our audience will find entertaining and exciting, and what will challenge and inspire our dancers," said Bonnefoux.  

Highlights for the 2011-2012 season include legendary choreographer William Forsythe’s In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Part of the season opener, this contemporary ballet is one of many of the Company dancers’ favorite ballets. In November the Company ups the intensity of Innovative Works, a series known for its contemporary choreography and diversity of styles, by moving the series to the smaller, more intimate 701 North Tryon Theater.

The middle of the season brings two grand classical ballets by Bonnefoux. Nutcracker, performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, has become one of the region’s most popular holiday traditions. In March Bonnefoux presents a new ballet, Sleeping Beauty, a spectacular addition the Company’s classical repertoire. To close the season dancer Sasha Janes takes a break from performing to choreograph Dangerous Liaisons, a twisted tale of passion and betrayal with original music.

New Theater – 701 North Tryon
In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved to the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance at 701 North Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. The facility houses the Company’s rehearsal spaces, School of Dance and administrative offices. The building also includes the 200-seat 701 North Tryon Theater, where Innovative Works will be performed this November.

"We heard from the audience and dancers that they enjoy an intimate space for Innovative Works," said NC Dance Theatre Executive Director Doug Singleton. "The dancers thrive off the energy from the audience, and audience members often tell me how engaging it is to be close enough to the dancers to hear their breath." 

2011-2012 Matinee Magic Series
NC Dance Theatre remains committed to family-friendly programming through its Matinee Magic Series. Matinee Magic is an excellent and affordable way to introduce children to the wonderment of dance and to begin a family tradition of attending the ballet. With colorful sets and costumes, action packed adventures, and opportunities to meet the performers, Matinee Magic ballets are especially suited for the entire family.  

This year’s Matinee Magic Series is Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The subscription includes a post-performance reception with the cast after each Matinee Magic performance and an autographed poster.   

Matinee Magic subscriptions start as low as $23 for children. Regular subscription packages start at $78 for three shows. For more information or to subscribe call 704.335.1010 or visit ncdance.org

2011-2012 Season Performances

Director’s Choice
Knight Theater
October 13-15, 2011

For Director’s Choice, Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux chose three ballets. A dynamic, physical work by legendary choreographer William Forsythe, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is a contemporary masterpiece. The New York Times proclaimed, "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is Mr. Forsythe at his fierce finest." The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Everyone who sees William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is knocked out."

The excitement of Director’s Choice continues with Mark Diamond’s Bolero.  Diamond said the music, Ravel’s "Bolero," inspired him to create this piece. Set on a hot summer afternoon in a south of the border village, Bolero begins with the male dancers in siesta. As the ballet unfolds, the women dance with a growing intensity that entices the men awake and to their feet. Bonnefoux described Bolero saying, "It’s very steamy and sensuous, with a little bit of humor." 

Rounding out the performance is a world premiere by choreographer Sasha Janes. In addition to choreographing for the Company, Janes has danced with NC Dance Theatre for eight seasons and serves as rehearsal director. His ballet Tree Hugger was an audience favorite last season. 

Innovative Works
701 North Tryon Theater
November 3-5, 10-12 & 17-19, 2011

A signature series in NC Dance Theatre’s season, Innovative Works features cutting-edge choreography, diverse music and the intimate perspective afforded by the new 701 North Tryon Theater. This year choreographers Mark Diamond, David Ingram and Sasha Janes will all present new ballets, in addition to an encore performance of a work by Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden. 

"Moving Innovative Works to Dance Theatre’s home gives us the ability to try some new things we’re excited about," said Bonnefoux. "We’re taking Innovative Works from a performance to an experience, bringing the audience closer to the dancers than ever before."

The first two weekends of Innovative Works performances will include food and drink served throughout the evening, followed by dessert and coffee with the dancers after the performance.

"We want to better connect the audience with the dancers and artists," said Singleton. "We’re using the freedom of our performance space to make that possible." 

Belk Theater
December 9-11 & 16-18, 2011

"If you want to see the full-blown Nutcracker, this is the one," wrote Steven Brown in The Charlotte Observer. Nutcracker, Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition, celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season with a cast of over 100 dancers, including children from the community, and music by the Charlotte Symphony. As the anchor of Dance Theatre’s family-friendly Matinee Magic Series, Nutcracker is attended by over 10,000 each year.

The holiday classic, choreographed by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, follows the young Clara who receives a magical Nutcracker doll from her mysterious uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer. After a ferocious battle with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker comes to life and takes Clara on a journey to the majestic Land of Snow and the delectable Land of Sweets, where she is greeted by the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Sleeping Beauty 
Knight Theater
March 8-11 & 15-18, 2012

Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil with a single kiss has delighted audiences for years. NC Dance Theatre will perform Sleeping Beauty for the first time, featuring choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, gorgeous costumes and magical scenery. "Sleeping Beauty is the essence of classical ballet," said Bonnefoux. "I believe Charlotteans will enjoy the opulent sets and costumes of this beautiful production."

Sleeping Beauty was originally choreographed in 1890 by Marius Petipa, with music composed by Tchaikovsky, and is considered one of the most technically challenging story ballets for dancers. Bonnefoux, who is known for creating spectacular classical ballets including Cinderella and Peter Pan, plans to draw on his past to bring something special to his version of Sleeping Beauty. "I have a unique perspective on Petipa and Tchaikovsky because of my tenure as a principal dancer at Paris Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet," said Bonnefoux.

Dangerous Liaisons
Knight Theater
April 26-28, 2012

Dangerous Liaisons weaves audiences on a journey through a twisted tale of passion, betrayal and revenge. This provocative love story unfolds through the inventive choreography of Sasha Janes, original music by Ben Sollee and modern day scenery. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats throughout the thrilling ballet, which culminates in an intense duel to the death. 

The evening of Dangerous Liaisons kicks off with Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden’s Artifice. The intriguing ballet delves into the imagination of a circus ringmaster, as he creates his own personal symphony using a colorful cast of characters and music by the Kronos Quartet.


North Carolina Dance Theatre is a Charlotte-based ballet company focused on performing, inspiring and educating through artistically excellent programming. Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, NC Dance Theatre is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved to the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in Uptown Charlotte. The Center houses the Company’s administrative offices, rehearsal space and School of Dance. For more information visit ncdance.org.

North Carolina Dance Theatre is supported, in part, with operating support by the Arts & Science Council. Dance Theatre is also supported by individuals, corporations, and local and national foundations, the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.