Enjoy the performance of dance, down-home style when "Red, Hot 'N' Bluegrass" hits the stage on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m., at The Forum, Hal Rogers Center, in Hazard as part of the Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series.
The show is presented by The North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) which brings breathtaking beauty, boundless energy, and amazing athleticism. The shows have dazzled audiences the world over and brought critical acclaim in such cities as New York, London, Rome, Atlanta and Miami. Critics and theater-goers alike have hailed this troupe as "performers of stunning versatility and dramatic power." The repertory program consists of Alvin Ailey's inspiring choreography of "The River" set to an original score by Duke Ellington. "The River" is filled with stunning tableaux. The sections, with titles like "Meander" and "Falls" evoke in sound and movement the water's course.
The second piece in the program is Nicolo Fonte's daring "Brave!" about emotional courage, and ends with jubilance in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's "Shindig' featuring live music provided by the bluegrass band, The Greasy Beans from Asheville, NC. This particular piece intersperses square-dance ensemble patterns with playful flirtatious solos and duets grounded in rigorous classical ballet with the women on pointe.
While Greasy Beans is in the area, they will hold a workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Hindman at 6:30 p.m. in the Human Services Center. Hosted by the Pickers and Grinners, cost of the workshop is $5 per person.
Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for students, ages 6 to 18 years, and age five and younger are admitted for free.
Series grand benefactors are: Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Jackson, Hazard Clinic/Jackson Clinic, Kiwanis Club of Hazard and Perry Distributors Inc.
Event sponsors are: First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Hazard Lions Club, and My Favorite Things. Partial funding has been provided by Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Southern Arts Federation.
For more information, call Tammy Duff 487-3067 or Sandy Campbell 487-3070 or 800-246-7521 exts. 73067 or 73070.