Summer's Harvest

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September 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. and September 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Pease Auditorium
Tickets: $10
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CPCC Dance Theatre’s Summer’s Harvest offers an evening of dance dedicated to the ideals of tradition and history – both European and American. Peasant Pas De Deux, from the first Act of the 19th century Romantic ballet Giselle, is a divertissement (diversion from the main plot of the story) that was not part of the ballet originally, and the exact date of its addition is not known. Adding to this mystery is the identity of the choreographer – though it is widely believed to be the work of Danish choreographer August Bournonville, it is impossible to be sure. As well, A. Adam wrote the score for Giselle, but Bergmuller wrote the score for Peasant Pas De Deux. Whatever its origins – it continues to be performed as a highlight of the first Act of Giselle, and independently, as it will be seen in Summer’s Harvest. Ron Sequoio’s Rondo for Seven is another ballet in the Romantic style, yet it is far more contemporary in origin. Created in the early 1960’s, Mr. Sequoio premiered his masterpiece with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet to extensive critical acclaim. Katharyn Horne, who restaged this ballet for CPCC Dance Theatre, was a featured performer in the original cast. Premiering in Summer’s Harvest is Clay Daniel’s Keetoowah Dawn, a work inspired by Daniel’s research of the history illuminating The Eastern Band of the Cherokee people – whom to this day thrive in part of their ancestral homeland: The Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Through dance, song and narration, Keetoowah Dawn is a modern interpretation of the experience of this ancient and noble tribe: Their lives, their loves and their hope for the future in their mountain home.