Mountain Xpress: NCDF Asheville Preview

By Lauren Stepp

ASHEVILLE N.C.— It’s been 10 years since the North Carolina Dance Festival took center stage at the Diana Wortham Theatre, but the initiative goes back much further. “It started 27 years ago as a way to connect dance communities across North Carolina,” says co-director Anne Morris. “Our founder, Jan Van Dyke, wanted artists to show their work at various venues without having to leave the state.”

And, while that remains the festival’s underlying mission, NCDF has transformed in years past, working to accommodate unconventional choreography and nontraditional venues. This year, it comes to the BeBe Theatre for performances on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

Though only a few hours’ drive from Western North Carolina, Greensboro — where NCDF is headquartered — can feel like another world when it comes to performance. “Dancers grow accustomed to audiences and artists; they become siloed,” says Morris.

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