Don Quixote

Western Carolina University has a full slate of indoor activities during the cold winter months. Here are a few we think you'll find interesting. For the full calendar, see wcu.edu/event-calendar. For ticket information to all events at the Bardo Arts Center, see www.wcu.edu or call the box office at 227-2479.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m.: Bardo Arts Center presents the Sunday Series, Bolshoi Ballet; Don Quixote.

The show is a film of the April 10, 2016 performance by the Bolshoi Ballet. Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful servant Sancho Panza set out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea.

Cervantes’ hero comes to life in the Bolshoi's critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in virtuosic dancing that is quintessential Bolshoi.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m., the Bardo Arts Center Sunday Series continues with Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Sunday and Monday, Feb. 3 and 4, 8 a.m. and all day: WCU Low Brass Festival in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building. Featuring clinics, master classes, and a recital presented by a guest artist. A group concert will follow on Monday afternoon. 

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.: The Performance Hall At Bardo Arts Center hosts the Lily Cai Dance Company. Elegant, sensual, and captivating, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company melds ancient Chinese forms with modern dance in an artistic and inventive marriage of styles. The Company bridges the continuum from past to contemporary, from spectacular court dances of Chinese dynasties to contemporary works fusing classical Chinese movement and modern dance, complemented by dazzling costumes and innovative staging. 

Feb. 14 – 17, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.: Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy, "Twelfth Night," is a tale of spurned love, mistaken identities, and mischievous pranks. When Viola and her brother, Sebastian, are ship-wrecked and separated off the coast of Ilyria, Viola conceals herself as a man named Cesario in order to protect herself and gain favor with Duke Orsino, the ruler of Ilyria. Orsino takes a quick liking to “Cesario” and sends “him” to court the hand of the beautiful Olivia who is in mourning for the death of her father and brother. But what happens when Olivia takes a fancy for “Cesario” instead? This charmingly funny Shakespearean comedy has left audiences delighted for over 400 years. Recommended for all ages. Directed by Theatre Program Director Claire Eye, presented in the Hoey Auditorium.

Feb. 28 – March 3, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.: Pulitzer-Prize finalist new play, "The Wolves," is a slice-of-life play that centers around the raw adolescence of a teenage girl’s soccer team. As the team gears up for the season, practicing in their indoor facility, the pack of female warriors take physical and personal shots for and against one another with more than just a soccer ball; exploring what it means to be a young woman in today’s world, and forging a camaraderie that will last long after the game is over. Recommended for 16 years and up. Directed by faculty member Dustin Whitehead, presented in the Josephina Niggli Studio Theatre in the Bardo Arts Center.

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.: Mountain Winds Concert. The “Mountain Winds” is an adult community band which provides a musical outlet for musicians in Western North Carolina. This concert group is open to any adult residing in Western North Carolina who has high school or college band experience. This concert group was formed to provide community members the opportunity to perform in a concert band after their formal schooling. The group is comprised of individuals from several occupations. The common thread shared by all members is the love of music and performing with friends. It's in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building

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