The Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre performs 'Birds of War.'

For 40 years, the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre has been successfully creating modern dance theatre for communities of Western North Carolina and the State, as well as the South East of the USA.

Come celebrate with 40 Years of Dance: A Retrospective coming to Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre for two evening performances —  Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The company, now directed by Susan Collard, one of the founding members, and Giles Collard, has travelled abroad to France, Cuba, Colombia, Canada, and Mexico. There, the company has performed and taught classes, creating relationships with artists from abroad, bringing new ideas and concepts into our communities and many times creating strong collaborations and lasting friendships with the visiting artists.

This season marks 40 years of successfully performing and creating original dance art such as Birds of War, Looking for Frida, The Loves of Tina Modotti, The Women of Calle 58, Shalva, Zelda and Scott Dances, The Obsession of Dali, Death by Plastica, just to name a few.

To celebrate the longevity of its existence, ACDT will perform excerpts from of some of its favorite ballets as well as a presentation of some of the works and documentaries created by video artists like Melika Bass and Blind Dog productions.

The celebration will include a post-performance champagne reception gala on opening night, June 7.

Tickets to the show cost $20-$29. Purchase them in advance at

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