The Arts

Behind the Scenes With Sir Matthew Bourne – Cinderella

January 2019

Following last season’s hit, The Red Shoes, Blumenthal Performing Arts welcomes another sumptuous production form Britain’s most celebrated choreographer, Matthew Bourne. Cinderella – a tale that also has iconic, sparkling shoes at its center – is retold in a way that only Bourne and his New Adventures dance theatre company could do it.

The imaginative production, set as a love story in London during World War II, kicks off the U.S. portion of its international tour at Charlotte’s Belk Theater Jan. 6-12. Only a few select cities will get the chance to see this show as it continues to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

“We love Charlotte, and we’re excited to share this with them,” says Bourne, who credits Blumenthal president Tom Gabbard with helping to develop the special relationship between this world-renowned company and local audiences.

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Caroline Calouche & Co. Flying High

September 19, 2018

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No matter how they make our hearts soar, most dance companies remain physically earthbound. Not so for Caroline Calouche & Co., Charlotte’s own aerial dance and contemporary group and one of Blumenthal’s resident arts companies. Melding various styles of dance, from ballet and hip hop to Capoeira and circus arts, this group flies high as it creates new possibilities in dance

Unlimited possibilities are something important to Artistic & Executive Director Caroline Calouche, who spent much of her childhood climbing trees, riding her bike and playing sports outdoors with her two brothers.

“Trying a lot of things when you’re young is really good,”  Calouche says, “And see what clicks with you and for life.

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The Funny Guys:  CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS’ Brian Kahn and Mike Collins will make you laugh

Spring/Summer 2011

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Did you hear the one about the lawyer and the news radio show host who keep writing irreverent musical parodies together? It sounds like the beginning of a well-worn joke but it’s not. This is a true story about the brains behind the hilarious show CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS, making its seventh appearance in the Queen City this summer. Get ready to laugh when an all new production of CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS debuts at the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, June 10-25.

From sports and pop culture to news and politics, the writing team of Brian Kahn and Mike Collins creates an original show that pokes fun at everything and everyone it can.

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