FREE showing of CANE – Feb 15th @ Duke University's Rubinstein Arts Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology announces the revival of CANE, a responsive environment dancework to be performed February 15 and 16, 2018.  The February 15 performance is free and open to the public.

Inspired by Jean Toomer’s experimental 1923 text of the Harlem Renaissance, CANE explores memories of African American sharecropping held by a technologically-devised canefield. Created by technologists, dancers, and visual artists, CANE suggests possibilities of shimmering mediated histories mixed in real-time via a specially-constructed responsive environment.

The sound environment for this work manipulated audio files from the Library of Congress archive of Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938. Processed through software programs Supercollider and Max to respond to their own recurrences, these voices of memory became actors to interact with the live performers and prepared soundscape for the work. Live video processing adds to the layered experience of the event.

DeFrantz joined the faculty at Duke in 2011, after twelve years on the faculty at MIT. He teaches courses in Performance and Technology, Contemporary Performance, and African American Studies. He has previously taught in the MFA program of the American Dance Festival, and served as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. Wideman-Davis dance, founded in 2003, explores contemporary performance in relation to history, memory, gender, and identity.

In all, CANE suggests ways to rethink how environments hold history, and how technologically- mediated environments can tilt simultaneously toward what has been, and what is yet to be.

Performed by Tanya Wideman, Thaddeus Davis, Petra Morgan, Maria Maccaroni, John Green II, and Jade Curtis. Conceived and Directed by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Visual Design and Programming by Eto Otitigbe, Music by Tara Rodgers, Sound Programming by Jamie Keesecker, Additional Programming and Sound Discoveries by Jung-Eun Kim and Peter Whincop. Lighting by Jesse Belsky, Costumes by Marissa Erickson. Production Dramaturg: Jules Odendahl-James, Production Management Shireen Dickson.

Flamenco Vivo – Motorco Music Hall @ Motorco Music Hall
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana brings the pride, power and passion of flamenco back to Durham with a dynamic cast of world-renowned dancers and musicians from Spain and the US. Experience the dazzling footwork, sensual lyricism and intricate rhythms of this critically-acclaimed company in an intimate tablao (cafe-style) setting.

Third Date presents: Three is a Magic Number @ Walltown Children's Theatre
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

On 3/3, Third Date returns to Walltown Children’s Theatre for their first show of 2018. This veteran ensemble will create a one-hour improvised show based on a single audience suggestion. Third Date shows are a comic and sometimes bittersweet exploration of relationships with friends, family, partners and coworkers. They reflect the joys, surprises and everyday frustrations of life in our weird, wonderful world.

**NOTE** Despite the name of the venue, Third Date shows are PG-13.

What audiences say about Third Date….
“Smart and funny”
“The best mix of fun and fascinating in relationships.”
“An enjoyable, fun date night.”
“Solid, authentic, funny performances”
“Such great characters and organic storyline.”
“The best theater without a script you’re likely to see.”

Beanstalk! The Musical! @ Raleigh Little Theatre
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm

“Beanstalk! The Musical!”, based on the book by Ross Mihalko and Donna Swift with music by Linda Berg and lyrics by Ross Mihalko.

Exactly like nothing that you’ve ever seen before, not even in a book! This fun, family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his head in the clouds and his nose in a book of fairy tales. Filled with hilarious characters, toe-tapping tunes, and more twists than a climbing vine, this is one show that’s guaranteed to grow and grow and grow right into your heart.

Children’s Theatre

wimmin@work 2018 @ Hayti Heritage Center
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for the third annual afternoon of thought-provoking and spirit-moving performance in celebration of Wimmin’s Herstory Month. A magnificent lineup of dancers, musicians, poets, scholars and more. Wimmin of all generations come together to acknowledge that we stand on the mighty and magnificent shoulders of wimmin artists, educators, mentors, family and friends. Let’s celebrate and share our creative endeavors in the way we do best, by being wimmin@work!

Wimmin Vendors will begin be selling beautiful articles in the lobby at 2pm. The show begins at 3pm.

Admission $8 at the door, Free for children under 12

The Durham Savoyards, Sullivan’s Spookiest Operetta, Ruddigore (or The Witch’s Curse) @ Durham's Historic Carolina Theater
Apr 13 – Apr 15 all-day

Opening on Friday the 13th, Ruddigore is a musical ghost story, featuring:

  • The world’s most inept supervillain — and his dysfunctional family of ghostly ancestors
  • Powerful men, the women they’ve wronged — and how only true love can break the curse.
  • Some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s catchiest music, accompanied by the award-winning Durham Savoy Opera Orchestra.
  • Full staging, costuming, and chorus
  • Artistic Direction and Choreography by Derrick Ivy
  • Musical Direction by Jackson Cooper
  • Presented in Durham’s historic Carolina Theatre

Join Queen Victoria and her royal entourage for this evening of wonderful silliness and spine-tingling fun!

$32 and $22

Friday April 13 (8pm)
Saturday April 14 (7pm)
Sunday matinee, April 15 (2pm)

Tickets: 919-560-3030 or

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Alice @ Wonderland @ Raleigh Little Theatre
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

“Alice @ Wonderland” (Fairytale), By Jonathan Yukich.

The folly of the 21st century collides with the madness of Wonderland in this adaptation that remains fairly faithful to Lewis Carroll’s original tale. Alice is a texting, tweeting and Googling girl of the modern digital era, but she finds herself in the Wonderland of old. With all of the characters that you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, this musical imagines a present-day Alice encountering the Wonderland that so many of us treasure. Meanwhile, the younger generation will appreciate and relate to the many references to the digital age.

Children’s Theatre

Blood Done Sign My Name @ Raleigh Little Theatre
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – May 27 @ 3:00 pm

“Blood Done Sign My Name” (Drama), By Mike Wiley, Adapted from the novel by Tim Tyson.

In this world premiere version, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC, and the events that followed. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after reportedly making a crude remark to one of the men’s wives. They brutally beat Marrow, and then killed him with a bullet to the head in view of multiple witnesses. Despite the eyewitness reports, an all-white jury acquitted the men. The town’s black community responded to the events with an uprising that destroyed downtown businesses and several tobacco warehouses that held at least a million dollars in harvested crops. Tyson, who was 10 at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life. He offers us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.

Don’t Dress for Dinner @ Raleigh Little Theatre
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” (Comedy), by Marc Camoletti.

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof. What could possibly go wrong? Well… Suppose Robert turns up, not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers and consequently determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook must pretend to be the mistress, and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi is confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.