This performance is SOLD OUT. All tickets for The World Comes Here have been reserved. Please visit the Memorial Hall Box Office or call 919-843-3333 for information on adding your name to the waiting list.
This event, curated by Carolina Performing Arts, is presented as part of, and in honor of, the installation of Dr. Carol Folt as UNC’s 11th chancellor.
Charanga Carolina | UNC’s Charanga Carolina specializes in Cuban danzón and New York-style salsa music. Directed by UNC professor of music David F. García, Charanga Carolina is committed to bringing to life these important repertories in the history of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Latin dance music for Carolina students and faculty, as well as for surrounding communities.
Takademe (1999) | Performed by Hope Boykin, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Choreographed by Robert Battle, Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle’s bravura work mixes humor and high-flying movement in a savvy deconstruction of Indian Kathak dance rhythms. Clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized syllables of Sheila Chandra’s syncopated score.
Durham native Hope Boykin is a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University and while in Washington, DC she performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a member of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”). Ms. Boykin joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2000.
Jason Moran | Jazz pianist and Blue Note Records recording artist Jason Moran has garnered much critical acclaim and won a number of awards for his playing and compositional skills, which combine elements of stride piano, avant-garde jazz, classical music, hip hop and spoken word, among others. In 2010, he was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Bhangra Elite | Bhangra Elite is a UNC student group that specializes in the popular bhangra style of traditional Indian dancing. Through high-energy, traditional dance the group strives to promote and educate the UNC and Triangle communities about Punjabi culture.
Dom Flemons Quartet | Dom Flemons is a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Before moving into music, the Arizona native wrote short stories and appeared at poetry slams, including two national events. The Black Banjo Gathering in April 2005 in North Carolina turned out to be the motivator that shifted Flemons’ life from Arizona busker to Piedmont string-band musician. After moving to the state, Flemons began to collaborate with Rhiannon Giddens. Carolina Chocolate Drops’ 2010 Nonesuch Records debut, Genuine Negro Jig, garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy Award.
The Clef Hangers | Celebrating its 35th anniversary, The UNC Clef Hangers is the oldest a cappella group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Clefs have performed for audiences in Spain, France, Scotland, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York, where they were featured on Good Morning America.
Pas de Duke (1976) | Performed by Alicia Graf Mack and Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Choreographed by Alvin Ailey
Pas de Duke is Alvin Ailey’s spirited modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux, set to the timeless jazz of Duke Ellington. The work is comprised of five solos and duets that require extraordinary technical facility, flawless timing, and strong acting skills. The New York Times has praised it as “one of those special dances that lives in new ways with each new set of performers.”
Alicia Graf Mack trained at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under Donna Pidel. In addition to her work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mack has been a guest performer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Andre 3000, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. She is the recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence and Smithsonian magazine’s Young Innovator Award.
Antonio Douthit-Boyd began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Douthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2004.