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Educational Events

Carolina Performing Arts invites you to connect with internationally known musicians, emerging artists and legendary performers. Through activities ranging from masterclasses, pre- and post-performance discussions, symposia, course connections and artist talks, our engagement programs strive to encourage connections that reach beyond the stage. Please check back for events related to the 19/20 season, which will be posted on a rolling basis.

Upcoming Events

A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10—5 PM
Ackland Art Museum

Free and open to the public; please RSVP for the 4 PM performance of Odalisques

Experience the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World through the lens of world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and Carolina Performing Arts/Mellon Foundation Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow Jonah Bokaer. The day will feature both a durational work in the galleries choreographed by Bokaer and a performance choreographed and danced by the artist.

These events are hosted in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts as part of Bokaer’s DisTIL residency:

Jehan Sadat in Three Dimensions
New Commission
Durational Performance (Trio), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dancers of Jonah Bokaer Choreography perform a new trio inside the exhibition She Who Tells a Story

Solo by Jonah Bokaer, 4 p.m.
Choreographed and performed by Jonah Bokaer in the Ackland’s ARTspace. Seating is limited; RSVP

Charles Renfro: EXIT (With Overlays)

November 13th, 4:30-6 PM
UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center
Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Event hosted in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts, the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, and Jonah Bokaer’s Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellowship

Charles Renfro makes a rare appearance at UNC-Chapel Hill for a multimedia investigation of campus architecture, in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellow Jonah Bokaer Choreography, and UNC Professor Charles Kurzman, Stadter Distinguished Professor in the UNC Department of Sociology. During his visit, Renfro will continue Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s exploration of the geopolitical dimensions of public space worldwide, and specifically on UNC’s campus. He will present an illustrated lecture on his studio’s work that will include a screening of EXIT – a data-driven film about human migration created by DS+R, commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, followed by a lively conversation with students and faculty.

Affordable Housing: The Musical
Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 PM & Sunday, Nov. 24, 4:30 PM
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
General admission $10

Affordable Housing: The Musical blends powerful stories and good-humored satire to reset the conversation about affordable housing in our community (and have some fun while doing it!).

Set in the fictional town of Church Mound, Affordable Housing: The Musical is an original musical rooted in the lived experiences of participants—many of whom have faced immense challenges finding affordable and safe housing in Orange County. Joined by grassroots allies, members and advocates of the Community Empowerment Fund came together to create this musical from scratch—aiming to bring these stories to bear on local dialogue about affordable housing. Learn more.

This production is made possible with the partnership and support of Carolina Performing Arts.