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Darrah Carr dancers to perform at WCU on March 10

Darrah Carr Dance will bring mixed-style modern, basic ballet and a touch of tap – all with an Irish step dance brogue – to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Niall O'Leary (left) and Darrah Carr perform a step dance with steps. Photograph © 2006 by Lois Greenfield.

Niall O’Leary (left) and Darrah Carr perform a step dance with steps. Photograph © 2006 by Lois Greenfield.

The company has performed at venues throughout the U.S. and elsewhere, including the Toronto Fringe Festival, the Hunter Mountain Celtic Festival, and at the Bank of Ireland Arts Center in Dublin.

Carr, the artistic director and choreographer of the company, coined the term “ModERIN” to describe the fusion of the two styles. “I source from two genres – traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance,” she said. “I feel two pulls – one toward tradition and another toward innovation – and seek to create dance in the space between. Dance in Ireland traditionally happened at a crossroads – a reminder to respect the road that led me to a place of intersecting genres, while simultaneously remaining curious about the path that lies ahead.”

The performance is the last in WCU’s 2015-16 Arts and Cultural Events series.

Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $10 for all others.

For more information about the performance, the group, ACE or for tickets, visit ace.wcu.edu or contact Francis Ann Ortiz-Pineda, assistant director for campus programs, at 828-227-2612.

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