ACDT Performances

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre presents its 11th year of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Expect the brilliantly unexpected as Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) presents its
10th annual rendition of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King December 2nd and 3rd. While
most people are familiar with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, ACDT returns to the original story
written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816. “The reason we love the original version of the Nutcracker
and the Mouse King is because the story tells of adventure and devotion and strength with a
female heroine who is loyal and fearless,” says ACDT Co-Director Giles Collard.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King delights and entertains all ages, featuring local aerial
artists, giant puppets, and stunning sets and costumes. Performances will include children as
well as seasoned, professional dancers executing innovative and original choreography. “The
touches of humor make this dark story fun and exciting,” adds ACDT Founder and Co-Director
Susan Collard.
This year’s performance features the ACDT adult company, White Dog ProjectX International,
and the students of New Studio of Dance. With typical ACDT flair, The Nutcracker and the
Mouse King will again prove to be a wonderful seasonal story full of adventure, courage, and
loyalty where love comes alive in a spectacular modern dance experience.

When: Friday, December 2nd at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 3rd at 2pm & 7:30pm
Where: Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $32 full price; $27 students and seniors. $23 children 12 and under
Info and tickets: 828.257.4530,
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Inside, Not Out

WATCH: Inside; Not Out is on Gumroad watch for $12.

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Who: Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre/ ACDT & The BeBe Theatre

What: “Inside, Not Out”- A Re-Opening of the BeBe Theatre and in person Modern Dance

Where: BeBe Theatre- 20 Commerce St. Asheville, NC 28801

When: August 27th, 28th, and 29th  at 7:30pm

How Much: $20- General Admission; $18 to Students and Seniors purchased online at or call at 855-222-2849

Masks as well as proof of vaccination or negative Covid test is needed to enter the theatre.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre has been busy during the Covid 19 Pandemic! Dancing together, but separately in creeks, rainfall, parking decks, parks, factories, forests and just about anywhere there was an open space available for four to eight dance artists. Now ACDT is ready to greet a live audience to share some its newest and most innovative choreography created by Sharon Cooper, Melissa Wilhoit, and Susan Collard in their favorite black box theatre- the “BeBe”. The intimate, little theatre has been closed for almost a year and a half. Now with limited seating of 27 seats per performance and multiple high quality air filters, the theatre is ready…. set… go!

This collaboratory event will include not only high quality modern dance but an opportunity to meet the dancers and choreographers who have been developing their artistic skills for this exciting event. Each piece is unique in its content addressing social issues through movement and music.

Giles Collard, John Crutchfeild, Edwin Salas, Raj Bowers-Racine, and Sky McDowell will perform “Boys Toys”- a humorous look at adult men at play; which will be a highlight to the program.

ACDT has been performing locally and abroad for 42 years with a history of innovative, fine-tuned choreography.

Now see ‘Inside, Not Out’- ACDT’s newest work in the beloved BeBe theatre; safe and socially distant- tickets on sale August, 1st 2021! Limited Seating. Masks as well as proof of vaccination or negative Covid test is needed to enter our theatre. (TuTu Tix)


Based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen performed by the students of New Studio of Dance and ACDT.

Directed by: Susan and Giles Collard

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Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, they believe that everything everywhere is dance and everyone is a dancer. ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world.