Caroline Althof Salas and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater
The Prevarigator and the Swamp
A dance theater satire for liberals and their progeny
September 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th at 7:30pm
September 9th and 16th at 6:30pm
The Bebe Theater
20 Commerce St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 254-2621
The Prevarigator and the Swamp is an evening length dance theater satire examining the current political climate under President Trump. The work is choreographed by Caroline Althof Salas, a local dance artist and educator, in collaboration with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater. The narrative and “music” for this performance is found through the 1986 National Geographic animal documentary Realm of the Alligator. Blending contemporary dance with the script of the documentary and exploration of current political events lends itself to an intriguing and unique evening of dance theater.
Caroline Althof Salas moved to Asheville four years ago after earning an MFA in Dance Choreography from UNC-Greensboro. As a company member with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater she has continued to perform and create work since moving to the area. “ACDT has become a second home for me and I feel so lucky to collaborate with so many amazing artists” says Caroline. The performers are primarily ACDT company members with a few outside dance artists joining. Artists include: Sophia Ahmad, Cierra Budge, Damien Chatelain, Giles Collard, Sharon Cooper, Elizabeth Huntley, Gillian Maurer, Eleazar Montgomery, Gina Sassano, Becca Spritz and Melissa Wilhoit.
Edwin Salas Acosta, an international puppeteer and recent transplant to Asheville, constructed some of the more radical costume pieces found throughout the work. They are transformative in nature. For example, a red woodpecker might turn into a KKK member; an elegant ballroom skirt serves as an alligator nest. There are other costumes that are less glamorous however hold strong symbolic meaning. The feminist activist proudly wears a green “Nasty Gator” T-shirt. All of the characters collectively make “the swamp”.
The Prevarigator and The Swamp parallels political figures or sects in our current climate to the animals examined in Realm of the Alligator such as woodpeckers, otters, corn snakes, carnivorous plants, turtles, and of course, alligators. Through contemporary technique, exaggerated mime and a bit of humor this performance allows the audience to both contemplate the precarious political situation facing us and take a moment to laugh at the insanity of it all.
Tickets may be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.
Please visit acdt.org for additional information.
Ticket Prices: student and senior – $15, adult $18
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.