ACDT Performances

The Josephine Cabaret ( an evening of song and dance)

Photos by Steve Clarke

The Josephine Cabaret, coming to the intimate BeBe theatre in Oct. 2022 will boost your spirits as you move to rhythms of the 1920s and 1930s jazz era.

In honor of the well known cabaret singer and dancer, Josephine Baker, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre will present a celebration of her life through dance, theatre and song.

Josephine Baker, La Sauvage Noire , became famous through her amazing dance and song style, stunned her audiences with high energy dance and electric show womanship in the USA and later in France where she remained for most of her career. she is now considered one of the most inspirational African American female artists in the world.

For two weekends in Oct, the BeBe theatre will be transformed into a French Cabaret setting with little round tables, open bar, dancing waiters and a singing bartender.Hors d’oeuvres will be served with beer and wine.

Entertainment will be provided by singing and dancing artists.

Sharon Cooper, a 30 year veteran of ACDT dance co will do the honor of dancing the role of Josephine. She will be supported by co members Diana Cabrera, Angela Gorman, Melissa Wilhoit, and apprentice Kylie Gaitonde.

CoCo Dulce will sing the songs of the cabaret bartender with local celebrity artist Becky Stone. Other local performers will include the Men Dancing Co. Lars Clark, Raj Bowers- Racine and Sky McDowell.

Vernacular choreography by SusanCollard and Melissa Wilhoit 

Master of ceremonies is Giles Collard 

Time for a party! Come dressed in your favorite 1920s &  30s outfit and get a surprise. Let’s party with Josephine 

Tickets on line at TuTu Tx  under ACDT Josephine Cabaret   

Limited seating. Do not wait 

When: Fridays Oct 7 and 14, Saturdays Oct 8 and 15 at 8:00 pm 2022
Where: BeBe Theatre
Info and tickets: $20.00 @ Tu Tu tx
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Inside, Not Out

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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.