Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present 46 performances by internationally renowned artists for its 12th season.
Highlights for the 2016-2017 season include two festivals: “Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey” and “Glass at 80,” along with CPA’s most extensive visiting orchestras series to date, featuring the Chapel Hill debut of the legendary Vienna Philharmonic, led by conductor Franz Welser-Möst. CPA will also celebrate leading voices in American dance by presenting three groundbreaking women choreographers who are shaping the future of dance in America.
“SACRED/SECULAR: A Sufi Journey”
“Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey” includes a schedule of performances throughout the year alongside campus and community dialogues exploring Sufism as a spiritual and cultural lens into Islam. The objective of the series is to raise awareness about the plurality of the Muslim identity and the inextricable link between local culture and religion.
“We believe that art serves as a singularly unique way of seeing and understanding the world,” said Emil Kang, CPA’s executive and artistic director. “We are pleased to present performances by artists who come from different corners of the world.”
Featured are performers from four Muslim-majority nations outside the Arab world—Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Senegal—alongside artists responding to the values of Sufism through new works and expressing the equally pluralistic and diverse views of culture and faith in the United States.