• Keigwin+Company

    Friday, Sept. 26  •  8 p.m.

    Working pop culture trends into his choreography, Larry Keigwin keeps the audience smiling in awe, in humor and excitement. Vanity Fair's James Wolcott proclaimed K+C's Runaway "a thrilling coup de théâtre." Active in community projects and education, K+C physically engages audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process.

  • Step Afrika!

    Tuesday, Nov. 4  •  8 p.m.

    Stepping is a long and rich tradition in African-based communities using movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. Originally conceived by miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming which was banned by authorities. Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. (©Tony Powell)

  • Eighth Blackbird

    Friday, Nov. 21  •  8 p.m.

    Oberlin Conservatory trained musicians eighth blackbird bring their talents by combining the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company in Electrically Charged. This exciting recital program showcases the newest technologies in music-making, drawing upon works by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, David Lang and others.

  • Second City Hits Home

    Wednesday, Jan. 14  •  8 p.m.

    Opening its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, no one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. Continuing to produce premiere comic talent such as Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey, The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium.

  • The Clothesline Muse

    Saturday, Jan. 25  •  8 p.m.

    Nnenna Freelon becomes "The Muse" in this theatrical production featuring live and recorded music, dance, spoken word, interview text, video, and interactive art. The task of washing clothes by hand is transformed into beautiful imagery, dance, and song, honoring ancestors long past. This is the story of American culture, class, and the American Dream - through women's eyes.

  • Broadway's Next H!t Musical

    Tuesday, Feb. 24  •  8 p.m.

    Free special engagement! Every lyric, melody and jazz hand of the two-act musical is made up on the spot by audience suggestions to create a show that is spot-on, energetic and absolutely hilarious. Be a part of the improvised musical comedy you're bound to love-after all, YOU created it!

Artist Series

The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series is proud to offer an ever-growing series of entertainment, culture and quality. The faculty and students who participate in the Union Board Artist Series Committee take great pride in selecting and presenting a series that students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community can all enjoy and experience with their friends and family members.

Regardless of your tastes, we're sure you'll find many enjoyable moments throughout the season that put a smile on your face! This season features a little bit of everything, including classical performers of modern compositions, contemporary dance, a stepping troupe, historical theater, and improve musical theater and comedy. We hope you enjoy what the season has to offer and look forward to seeing you at each performance!

All performances take place in the Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit Union Ticket Office or call 704-894-2135.

Upcoming Events

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Keigwin + Company

Friday, Sept. 26  •  Tickets

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Bringing a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart, Keigwin+Company engages the audience instantly with costuming, staging and eye-absorbing movement. Dancers appear weightless and their movement invokes a sense of humor.

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Step Afrika!

Tuesday, Nov. 4  • Tickets

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The stepping tradition in the United States grew out of song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s. The form is also spreading its wings to new venues and participants, such as Latino and Asian American Greek-letter organizations.

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eighth blackbird Presents Electrically Charged

Friday, Nov. 21  •  Tickets

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Three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird has been entertaining and provoking audiences across the country and around the world. This Chicago-based group brings their production Electrically Charged to Davidson and puts a twist on the idea of music played by classical instruments. This exciting recital program showcases the newest technologies in the service of music-making

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The Second City Hits Home

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015  •  Tickets

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Returning for their third time, The Second City gets Davidson in on the laughter as it takes on all the news that's fit to twist in town and on campus. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it's all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv.

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The Clothesline Muse

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015  •  Tickets

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A multi-discipline theater project that explores the clothesline as a metaphor of our community lifeline and its ties to our environment. With dance, percussive music, spoken word, interview text, video and interactive art, this performance will honor our ancestors by transforming the task of washing clothes by hand into beautiful imagery, dance and song.

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Broadway's Next H!t Musical

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015  •  Tickets

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The hysterical Broadway's Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. Free but a ticket is required.