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  • Axis Dance Company performers in action

    AXIS Dance Company is the nation's most acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers.

  • Members of the Trockadero ballet company

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the world's foremost all-male comic ballet company.

  • Monks performing mandala sand painting

    Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery create unique and exquisite sand manadalas and then deconstruct them as a metaphor of the impermanence of life.

Artist Series

The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series 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.

This season includes a dynamic classical string trio performing with our own Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, a dance company challenging the concept of disability, a ballet company that performs classics with humor, a theatrical production of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and four days engaging with the mystical arts of Tibet. We hope you enjoy what this season has to offer, and we look forward to seeing you at each performance!

Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place in the Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Events 2017-18

The Trio Time for Three

Time For Three ft. Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, September 23, 2017 Tickets

As part of the Artist Series, the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the exuberant string trio Time for Three. Known for their virtuosic crossover abilities, Time for Three blends an array of styles ranging from classical to jazz to bluegrass to funk. This performance is sure to captivate audiences of all ages and musical inclinations.

Tickets on sale August 23.

The AXIS Dance Company

AXIS Dance Company

Friday, November 10, 2017 Tickets

Since its founding in 1987, AXIS Dance Company has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form called physically integrated dance, which features dancers with and without disabilities. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV's So You Think You Can Dance, exposing their innovative and relevant work of physically integrated dance to millions. We are excited to announce that Artistic Director, Marc Brew's new piece, Radical Impact, will be performed for the first time on tour at Davidson College.

Tickets on sale September 27.

Comic Ballet Company Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Tickets

The world's most foremost all-male comic ballet company will showcase their extraordinary technical talents and breathtaking artistry. Famous for performing in drag and on pointe, the professional male dancers perform the full repertoire of classical ballet and modern dance. The Trocks will equally delight ballet enthusiasts and those seeing these classic pieces performed for the first time.

Tickets on sale December 6.

Photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.

LA Theatre Works Presents: The Mountaintop

Friday, February 23, 2018 Tickets

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. LA Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for four decades and bring their unique style to this powerful drama.

Tickets on sale January 19.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition

Opening Ceremony: March 12, 2018 • 10 a.m.
Closing Ceremony: March 15, 2018 • 11 a.m.
Location: Alvarez-Gretchen Johnston Living Room in the Knobloch Campus Center

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means "mandala of colored powders." Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.

Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. We encourage you to visit with the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery during their visit and observe this intricate and spiritual process.

Please join us for the opening ceremony (March 12 at 10am) where the monks consecrate the site of the mandala sand painting with chants, music, and mantra recitation, the closing ceremony (March 15 at 11am) where the monks conclude their creation and sweep away the colored sand symbolizing the impermanence of all that exists, and the opportunity to participate in our own community sand painting.

Free and open to the public.