Carolina Performing Arts Announces Fall 2022 Season

Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces fall programming for its 22/23 season, inviting audiences to rediscover, re-engage, and reconnect with live and in-person artistic experiences. From new works and partnerships to hits and collaborations, CPA’s fall lineup features music, dance and theater that remind us of art’s ability to spark conversations. vital and to arouse joy.

“This season, we are reconnecting and moving forward. We’re thrilled to welcome back longtime artistic partners and bring you some surprises,” notes Alison M. Friedman, Executive and Artistic Director of The James and Susan Moeser at Carolina Performing Arts. “After such a long period of disruption and detachment, we look forward to rekindling our sense of shared belonging here at Carolina.”

The new season kicks off September 23 in true Southern style. Combining jazz, funk and New Orleans bounce, The Soul Rebels and special guest Big Freedia deliver a joyful celebration of music, acceptance and togetherness as we welcome students and the public to campus. .

Jazz fans will rejoice with Meklit headlining Carolina’s Africa Fest 2022 in October, followed by the return of longtime CPA Jazz partners to the Lincoln Center Orchestra in December – this year featuring award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves. to Big Band Holidays closed off.

The ACP will welcome hearing and deaf audiences to experience Why Not Theater’s groundbreaking production of Prince Hamlet October 7. Combining English and American Sign Language, Ravi Jain’s remixed, reimagined and bilingual version of Shakespeare’s work features a cross-cultural and gender-sensitive cast that challenges traditional ideas about who can tell this classic story.

The fall programming also reinforces the organization’s commitment to creating new works and new partnerships. From October 28 to December 7, CPA will present a series of four experimental dance performances:

  • What problem?, a stunning new work from the legendary Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, uses movement to explore the tension between feelings of community and isolation in a time of political division. Originally planned for the 21/22 season of CPA, this co-commissioned work is produced in collaboration with members of the local community.
  • Broken theater, a new work by long-time CPA collaborator and choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith, blends dance-theatre, music and cinematic beauty, in partnership with New Dialect and American Modern Opera Company (AMOC). Originally conceived as a virtual presentation, Smith’s fall technical residency at the CPA will allow her to bring this piece to life on stage for the first time.
  • Distances smaller than this are unconfirmedin which co-creators and Southern Futures CPA artists-in-residence David Neumann and Marcella Murray perform a masterfully staged conversation about race, alongside astronomical questions of scale and time.
  • LOVETRAIN2020, Emanuel Gat Dance’s choreographic ode to ’80s sound and vibe, features 14 dancers and the music of Tears For Fears, with its utopian dynamism and epic groove. Presented in partnership with American Dance Festival, Duke Arts and NC State LIVE.

The new season will continue to engage artists and community partners to produce new works, collaborations and research for Southern Futures at CPA. Led by Southern Futures at CPA Artist-in-Residence Rhiannon Giddens, the initiative uses the arts to explore social justice, racial equity and the American South. The fall program includes Distances smaller than this are unconfirmed, featuring Southern Futures artists-in-residence David Neumann and Marcella Murray. CPA’s spring lineup will include additional programming from Southern Futures, including Rhiannon Gidden’s new opera, Omar.

Fall 2022

September 23 — The Soul Rebels with special guest Big Freedia

October 7 — Why not theater: Prince Hamlet

October 15 — Africa Fest 2022: Meklit

October 28-29 —Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: What problem?

11-12 Nov. —Bobbi Jene Smith: Broken theater

November 18-19 — David Neumann and Marcella Murray for Advanced Beginner Group: Distances smaller than this are unconfirmed

December 2 — Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Dianne Reeves: Big Band Holidays

December 7 — Emanuel Gat Dance: LOVETRAIN2020

Individual tickets and dance packages are available to the general public starting August 9. Ticket sales for current donors begin August 1; Donor on-sale dates vary by donation level.

Carolina students are eligible for $10 tickets for select seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Current UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Health employees receive a 15% discount on tickets to CPA performances. A valid UNC card/ID is required for student/faculty/staff discounts; limits apply. Active or retired military personnel and customers 65 and older receive a 10% discount on CPA performance with valid ID; limits apply.

Additional discounts are available for certain performances. Visit for details.

For the full list of performances, pricing, and venue information, visit

Carolina Performing Arts will announce its Spring 2023 performance schedule on November 1. Spring tickets and packages will be available to the general public from November 15. Ticket sales for current donors will begin on November 7 depending on donation level.