It’s been an extraordinary 10 days – a fanciful flight of color, art, music and drama – and it all comes together over the next three days in the Folkmoot final extravaganza weekend!
From Franklin to Burnsville and Hickory – and most points in between – Folkmoot dancers from around the world have filled our region once again with the magic of their movement, the beauty of their collective beats, the inspiration of their incessant cheerfulness.
Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab likened the whirl and syncopated rhythms of Folkmoot to the wild and beautiful murmuration of a thousand starlings, at first glance chaotic until one realizes how organically choreographed is the entire movement.
Folkmoot’s final weekend began with two Extravaganza Shows on Friday at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley – a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. evening show. The mid-summer Mountain Street Dance on Main Street in Waynesville provided a backdrop for more Folkmoot performances.
Saturday saw performances with our friends and neighbors, the Eastern Band of Cherokee at the Cherokee Fairgrounds and another afternoon performance at Western Carolina University’s Bardo Theatre.
Those Saturday afternoon shows were rounded out by an evening full of performance at Haywood Community College.
And today – Sunday – the final day, will see an afternoon performance at Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre and the finale – the dramatic and often tearful goodbye of a Candlelight Closing at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium.
The complete schedule with links to tickets:
Sunday, July 26th
Here’s a clip from performances Saturday in Cherokee and, in the evening, at Haywood Community College:
Here’s a brief clip from Folkmoot’s presentation on Thursday at the Haywood County Fairgrounds: