Featuring professional artists from around the world in our WCU PRESENTS series, Bardo Arts Center (BAC) provides the Western North Carolina Region with access to internationally acclaimed artists and regional favorites. In addition, the BAC Performance Hall serves as a dynamic venue for educational symposiums, campus events, and student performances from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30PM
Renown NYC-based danced company brings their new work, Hair & Other Stories, to the BAC stage. This multidisciplinary performance addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of hair, primarily that of African American women.
Saturday, February 24 at 7:30PM
Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an energetic and unforgettable production.
The Performance Hall boasts an elegant 1,000-seat theatre, with finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system. It is also home to The Studio, a black-box style theater which provides flexible space in an intimate performance setting.
Designed by Gund Partnership, the 122,000 square-foot facility is a bold interpretation of the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains. Staff members visited the Joyce Kilmer National Forest and were inspired by the spiritual and cultural home of the Cherokee. The architect's profound experience of Western North Carolina's regional history, diverse mountain culture and local vernacular inspired the building design.