2/24/2020 8:15pm

Memorial Hall is Carolina Performing Arts' largest venue. Carolina Performing Arts plans to implement sensory-friendly systems to make their productions more inclusive for patrons. 

From double-booked venues to steep costs: The struggle to find on-campus venues

For student groups looking to perform on campus, it can be difficult for them to actively express their creativity due to a lack of available performance spaces across campus and the trivialities associated with securing a performance venue.  Student performance groups can book venues through Carolina Performing Arts or Reserve Carolina, the Carolina Union’s online reservation system.  “Reserve Carolina all semester has not functioned properly," said Bridget MacPherson, a member of Chapel Hill Players comedy group. "We can't see our own reservations once we have made them. We have to go to them and ask for a pdf print out, which is not the way that it should be functioning.”

2/23/2020 6:27pm

The members of Tar Heel Raas, an Indian dance organization at UNC-Chapel Hill, rehearse at Rams Head Recreation Center on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

UNC's vibrant culture of Indian dance comes to life in spring competition season

As competition season reaches its height, UNC's Indian dance teams are practicing more than ever. The Daily Tar Heel watched rehearsals and interviewed representatives from four of the major Indian dance teams — Tar Heel Raas, UNC Chalkaa, Ek Taal and Bhangra. Each team has a unique focus and style, but all share a commitment to their craft, practicing up to 12 hours a week. With each performance and each rehearsal, these students get to experience their culture and express their identity. 

2/17/2020 10:47pm

Sophomore dramatic art and English major Grace Sword checks lighting while filming "Black and Blue, "a show she is developing with UNC Student Television, on campus on Wednesday, Feb, 12, 2020. 

How UNC student filmmakers are building a community of their own

Many students arrive on UNC's campus with no prior experience working on a film set. But the production sets for organizations like the the Carolina Film Association and UNC Student Television are like microcosms of professional sets — all run by students.  At UNC, students filmmakers gain valuable experience in production by using what they have, often requiring improvisation and flexibility. But in the end, these filmmakers gain so much more than industry experience — a distinct community, driven by a shared love for storytelling.