The schedule for the 2016 American Dance Festival (ADF), set for June 16 to July 13 in Durham, was announced today and will include 61 performances by 26 companies and choreographers in 13 different venues.
This is the 83rd ADF Season, recognized as one of the best modern dance festivals in the world.
“As our programming continues to grow, evolve, and reveal the best in modern dance, what remains central is ADF’s core purpose to commission new works while supporting artists throughout their careers,” Director Jodee Nimerichter said. “With nine ADF commissioned world premieres and the return of favorite classic works, there will be dance to satisfy those new to the art form as well as the hard-core, loyal ADF-o-philes.”
Program highlights include four free pre-season performances of Eiko’s A Body in Places in three different venues and two pre-season performances of LMnO3’s B.A.N.G.S.: made in america.
Pilobolus will open the season with Shadowland, part shadow act, part dance, part circus, and part concert. ADF will team up with Duke Performances to present legends Savion Glover and Jack DeJonnette in the newly refurbished Page Auditorium. Kate Weare Company will present an ADF commissioned work, while Stephen Petronio Company will perform their Bloodlines program, a gorgeous evening of dance history. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will present the 2nd part of Analogy: A Trilogy, the world premiere of Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist, commissioned by ADF.
ADF welcomes back Paul Taylor Dance Company with their stunning work, Promethean Fire, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago with an all William Forsythe program, and John Jasperse Projects with an ADF commissioned work. Last season’s breakout hit, Company Wang Ramirez, is back to blow audiences away with Borderline. Koma returns with a solo project, Ghost Festival, co-presented by 21c Museum Hotel, and RIOULT Dance NY presents their WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War including an ADF commissioned work.
Festival favorites, festival newcomers, and a wide array of dance-related opportunities (many of them free) await dance fans this summer. In a co-presentation with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, ADF 2016 introduces to its stage Trajal Harrell with his much talked about Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (M2M) part of Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church. This year’s Scripps/ADF award recipient Lar Lubovitch brings his company for two evenings of his classic works, and ADF returns to Motorco Music Hall.
The season also includes the program 5 by 5 with solos, duets, quartets, and more, choreographed by five of the dance world’s most electrifying artists: Mark Dendy, Brian Brooks, Rosie Herrera, Dafi Altabeb, and Gabrielle Revlock. Audience favorite Footprints will premiere works by Beth Gill, Lee Sher and Saar Harari, Dafi Altabeb, and a site-specific work by Vanessa Voskuil, all danced expertly by ADF’s best students.
The 2016 festival performances will take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Reynolds Industries Theater, Page Auditorium, and Baldwin Auditorium. ADF’s Out-of-the-Box Series will take place at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Sheafer Theater, Motorco Music Hall, 21c Museum Hotel, CCB Plaza, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, Durham Farmer’s Market at Durham Central Park, and Cameron Village Library in Raleigh.
Single tickets and subscriptions go on sale Tuesday, May 3, and prices range from $10 to $62 with many savings options available. Tickets can be purchased through the ADF website at www.americandancefestival.org.
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