ADF at 75: Classics and World Premieres

June 1, 2008
High expectations: Alvin Ailey Dance Company returns to ADF.

High expectations: Alvin Ailey Dance Company returns to ADF. Eduardo Patino

This summer, the American Dance Festival celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary. The festival will take place on Duke's campus from June 5 to July 20 and feature sixty dances. Thirty-seven companies will perform. For the first time, each program will present multiple companies.

You don't say: Japanese troupe Kochuten performs in July.

You don't say: Japanese troupe Kochuten performs in July. Matsuda Junichi

The lineup for this year's festival, titled "Split Scenes," was handpicked by organizers to "reflect the history of modern dance," says festival spokesperson Concetta Duncan. It will include eleven world premieres, as well as reconstructions of classic pieces dating as far back as 1930.

One such piece, a version of Hanya Holm's Jocose originally performed in 1984 by the Don Redlich Dance Company, will be recreated by ADF dancers under Redlich's instruction.

The festival will conclude with a series of programs featuring Japanese dance companies. Each will present an American premiere.