For more than forty years, Charles L. Reinhart has served as director of the American Dance Festival (ADF), an internationally acclaimed modern dance celebration that moved from Bennington, Vermont, to Durham in 1978. As part of its 2011 season—Reinhart’s last as director—the ADF opens in June with a gala in his honor featuring works by five choreographers and companies: North Carolina native Mark Dendy, the Scottish Dance Theater, performance artist John Kelly, Durham-based Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
The season features thirteen companies, including three that are marking anniversaries: perennial crowd favorite Pilobolus, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary with three world premieres; Japanese duo Eiko + Koma, celebrating their fortieth anniversary with a reconstruction of River, a piece first presented at Duke in 1995, which takes place at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens’ Culberson Asiatic Arboretum pond; and Doug Varone and Dancers, marking its twenty-fifth year with Chapters from a Broken Novel, a series of twenty-two vignettes inspired by Varone’s collection of phrases, photos, quotes, and overheard conversations.
Other companies include Belgium’s Rosas; Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Israel’s Yossi Berg and Oded Graf; China’s Tau Dance Theater, making its U.S. debut; a joint performance by EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; Rosie Herrera; Emanuel Gat Dance; and Paul Taylor Dance Company.
The season also includes “PAST/FORWARD,” a program featuring works by acclaimed director and choreographer Martha Clarke, who will develop an ADFcommissioned world premiere throughout the course of the summer; Rika Okamota and Alex Brady, who will reconstruct Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields; and former ADF International Choreographer in Residence participant Bulareyaung Pagarlava, who will present his first ADFcommissioned world premiere.
ADF features something old, something new
June 1, 2011