Celebrating its twenty-fifth year at Duke, the American Dance Festival will offer eight commissioned works and thirty-nine performances on campus June 6 through July 20. In addition, approximately 450 professional and pre-professional dancers from around the world will unite at the ADF School for intensive training in modern dance.
Professional companies performing this year are: Paul Taylor Dance Company, June 6-8; Shen Wei Dance Arts, June 10-12; Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, June 13-15; Pilobolus Dance Theatre, June 18-22; African American Dance Ensemble, June 24-26; Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, June 27-29; David Dorfman and Dan Froot in Live Sax Acts, July 2-3; Doug Varone and Dancers, July 4-6; Trisha Brown Company, July 11-13; and the Mark Morris Dance Group, July 18-20.
The ADF was established in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, with Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman as founding artists. Currently under the direction of Charles and Stephanie Reinhart, the ADF has been the site of more than 500 premieres. Major sponsors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Phillip Morris Companies, Inc., the City of Durham, The Herald-Sun, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state and the NEA.
For tickets, call (919) 684-6402.