Emanuel Gat, Dance, photo by Emanuel Gat

Week Four Features a Reconstructed Classic by Eiko & Koma and a US Premiere by Emanuel Gat Dance

The American Dance Festival (ADF) continues its 78th season exploring Something New, Something Treasured with an ADF commissioned reconstruction by Eiko & Koma, Tuesday-Wednesday, July 5-6 at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The week will close with a US Premiere by Emanuel Gat Dance from France at the Durham Performing Arts Center Thursday-Saturday, July 7-9. Additionally, Eiko & Koma will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, July 6 at 4:00pm in White Lecture Hall.

Eiko Koma, River, photo by Bruce R Feely

Eiko & Koma (Reconstructed Classic)

Tuesday, July 5-Wednesday, July 6 at 9:15pm

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University

Known internationally for their exquisitely meditative dances that resonate with strength and intensity, Eiko & Koma have created a theater of movement all their own. This summer they will celebrate their 40th anniversary with the reconstruction of River (1995) at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum Pond. Through their journey downstream in serene waters, their small nuances of movement will transcend your previous notions of life and time and challenge the relationship of audience to artist.

Emanuel Gat, Dance, photo by Emanuel Gat

Emanuel Gat Dance (US Premiere)

Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9 at 8pm

Durham Performing Arts Center

Artistic Director Emanuel Gat has gained international recognition for his high artistic standards and unprecedented voice in modern dance. His company will make its fourth appearance at the ADF with the US premiere of Brilliant Corners. Set to an original score created by Gat himself, this “choreographic playground” investigates the human and mechanical forces that create what is seen onstage.


Join the incredibly talented staff of musicians that inspire students daily as they showcase their craft at the ADF Musicians Concert Sunday, July 3rd at 7:30 pm.  On Wednesday, July 6 at 4:00pm Eiko & Koma will host a free panel discussion in White Lecture Hall at Duke University. Participants have the opportunity to hear about the creative process behind their work, River, as well as ask questions in this open forum. They will also sign copies of their newest book, Eiko & Koma: Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty, which is available for purchase in the ADF Store. The ADF Faculty Concert, happening Friday-Saturday, July 8-9 at 8:00pm will present the choreography of the ADF School’s renowned faculty members, performed by ADF dancers as well as faculty.


The ADF is pleased to provide several opportunities to save while still enjoying the performances and programs of this world-renowned Festival. ADF PICK4+ buyers can save up to 25% when purchasing 4+ tickets at either ADF@DPAC or ADF@Duke performances. PICK4+ buyers also enjoy other benefits such as easy ticket exchange, ticket insurance, a tax deduction receipt for unused tickets, and free tickets to the ADF Faculty and Musicians concerts. Groups of 10 or more save 20% off regular-priced tickets and seniors receive a $3/ticket discount. Area students may take advantage of the ADF Student Rush program and save 50% on all tickets purchased one hour before each performance. *ADF@DPAC and ADF@Duke orders cannot be combined to secure the PICK4+ rate.


Tickets range in price from $23 – $51. Single tickets can be purchased online at www.americandancefestival.org, or in-person at the Duke University Box Office (ADF@Duke performances) and/or the DPAC Box Office (ADF@DPAC performances). ADF@DPAC PICK4+ discounted tickets are available through the online order form, in person, or by phone. To receive the PICK4+ prices online using Ticketmaster, you must purchase 4 tickets to one performance. ADF@Duke PICK4+ tickets are available through the online order form, in person, by phone, or online. *facility & processing fees may apply.

ADF@DPAC performances:

  • www.americandancefestival.org
  • 919.680.ARTS (2787)
  • DPAC Ticket Center
  • The American Tobacco District
  • 123 Vivian St.
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-2pm

ADF@DUKE performances:

  • www.americandancefestival.org
  • 919.684.444
  • Duke University Box Office
  • Bryan Center, Duke University
  • West Campus
  • Box 90940
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • Monday-Friday 11am-6pm

For additional information about ADF performances, free community outreach activities, or the ADF School, please visit www.americandancefestival.org.

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