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WHAT IS DANCE THEATER? | June 28 – July 3

Eiko & Koma photo by Edwin Adhiputra

Festival favorites EIKO & KOMA and PILOBOLUS round out week three of ADF 2010.

Special screenings/discussions and the season’s first Children’s Saturday Matinee will provide in-depth arts engagement for audiences of all ages

Pilobolus by John Kane

Pilobolus by John Kane

The American Dance Festival (ADF) continues its 77th season, exploring What is Dance Theater? with a retrospective program by Eiko & Koma, Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30 in Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University and Festival favorite Pilobolus from Thursday-Saturday, July 1-3 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Week three of the ADF Season will also feature a screening of 36 Works by Eiko & Koma and a presentation on Balasaraswati, India’s greatest bharata natyam dancer, by Douglas Knight, author of Balasaraswati, Her Art and Life. These will be offered for free on Wednesday, June 30 at 1pm and 4pm respectively in White Lecture Hall at Duke University’s East Campus.

For more than thirty years, Eiko & Koma have been performing internationally their own “delicious movement.” From site-adaptable performances in parks, gardens, and moving water to installations at theaters, universities, and museums, these passionate artists have created work that resonates with audiences from all walks of life. At Reynolds Industries Theater, Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, the duo will present a retrospective of and sections from their most timeless dances, including White Dance, Eiko & Koma’s 1976 American debut, Night Tide, commissioned by the ADF in 1984 in celebration of the Festival’s 50th anniversary, and Raven from 2009. A special exhibition will also be presented in the Reynolds Industries Theater lobby for audiences to enjoy prior to the performance.

Year after year the most original Pilobolus works challenge, provoke, and inspire. Onstage at the Durham Performing Arts Center Thursday-Saturday, July 1-3, the company presents Hapless Hooligan in “Still Moving”, an ADF co-commissioned collaboration with one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator and comics guru, Art Spiegelman of The New Yorker. In addition, Pilobolus will present Contradance, an ADF-commissioned World Premiere collaboration with children’s rock star Dan Zanes. Known for rollicking concerts with his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, this Grammy Award-winning artist has also worked with the likes of Disney, Sesame Street, and Noggin. These one-of-a-kind collaborations will accompany other celebrated works from the Pilobolus repertory, including Gnomen (1997), Walklyndon (1971), and Megawatt (2004). Pilobolus will also present a one-hour Children’s Matinee on Saturday, July 3 at 1:00pm.

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: A screening of 36 Works by Eiko & Koma and a presentation on Balasaraswati, India’s greatest bharata natyam dancer by Douglas Knight, will be offered for free on Wednesday, June 30 at 1pm and 4pm respectively in White Lecture Hall at Duke University. The film shows the trajectory of Eiko & Koma’s career through short excerpts of most of their works created between 1976 and 2009. The presentation by the author of Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life will shed light on the life and work of the southern Indian dancer and musician hailed as “one of the greatest performing artists of the 20th century” by The New York Times.   On Saturday, July 3, ADF will host a Kid’s Party in the DPAC outdoor plaza immediately following the Pilobolus Children’s Matinee. There will be free treats, music, and fun for children of all ages. The ADF also continues its Kids Night Out program in 2010 where area youth aged 6-16 receive one complimentary ticket to any evening performance when accompanied by an adult purchasing a regular-priced ticket.

DANCE ON A DIME: The ADF is proud to highlight several opportunities to save while still enjoying the performances and programs of this world-renowned Festival. ADF Subscribers save 25% when purchasing 4+ tickets at either venue and also enjoy other benefits such as easy exchange privileges, additional savings with the Subscriber Coupon Book, and earliest ordering privileges for subsequent seasons.* Groups of 10 or more save 20% and Seniors receive a $3/ticket discount on regular-priced tickets. Area students may take advantage of the ADF Student Rush program and save 50% on all tickets purchased one hour before each performance. A limited number of $20 Tickets will be available at every Durham Performing Arts Center performance. *no cross-venue subscriptions and no refunds.

PURCHASING TICKETS: Single tickets and new subscriptions to ADF performances may be purchased by calling the ADF Box Office line at 919.668.2233 (2ADF), online at, or in-person at the Duke University Box Office (ADF@Duke performances) and/or the DPAC Box Office (ADF@DPAC performances). Tickets range in price from $20 – $46*. For additional information about ADF performances, free community outreach activities, or the ADF School, please visit *facility & processing fees may apply.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE ADF IN 2010: The ADF’s online video blog, May we have this Cyber Dance?, will highlight the diversity of events taking place during the Festival via daily online coverage of ADF classes, rehearsals, and performances, as well as interviews with artists, students, and community members on various dance-related topics. New postings will occur each day of the Festival on the ADF website. Dance fans here, there, and everywhere in between will get an insider’s look at the breadth of Festival activities taking place in Durham this summer. Additionally, individuals may learn more about the Festival, receive frequent insider updates, and get to know the performing companies by finding us on Facebook and/or following the ADF on Twitter (@AmerDanceFest).


Founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, the ADF remains an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, students, critics, musicians, and scholars to learn and create in a supportive environment. ADF’s wide range of programs includes performances, artist services, humanities projects, publications, community outreach, educational programs and classes, archives, media projects, and national and international projects. The ADF has been presenting the best in modern dance for over 77 years.

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