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The Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Promethean Fire Sets the American Dance Festival Ablaze

If I quench thee, thou flaming minister… I know not where is that Promethean heat/That can thy light relume. — Othello, Act V, Scene II — This year’s American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, which is presenting Two Different Programs of Classic Paul Taylor Dance!, is dedicated to Paul Taylor, one of our most accomplished… Read More ›

There Is Only One Word for Dorrance Dance’s Michelle Dorrance at ADF — It Is Wow!

Sound. Tap is about sound. Rhythm. The beat. You might also think that tap is about those shoes that make the sound in a rhythmic, almost super-human beat. It is. But last night’s American Dance Festival presentation of Dorrance Dance in SOUNDspace on June 21-23 in the R.J. Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke University’s West… Read More ›

Mark Morris’ Witty, Charming, Crowd-Pleasing Pepperland Was a Magical Hour of Dance at the American Dance Festival in Durham

It was twenty years ago today Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile — Paul McCartney from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — It was 30 years ago today — actually, longer than that — when Mark… Read More ›

Margaret Severin-Hansen stars as a beautiful princess cursed to live as a swan until she finds true love in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (photo by Armes Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s Swan Lake Is CEO/Artistic Director Ricky Weiss’ Lovely Swan Song

The last program of the Carolina Ballet’s 2018-19 season is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic Swan Lake, featuring live music by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Swan Lake is such a favorite of ballet-goers that the program is offered in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, rather than the usual A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. It feels like… Read More ›

DPAC will present Dein Perry's Tap Dogs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th (photo © Chris Richardson)

Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs Detonates Like a Nuclear Bomb at the Durham Performing Arts Center

The only moment during the entire performance of Australian dancer and choreographer Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs at the Durham Performing Arts Center that is fairly quiet is the opening scene, when Foreman (Anthony Russo) wanders onto the stage with a flashlight; and the only sound is the tap-tap-tap of his shoes. Once the rest of… Read More ›