A Night with Pilobolus Is Always a Lovefest

The American Dance Festival will present Pilobolus in Everything Old Is New Again at 8 p.m. Friday, July 5th and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6th, plus a 1 p.m. Saturday Children's Matinee, in Duke University's Page Auditorium in Durham (photo by Hibbard Nash Photography)

“Everything old is new again! Pilobolus joins ADF in its homecoming to Page Auditorium, presenting four timeless pieces that highlight the surreal, playful, and athletic approach to dance and theater that Pilobolus is known for.” — American Dance Festival 2019 Brochure — The Thursday, July 4th, ADF audience for Pilobolus: Everything Old Is New Again… Continue reading A Night with Pilobolus Is Always a Lovefest

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Gives a Roof-Raising Performance at ADF

The American Dance Festival will present the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble at 2 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd, in Duke University's R.J. Reynolds Industries Theater (photo © Jerry Metellus)

Classics are works of art that withstand the analysis of each new generation — and in the process, lay the groundwork for the future. Cleo Parker Robinson understands that delicate meshing of old and new, and last night she brought that knowledge with a booty-shaking swagger to the American Dance Festival at the R.J. Reynolds… Continue reading The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Gives a Roof-Raising Performance at ADF

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

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform Scudorama during its 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29th, program (photo by Paul B. Goode)

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

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

The American Dance Festival will present Dorrance Dance in SOUNDspace on June 21-23 in the R.J. Reynolds Industries Theater on the upper level of the Bryan Center on Duke University's West Campus in Durham (photo by Stephanie Berger Photography)

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

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

ADF presented Mark Morris' Pepperland on June 19th and 20th at DPAC (photo by Mat Hayward)

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