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!

Coming Home Showcased the Best of the Best ADF Alumni on June 23rd and 24th in Durham

Raja Feather Kelly (photo by Kate Enman)

A futurific statement that fuses styles, a performance piece that satirizes TEDx, a clothing switch that indicates something deeper, a beat boy with a sense of humor, and a finely timed clockwork piece that steals your breath. These are the creative works produced when the American Dance Festival invites a select group of ADF alumni… Continue reading Coming Home Showcased the Best of the Best ADF Alumni on June 23rd and 24th in Durham

Lost Bayou Ramblers and N.C. Symphony Spiced Up Beasts of the Southern Wild at Duke

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned an Oscar® nomination for playing Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild

A conductor stands at attention. Before him are 25 of the North Carolina Symphony’s finest. To his right sits a row of six musicians that look more like Mumford & Sons than Stravinsky. Silence. On the film screen behind the orchestra bursts a cityscape, with a golden beam of light streaking across it. Duke Performances… Continue reading Lost Bayou Ramblers and N.C. Symphony Spiced Up Beasts of the Southern Wild at Duke