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Saturday, June 30, 2007

...and tonight, from North Carolina...

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2007 at 12:10 PM

The second of ADF's Acts to Follow showcases devoted to North Carolina choreographers convenes in Baldwin Auditorium at 8 p.m. Highlights: former Trisha Brown dancer Niki Juralewicz's Elemental, described as a "tender, vicious, and playful" series of solos, trios, and duets, Ashlee Ramsey and Katheryn Ullom's No, I Agree, a study in mixed messages we enjoyed at Bickett Gallery earlier this year, former Alvin Ailey dancer Duane Cyrus' delicious Fruit Flows From Root, and an excerpt from former Laura Dean dancer Rodger Belman's theatrical Fate. Admission's free -- but after we roasted in the auditorium during the International Choreographers in...

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Tonight, from New York...

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Michael Helland and Daniel Linehan have been busy in the New York city (review, anyone?). Tonight, a solo apiece: Linehan is Not About Everything, before Helland dresses up Dress Up Piece. At 9. At the Ark. Free....

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It's not the most suggestive part, but it's the part we can show you...

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:13 PM

A clip from Jiri Kylian's sensuous Petit Mort, in which the discipline of love is occasionally administered at the edge of a fencer's foil. En garde, indeed... Hubbard Street Dance Chicago shows tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. in Page Auditorium. —...

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Exclusive Footage: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "Lickety- Split"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Jamy Meek's delicious solo is featured in this clip from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's playful tribute to love, Lickety-Split. For a more in-depth look Hubbard Street's performance, read Sarah Lupton's review. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will perform tonight and Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Page Auditorium....

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Delights from Hubbard Street

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 1:19 AM

It’s hard to find a place to start describing Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s performance last night, which, for this eclectic dance company, is proof of a job well done. Each of their five pieces, which ranged from the classical grace of Petite Mort to the whimsical humor of Baker’s Dozen, concluded to cheering applause in Page Auditorium last night....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tonight: Kisselgoff's "protege" at International Choreographers in Residence concert

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 12:01 PM

"You've got to see her, Byron," legendary dance critic Anna Kisselgoff said just moments before the Chelyabinsk show. "She's tiny—but she moves like crazy." Kisselgoff was referring to Elena Saizafarova, a French dancer/choreographer of Russian descent whose work has just recently received a major dance award in Rome. "There's one piece in particular," Kisselgoff whispered. "She does it with a third leg." Tonight, Saizafarova performs—on two legs or three—with Ivan Estegneev, Vitaly Glukhov, Konstantin Grouss, and Irina Ivleva in an ADF International Choreographers in Residence showcase. The performance is in Baldwin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free....

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Eiko and Koma Break Boundaries

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 9:40 AM

Eiko, the female half of the Eiko and Koma partnership, said last night after their performance, “We pride ourselves in being able to provide, if not the same look, then the same quality of work” to everyone. “I like to play with this idea of providing the same quality no matter the price [of the ticket],” she continued. Adhering to this philosophy, Eiko and Koma simplify the logistics of their dances as much as possible. In addition to choreographing, directing, and dancing all their pieces of the last thirty years (the premiere exception being their presentation of “Grain” this year),...

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Argentine dance telethon continues. Debate ensues...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 6:35 AM

Latest update (6 p.m. Tuesday): ADF administration reported $1,425 in donations toward the SunTrust Carolinas Group Foundation challenge grant of $6,500 to cover the travel costs of the Argentine dance companies left high and dry by Marca Argentina on June 19 after its February commitment to bring them here. The sordid story thus far can be read here and here. Meanwhile, Danciti.com's coverage of the story alleges that the festival has actually been adding performances by the companies while it has threatened to cancel the series. The New York city dance blog further accuses the festival of "bullying third world...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Time passed...slowly...

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 10:18 PM

...and you took in what there was in the presence of Eiko and Koma and Charian and Peace. Our words will be coming shortly. In the meantime: please leave your first responses to Grain and the world premiere of Quartet here, in Comments....

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Exclusive footage: the world premiere of Eiko and Koma's Quartet

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Indy dance correspondent Sarah Lupton gives the world a first look at Eiko and Koma's new work, Quartet....

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This just in: Argentine Festival is a "Go"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 2:35 PM

ADF associate director Jodee Nimerichter announced Monday afternoon that the Argentine festival of performances is back on the schedule for the 2007 American Dance Festival. The week of performances by five companies and choreographers slated for July 5-10 was suddenly endangered last week when Marca Argentina, an Argentine government agency, informed ADF on June 19 that it was backing out of a February agreement to fund the companies’ travel to the United States. The development left 14 of the 19 scheduled Argentine dancers from Grupo Krapp, Compania Contenido Bruto, and Edgardo Mercado, Gabriela Prado and Eugenia Estevez, without plane tickets...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

You saw it here first (or possibly second): exclusive footage of Pilobolus world premiere, "Rushes"

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Video Unavailable [[ The company requested we remove the video preview at the end of their week at ADF. ]] Available only here: a clip from the world premiere of Pilobolus' Rushes, which company choreographer Robby Barnett created with Israeli choreographer Inbal Pinto and designer Avshalom Pollak. Want more info? Byron Woods' enthusiastic review is just below this post. Pilobolus' final 2007 ADF performance is tonight at 8 p.m. in Page Auditorium....

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Lisa Race and the ballroom of our common loss; Inbal Pinto, Pilobolus and the dream operator

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2007 at 11:24 PM

If you make tracks you can catch one of these on Saturday night, when Pilobolus closes its 2007 ADF stand with what is easily the strongest work we've seen from them in years. That would be the world premiere of Rushes, Robby Barnett's collaboration with Israel's Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak....

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Pilobolus: The Circus Freaks

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2007 at 7:26 AM

“Hey!” the strong dancers of Pilobolus screamed after each trick was performed, embodying the circus freak image on all levels....

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Feedback: Pilobolus concert and Vicario's I Cannot Escape Being Me So That Is What I’ll Show You

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 4:30 PM

The same night Inbal Pinto's collaboration with the Pils had its world premiere, ADF faculty member and MFA student Antonietta Vicario’s company showed their edgy trio on the performance of female identity and sexuality in a late night performance, at the venerable Ark. What did you think of what you saw -- in either venue? Say so in Comments......

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In step with Amy Beasley

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Amy Beasley's been coming to the ADF for three years. Documentary videographer Jessye McDowell followed her to contact improv and advanced technique classes one day this week. (Cameo appearance by Ming Yang!)...

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Hot hot hot: ADF Musicians Concert

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Try to keep dancing out of a performance during the ADF and it just doesn't happen....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Breaking news... Argentine companies may cancel

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 7:49 PM

Uh-oh. Week five of the American Dance Festival, which was to be given over to four dance companies from Argentina, may be in severe jeopardy. The festival is announcing tonight that travel funding to Compania Contenido Bruto, Gabriela Prado & Eugenia Estevez; Edgardo Mercado and Krapp has been denied by the Argentine government’s newly formed Marca Argentina, an agency chartered to promote that country’s culture abroad. In a press release issued Wednesday evening, festival director and president Charles L. Reinhart said, “The news was shocking. We were so excited to bring the companies to an American audience. … It...

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In step with Thomas Newkirk

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Local documentary filmmaker Jessye McDowell is following this summer's ADF with her camera. Each week, she will post a short featurette on a student participant. Episode 1: opening weekend auditions with an old hand -- returning ADF student Thomas Newkirk from Greensboro, North Carolina....

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This just in...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Insiders know that the mainstage shows are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dance performances at ADF. All summer long, emerging professional choreographers and dancers are showing their works, on side stages on Duke’s West and East campuses. And the price is right: most of the performances are free. We’ve been following Lisa Race’s work for years: in thoughtful, exuberant dances she’s put on students as an ADF faculty member and as a guest choreographer at regional colleges. Friday night sees her latest work, Garden: Retreat, in an MFA concert for the ADF school. It's...

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The Independent Review: Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 10:00 AM

In today's Independent: Byron Woods' thoughts on "outsider" modern dance—and Olga Pona's latest works. Read on (and comment at the end)......

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Important Lessons from Russian Festival Part II

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 10:36 AM

I left last night’s performances of Vladimir Golubev’s Not Unsteady Support and Iguan Dance Theatre’s Displaced Persons with considerably more knowledge than I had going in. You didn’t? Well, please, allow me....

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Dancers vs. Dukies

Posted By on Sat, Jun 16, 2007 at 1:10 PM

As I was sitting in the Duke gardens, trying to conjure up something blog-worthy, I could not help but glance at my beautiful surroundings. Squirrels running to and fro, beautiful green grass, the sun peaking through the clouds, Duke students walking from class, dancers walking from class…whoa, wait a minute, you might ask how I can tell the difference between Dukies and Dancers. Well, I learned how to make this distinction easily by simply observing my environment at the Duke gardens....

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Russian Dolls

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Olga Pona’s robotic marionettes—er, dancers—took the stage last night in Reynolds Theater for the U.S. premiere of The Other Side of the River. And if there was any question about what Russian modern dance looks like, this performance cleared it up. “Russian life is very rough,” she explained during the post-performance discussion. “It’s not polite.”...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

where there's smoke...

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 10:09 PM

...there's the opening night of Olga Pona's Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theater. Gotta ask. What did you see as you gazed through the haze? Smoke 'em if you got 'em—but share your responses first, in Comments, below....

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