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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Load Out (Part II): Suggested ADF Acts for 2009?

Posted by on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 9:56 AM

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Cue the credits: This is our last scheduled post for 2008. We'll still be around to screen, post and reply to your comments -- to me and to each other -- in the days and weeks ahead, so keep 'em coming. But for now, let's go out with one last question:

Who do you want to see at the 2009 ADF?

Volley for serve -- and respond, please, in comments, below.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008: Split Stages, Split Decisions (Part I)

Posted by on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:03 PM

What threatened to be "a year-long Festival of the Feet" when it was announced in March turned out better than we'd feared.

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For the most part.

With some exceptions.

This version of our comprehensive season wrap is verifiably our last word on ADF Season 2008. With 1,100 more words than the story in our print edition (including our views on Meredith Monk, Maguy Marin, the Japanese Festival and Acts to Follow), this report has all the juicy stuff we couldn't cram onto the pages of this week's copy of the Independent Weekly.

Buy the ticket -- click on "more" -- and read the verdicts (in this and the next two posts). Then leave your reactions in Comments, below. As always, your replies won't appear immediately, since we have to screen for spam. But all legitimate responses will be posted.

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The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008: Split stages, split decisions (part II)

Posted by on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Part II of the 2008 Season Review is here.

In this section: Reconstructions: Donald McKayle's Games and Past/Forward's showings of Laura Dean, Hanya Holm and Erick Hawkins; a girlchild education of a different sort by Jiri Kylian; Maguy Marin's umwelt; plus the new stuff -- good, bad and ugly -- by Mark Dendy, Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle. Oh, and Paul Taylor. Among others.

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The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008: Split stages, split decisions (part III)

Posted by on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:01 PM

The chilling finale of the 2008 Season Review is here.

Considered in this section: Japanese Festival performances by Natural Dance Theatre and Dance Theatre LUDENS; strong work by ADF dance students; the Acts to Follow series devoted to North Carolina dance artists; and that jump to the left, coming up -- when ADF moves some of its performances to the Durham Performing Arts Center in 2009. Among other topics...

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Actually, visiting choreographer Amanda Miller wasn't part of that ADF MFA thesis performance...

Posted by on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

. . . until her unprofessional conduct made her its momentary focal point.

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You know, I really prefer reviewing dance to reviewing members of the audience. Unfortunately, Miller's left me little choice, given her own poorly improvised solo during an ADF MFA student's thesis performance last Friday afternoon.

A dance professional should have known -- and done -- better. Contretemps ahoy, after the break.

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The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008 Coming Monday

Posted by on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 8:46 AM

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Our final views -- for now -- on the ADF 2008 Season will run in next week's print edition of the Independent Weekly.

But if you just can't wait that long. . .

. . . check back here Monday afternoon.

P.S.: If you want to put your thoughts in on the best -- and less -- of the 2008 season, click here.

See you soon.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Exclusive footage: two Butoh world premieres Kochuten's "gosh, I am alive..." Dai Rakuda Kan's "Secrets of Mankind"

Posted by on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

The headline says it all: exclusive footage of the new world premieres by Muramatsu's Kochuten and Maro's Dai Rakuda Kan at the American Dance Festival. Their final performance here: Thursday, July 17.

Video produced for www.indyweek.com by Noreen Fagan.

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Exclusive footage: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company'sAnother Evening: Serenade/The Proposition

Posted by on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition, at the 2008 American Dance Festival.

Video produced for www.indyweek.com by Noreen Fagan.

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The Load Out (Part I)

Posted by on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Okay, let's take stock for a moment. We've seen dozens of works by hundreds of performers over seven full weeks of modern dance.

One thing's for certain: It's not all going to fit into that suitcase.

So as we start to pack up the 2008 ADF Season, we've got to think for a second.

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1. What are the works and moments you plan to keep? The best, the most insightful, entertaining, or instructive?

2. Which are you going to leave behind? The distinctly less than best, less useful, and the thanks-I-did-(or- saw)-it-once-and-that-will-do things?

3. And which of this season's experiences are going to give you the hardest time choosing?

We'll have our thoughts on these in our ADF Wrap, next week on the website and in the print edition of the Independent Weekly. But right now, it's your turn.

What's already in your famous blue suitcase? What's going in? What can't you decide on? Post your thoughts in Comments, below.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Butoh night in Page Auditorium: your first responses to two world premieres

Posted by on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 10:35 PM

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One by one, the bodies fell down those three platforms to earth at the start of gosh, I am alive... Then Butoh gradually infested a stageful of people in the opening to Secrets of Mankind.

But what did you make of the two world premieres from Dai Rakuda Kan and Kochuten at Page Auditorium? How do you interpret the costumes? The makeup? The quality of their movement?

We were the first audience to see gosh, I am alive... and Secrets of Mankind. The questions: What stories do they tell us? What do they ultimately say?

Respond in Comments, below. We have to screen replies due to spam, so your responses won't post immediately. Not to worry: all non-spam comments will be published.

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