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Monday, June 29, 2009

Slideshow Preview for H. Art Chaos: Flowers of the Bones and The Rite of Spring at ADF

Posted by on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Images of the world premiere of Flowers of the Bones and a performance of The Rite of Spring by H. Art Chaos at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Commentary by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald. Produced by Byron Woods. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You be the judge! Cedar Lake's "Decadance" vs. Batsheva...

Posted by on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM

“But…it looks really different when it’s placed on ballet dancers!”

That’s what ADF sources told us when we asked about the differences between the version of Decadance that festival goers saw here in 2004 and the version Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance performs this week at DPAC.

Though the company provided us with the 30-second clip above, you can view a 5½ -minute excerpt from the company’s website here.

The work constitutes a potent fast-forward through ten years of choreography Naharin created for his Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. Vivid sequences excerpted from works including Naharin’s Virus and Anaphaza pointedly critiqued the politics of coercion, surveillance, intimidation and religious extremism, while others probed the questionable ethics of erotica. Its original decanting at ADF gave audiences an example of artistic protest as bracing as Maguy Marin’s One Cannot Eat Applause—and possibly more entertaining.

We’ll let you judge the differences between the ballet dancers above, and the original version, below:

Collaboration with Sarah Ewald and Belem Destefani.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Previewing Emanuel Gat's Winter Variations at ADF

Posted by on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Exclusive photo call footage of Emanuel Gat's Winter Variations at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Dancers: Emanuel Gat and Roy Assaf. Commentary: Dance critic and correspondent Byron Woods. Produced by: Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

American Dance Festival opens 2009 season with Shen Wei world premiere

Posted by on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Welcome back to the Indy's ADF blog. This year, we've revamped our arts blogging as part of a site-wide redesign. We're not blogging full-time (yet) about the arts, so we decided to create a "seasonal" arts blog that could be activated on big cultural occasions, such as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and ADF. 

Byron Woods is returning to be our primary correspondent from the stages at Reynolds Industries Theater on the Duke University campus and, for the first time, the brand-new Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). 

Last night, Indy arts interns Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald accompanied me to DPAC to see the technical rehearsal and photo call for RE-, a long-gestating piece by Shen Wei Dance Arts. Of particular interest is the first part, titled "III," which gets its world premiere this weekend in Durham. Here's the first of our preview videos.

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