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Monday, June 28, 2010

ADF Classroom: Getting in is half the fun

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Photo by Jay Anderson. Courtesy of the American Dance Festival Archives.Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in rehearsal, Page Auditorium, 1988. The 2010 American Dance Festival began June 10, with African American Dance Ensemble performing in Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater. But ADF is most commonly associated with the high-profile dance performances at Duke and at Durham Performing Arts Center, there’s also an educational mission that allows student dancers to enhance their performance and technique. The festival began in 1934 at Vermont’s Bennington College, with Martha Graham serving as one of the four faculty members. One hundred and three...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

RUBBERBANDance Group's Victor Quijada at ADF:
The Independent Interview

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Choreographer Victor QuijadaRUBBERBANDance Group choreographer Victor Quijada has truly walked between the worlds. After growing up in the hip-hop culture on the streets of Los Angeles (which gave him the nickname Rubberband in description—and honor—of his moves) and transformative teenage years at the L.A. County High School for the Arts, Quijada danced with Twyla Tharp and Eliot Feld in New York. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens called, and he moved to Montreal.Then a choreography workshop Quijada took with Les Grands suggested that he might have even more to offer dance. Though his frustrations with the limitations of street dance made him...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Jonathan Wolken, Pilobolus co-founder, dead at 60

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Jonathan WolkenThe Hartford Courant is reporting today that Pilobolus Dance Theater co-founder and co-artistic director Jonathan Wolken has died. Wolken died Sunday night at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York at the age of 60. The Courant article by Frank Rizzo reports that Wolken had suffered for years from myelofibrosis, a serious bone marrow disorder that disrupts the body's normal production of blood cells. Pilobolus has been a long-time fixture at the American Dance Festival. Local audiences saw the world premiere of Wolken's Redline last summer, a work in a similar vein to his 2004 high-energy piece, Megawatt. In recent...

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Choreographer Kate Weare at ADF: The Independent Interview

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Leslie Kraus & Douglas Gillespie in "The Bridge of Sighs"At one speed, the gesture is a caress: a familiar transfer of warmth between lovers of long duration. But at a different velocity, the same move registers as impact—either in bewildered self-defense or with malice aforethought. What have our eyes just seen?Audiences will likely ask themselves that question at a number of points during The Bridge of Sighs, which choreographer Kate Weare's company performs during the showcase her group splits with Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15 & 16, at the American Dance Festival. (A video excerpt...

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Monica Bill Barnes at ADF: The Independent Interview

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Anna Bass & Deborah Lohse in "Another Parade"Well, something makes them do it: the dancers who walk—not just once, but repeatedly—out upon a empty, darkened stage, in front of hundreds of strangers who’ve paid money to see what they can do, before the first gestures provide the confirmation: Yes, they are the evening’s entertainment.On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16, New York choreographer Monica Bill Barnes shares a showcase with Kate Weare at the American Dance Festival. Barnes’s company performs excerpts from Another Parade, a work that investigates, with wit and poignancy, what makes performers perform, and what exactly our relationship...

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