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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Departing ADF Dean Donna Faye Burchfield:
The Independent Interview

Posted By on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 10:29 PM

photo courtesy Christy PessagnoDeparting ADF Dean Donna Faye BurchfieldRelating a conversation with Donna Faye Burchfield, Dean of the American Dance Festival, without audio and video footage—or Labanotation, for the dance transcriptionists in the audience—is, to some degree, an exercise in frustration. Even when seated, her hands and body frequently work through and illustrate the concepts we’re discussing. Her speech is peppered with sudden stops for reflection, followed by equally sudden surges of insight. Pensive murmurs contrast with full-bodied laughs as she contemplates the absurdities and deeper implications of her craft. As the festival’s Dean since 2000, and in other roles...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

ADF Classroom Series: Elsewhere on the ADF Campus…technique

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Photo by Sarah EwaldInstructor Jimmy Morrow observes his dancers' steppin' skills. The experience of shadowing dancer Kat Folckomer as she attended classes made me curious about the other classes offered during ADF. I chose three more classes to attend and observe. As ADF asks of its students, I chose two technique classes and one theory class. I arrived at the Durham School of the Arts’ Upper Studio for the technique class called “Slosh and Fall: Moving with Weight, Clarity and Ease.” Instructor Abby Yager addressed the intriguing title, telling me that the class "addresses the question of weight how...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ADF Classroom Series: Want some theory with that practice?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Photo by Sarah EwaldADF student dancers discuss relevant issues in Jesse Zarritt's composition class. After sitting in on Kat Folckomer’s two technique classes, I follow her to the Nelson Music Room. It’s here where she’ll attend her last class of the day, “Composition, Improvisation: the Practice of Performance.” This class is designated as Section B, meaning that it’s a class devoted to theory. “We’re only allowed to take two technique classes a day, so the other one has to be theory,” Folckomer says. “I wanted to take this class because I’m focusing more on technique and I wanted to...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shen Wei artistic associate Sara Procopio at ADF:
The Independent Interview

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Artistic associate Sara ProcopioFor most American Dance Festival students, it’s the stuff of dreams: After an enigmatic young choreographer spots you in an audition, you work for six weeks on what becomes the standout of the season. Then he says he wants to start a company, with you, in New York. That company rises quickly to the heights of modern dance, with seasons at home and performances in cities and festivals around the world. When your choreographer creates dances for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, your work is viewed by billions of people when it’s broadcast across the...

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cunningham reconstructor Jean Freebury at ADF:
The Independent Interview

Posted By on Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Jean FreeburyIn my first experiences with modern dance, thirty years ago, there was everyone else—and then there was Merce Cunningham. Though dance innovations abounded in the ‘80s, inevitably the other choreographers I recall encountering would use dance as narrative—to achieve theater by other means.But not Merce. Or, at least, not then. By that time, Cunningham’s theatrical experiments of the ‘40s and ‘50s had ceded to works considerably more abstract, but no less intellectual. Theater by other means? No. Think architecture, instead. Or abstract expressionism, for that matter, with more than an occasional diversion into the world of nature—seemingly, at times,...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

ADF Classroom Series: Elsewhere on campus—The Duke Gardens Project

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Photo by Sarah EwaldDancers rehearse in trios in Rodger Belman's Duke Gardens repertory class. The Repertory Workshop: Duke Gardens Project class met in the wood-paneled Southgate Gym. A mat lay over the small basketball court and, with giant, deafening fans overhead, dancers gathered in groups, chatted and warmed up waiting for class to start. Professor Rodger Belman’s class stems from a personal project last summer, when he staged a work in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens with 30 students working on their own time. More than 300 attended the performance, so Belman added the class to the ADF school curriculum...

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Choreographer Rosie Herrera at ADF:
The Independent Interview

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM

After five full weeks of dance, it was hard to shake the inaccurate sense that we’d already seen it all. But when a dapper young man shot a young woman sitting across from him at a café table in the face, without warning, with a high-power water hose on stage during the final week of last year’s American Dance Festival, it was a wake-up call, to say the least. Then, just to make sure we got the point, he did it again. And again, as the stunned party crowd on stage went as still as the audience. from Rosie Herrera's...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

ADF Classroom Series: Get your technique on

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Photo by Sarah EwaldBrenda Daniels' students stretch it out. I meet up with ADF student dancer Kat Folckomer in front of Epworth Hall, where ADF maintains its administrative headquarters. She’s wearing a loose-fitting brown tee, shorts, Birkenstock sandals and sunglasses. It’s 10 a.m., and class starts in 15 minutes. On the way to her first class, Folckomer explains that classes are held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On the other days, students have the option to attend informal classes, such as Pilates, or attend showings of work other students are in the process of producing. Classes are divided based...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Choreographer Martha Clarke at ADF:
The Independent Interview

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 1:15 AM

It’s been a whirlwind of a year—but it’s not at all clear that MARTHA CLARKE would have it any other way. In February she workshopped a new arrangement of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for a Broadway producer. She also learned two bits of news: She’d won the Scripps/American Dance Festival award for Lifetime Achievement, with an honorarium of $50,000. Plus, she’d received a commission for a new work to premiere at this year’s ADF. The result, ANGEL REAPERS, is based on the history of an obscure New England sect: The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing—better known as...

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Monday, July 5, 2010

ADF Classroom: Meet Kat, an ADF student dancer

Posted By on Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM

2009 ADF / Sara D. DavisKat Folckomer (fifth from right) dances in last year's "Past/Forward Workshop." You could be forgiven if you thought American Dance Festival was solely about the performances at Duke’s Reynolds Theatre and the Durham Performing Arts Center. But ADF also hosts 385 student dancers from such far-flung locales as Singapore and Cambodia. One of the students is Kat Folckomer, a rising senior at Hollins University in Virginia. The last two years, she’s taken the ADF’s January intensive sessions in New York City. Hollins also requires that each dancer earning a bachelor of fine arts attend two...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Preview: Pilobolus and Art Spiegelman's
"Hapless Hooligan in 'Still Moving'"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

The news is already breaking on the new Pilobolus Dance Theater collaboration with cartoonist Art Spiegelman, creator of In the Shadow of No Towers and the ground-breaking graphic novel, Maus. Laura Collins-Hughes' June 20 article in the Boston Globe first tantalized us with descriptions of the working process and still images from the work. Then Dartmouth, where the ADF co-commission work premiered, released three juicy minutes of highlights from the work, on YouTube: About the same time, Pilobolus published a ten-minute featurette on the work, including behind the scenes intervews with Spiegelman, chhoreographer Michael Tracy and animators Dan and Jason...

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Eiko & Koma: 36 Works

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Eiko & KomaIf you couldn't make the screening of Eiko & Koma: 36 Works this week at ADF, the film is also viewable on the web, here. Created as part of their Retrospective Project (2009-2012), and edited by Eiko Otake Yamada with assistance from designer Tara Kelton and videographer Shoko Letton, the 37-minute film "shows the trajectory of Eiko & Koma's career through short excerpts" from works created since the duo moved to the United States in 1976....

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Great review! Since it was out in previous paper, how do we get this in print? Possible to order it?

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Thanks RobU. This review ran online only.

by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

Great review! Since it was out in previous paper, how do we get this in print? Possible to order it?

by RobU on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

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