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Friday, July 29, 2011

ADF 2011 Season Wrap II (Extended Dance Remix):
When the Music Takes Control. And Then Doesn't Give It Back.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM

NOTE: As happens every year, we had a lot more to say about the AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL than we could ever fit into the print version of the INDEPENDENT. Thus these expanded essays, which delve more in depth into some of the issues that came up—plus one or two that didn't—during the season: our extended dance mixes for the 2011 ADF. IN THIS REMIX:THE ALTERNATIVE HERSTORY OF ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAKER CRASH-COURSE BUTOH CRASHES ONCE AGAINMUSIC TO, THROUGH, AND AT TIMES IN LIEU OF DANCING: HUBBARD STREET, SHEN WEI, EMANUEL GAT, DOUG VARONE, RON K. BROWN, PILOBOLUS & OK GO...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

ADF 2011 Season Wrap I (Extended Dance Remix):
Dear Science

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 5:19 AM

NOTE: As happens every year, we had a lot more to say about the AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL than we could ever fit into the print version of the INDEPENDENT. Thus these expanded essays, which delve more in depth into some of the issues that came up—plus one or two that didn't—during the season: our extended dance mixes for the 2011 ADF. THE YEAR IN SCIENCE, GAME (AND CHOREOGRAPHY): SHEN WEI, EMANUEL GAT, THOMAS DEFRANTZ, PILOBOLUS What has taken the place of conventional (or even unconventional) narrative, so devalued among some contemporary dance artists? One answer: the scientific and mathematical frames...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Exclusive ADF video preview:
PAUL TAYLOR's THE UNCOMMITTED

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of THE UNCOMMITTED by PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY at the 2011 American Dance Festival. Taylor has dedicated the work to departing ADF president Charles Reinhart. The Paul Taylor Dance Company closes the 2011 ADF with performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Saturday, July 23. Regular viewers will note the brevity of this entry when compared with the eight other video previews we have produced during the 2011 ADF season, and the one company-produced video we reposted, Emanuel Gat's "trailer" for BRILLIANT CORNERS. Taylor's company restricted our finished video preview of...

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Captain America is hokey, pulpy fun ... no more, no less

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Captain America: The First Avengertwo starsOpens Friday Trianglewide Captain America: The First Avenger ably accomplishes its primary mission: serving as the latest—and perhaps last—place setter for Marvel's long-gestating Avengers ensemble. What is shrewdly surprising about this rockem sockem, old-fashioned origin story of runt-turned-super solider Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, formerly "flaming on" in The Fantastic Four) is that the film tempers the jingoism you'd inherently expect from the chronicles of a super hero named, well, Captain America. Repeatedly rejected for military induction during World War II because of a menagerie of maladies, bird-chested Steve Rogers is plucked from a life of...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Exclusive ADF video preview: MARTHA CLARKE's ETUDES FOR ITALY

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of ETUDES FOR ITALY by MARTHA CLARKE at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The work is part of ADF's PAST/FORWARD concert, in Reynolds Theater through Wednesday, July 20....

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Exclusive video preview: BULAREYAUNG PAGARLAVA's LANDSCAPES 2011 ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of LANDSCAPES 2011 ADF by BULAREYAUNG PAGARLAVA at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The work is part of the ADF's PAST/FORWARD concert, in Reynolds Theater through Wednesday, July 20....

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Exclusive video preview: SHEN WEI's LIMITED STATES world premiere at ADF (NSFW)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Please note that this video clip contains nudity and should be considered not safe for work. Viewer discretion is advised. Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of LIMITED STATES by SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company performs at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Saturday, July 16....

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Author Michael Sims discusses the universal love for Charlotte's Web

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

What inspired a simple story about a spider? Author Michael Sims found the truth when he decided to examine one of the most beloved children's books of all time in The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic (Walker and Company, $25). Sims, who'll appear at Quail Ridge Books and Music on Monday, July 11, talked with us about the book, which examines E.B. White's inspirations and process for this heartfelt (and heartbreaking) story. It proves nearly as compelling as Charlotte's Web itself. Indy: How did the book come about?...

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First facts: Shen Wei's upcoming world premiere,
LIMITED STATES, at ADF

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 2011 - photo courtesy Shen Wei Dance Arts"> Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 2011." title="Hunter Carter, Jessica Harris and Brandon Whited in STILL MOVING. Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 2011." width="300" height="355" />photo courtesy Shen Wei Dance ArtsHunter Carter, Jessica Harris and Brandon Whited in STILL MOVING.Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 2011Thursday afternoon, the American Dance Festival released the tantalizing first details of choreographer SHEN WEI's new work, whose world premiere next Thursday is easily anticipated as one of the high points of ADF’s 2011 season. Its name is LIMITED STATES. Rumors concerning a video...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cirque du Soleil's Alegria soars

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Cirque du Soleil’s AlegriaRBC Center, RaleighEvening and matinee shows through July 10 The fabled Cirque du Soleil, based in Montreal, but now a world-wide performing institution, has brought its light-hearted Alegria to Raleigh for a run that includes shows well-timed for children, who will especially appreciate the silly clowning in this confection that lauds the spirit of youth. Alegria is a Spanish word for the bubbly condition of joy, and the Cirque brings it physical reality with their extraordinarily strong circus techniques. Alegria premiered in Montreal in 1994, and has become a Cirque classic, having been viewed by more than...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Please—no photos: Emanuel Gat Dance at ADF

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

When a film studio foregoes all previews of an upcoming release, that usually conveys a certain lack of faith in the finished product. This week, we'll find out what a similar circumstance means in choreographer EMANUEL GAT's case when his company performs during the American Dance Festival at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The festival scheduled no photo shoot for Gat. There was no need for one, since the company wanted no press photography of any kind taken of his latest work, BRILLIANT CORNERS, which premiered two weeks ago in Vienna. The company has made its own trailer for the...

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