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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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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

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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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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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Exclusive video preview: SERAPH, Pilobolus world premiere

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of SERAPH, a collaboration between the dance company PILOBOLUS and the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, at the 2011 American Dance Festival. Pilobolus performs at the Durham Performing Arts Center through July 2....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Video preview: Rosie Herrera's DINING ALONE

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Video footage from the world premiere of Rosie Herrera's DINING ALONE at the 2011 American Dance Festival. Herrera's company performs DINING ALONE and PITY PARTY through June 29 at Reynolds Theater....

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Video preview: Ronald K. Brown / Evidence at ADF

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 6:42 PM

New video preview of the dance company Evidence performing a section of Ronald K. Brown's new suite to Stevie Wonder, ON EARTH TOGETHER, at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company appears with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company through June 25 at Durham Performing Arts Center....

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Exclusive video preview: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at ADF

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Exclusive video preview of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performing a section of Donald McKayle's RAINBOW 'ROUND MY SHOULDER at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company appears with Evidence through June 25 at Durham Performing Arts Center....

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Exclusive video preview: Tao Dance Theater at ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Exclusive video footage of TAO DANCE THEATER at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company performs June 20-22 at Reynolds Theater at Duke University. Produced and narrated by Byron Woods....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This Week at the ADF: Bill T. Jones and Tao Dance Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Lois Greenfieldfrom the 1989 production of "D-Man in the Waters"BILL T. JONES / ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANYD-MAN IN THE WATERS, SPENT DAYS OUT YONDER, CONTINUOUS REPLAYDPAC Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18 at 8 p.m. A busy year for Bill T. Jones? You decide. His incandescent musical on the life of Nigerian Afropop composer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, FELA!, closed this January after 13 months on Broadway and a no-brainer Tony Award for choreography. By then, the musical’s world tour had already opened at London’s National Theater, before dates in Fela’s native Nigeria this spring. The tour continues: FELA! opens tonight (June 15) in Amsterdam,...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

This Week at the ADF:
In-depth previews of ADF Gala 2011, Rosas Danst Rosas, & Animal Lost

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Ohad Naharin's THREE TO MAXADF GALA 2011: AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE MARTHA CLARKE MARK DENDY HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGOSCOTTISH DANCE THEATREDPAC, June 9 at 7 p.m. You understand, this just doesn’t happen. After a certain point in their careers, two dance headliners just don’t share the same stage on the same night. Five? Fuggedaboutit. But the occasion isn’t just the opening evening of the 2011 AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL. It’s something of an early retirement bash honoring director Charles Reinhart, whose long and storied career draws to a close this season. The night’s also a benefit...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ADF Announces 2011 Season — and the departure of co-director Charles Reinhart

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

ADF Co-director Charles ReinhartThe American Dance Festival announced the lineup for their 2011 season this afternoon. While longtime dance goers will hardly be shocked at the number of usual suspects listed among its 14 mainstage presentations between June 9 and July 23, the news that, after 43 years, this summer will be co-director Charles Reinhart’s last with the festival should raise at least a few eyebrows across the dance world. So, for that matter, might the festival’s choice for the 2011 Samuel H. Scripps Award: choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Despite an internationally celebrated career that has spanned 30 years...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

From the archives: Merce Cunningham—an interview and review

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Two stories from the archives, before this weekend's performances by the MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY on its farewell "Legacy Tour," for those seeking further background on his work: a revealing interview from last summer with Cunningham dancer and dance reconstructor JEAN FREEBURY, followed by an earlier critical review from his company's last appearance at the American Dance Festival. Cunningham dancer and reconstructor Jean FreeburyLast summer, ADF belatedly asked Freebury to place his ISLETS 2 on students over six weeks. After dancing with Merce’s company from 1992 to 2003, she has taught his work now for 15 years. In our July...

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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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