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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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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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Monday, July 20, 2009

Past/Forward at 2009 ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Footage of the 2009 American Dance Festival program Past/Forward with performances of Faye Driscoll's There's So Much Mad in Me and Laura Dean's Infinity, as reconstructed by Rodger Belman. The piece Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret by Rosie Herrera is not shown here, but will also be performed. Produced by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald....

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Paul Taylor Dance Company's "Beloved Renegade"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 4:12 PM

The footage you see here is of Beloved Renegade, as rehearsed by the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Paul Taylor established his company in 1954 in Manhattan along with five other dancers. The dance company since then has performed in 520 cities and 62 countries. Among other accomplishments, Taylor has won an Emmy award for outstanding choreographer for 1992's Paul Taylor's Speaking in Tongues. Beloved Renegade premiered in 2008 and is inspired by the works of the great American poet Walt Whitman, and set to Francis Poulenc's Gloria. Reviewing the work in February, The...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Slideshow Preview for Doug Elkins and Friends: Fraülein Maria

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Images of Doug Elkins and Friends performing Fraülein Maria at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Commentary and production by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald. Frequent Indy contributor Kate Dobbs Ariail saw the show Monday night and just published this review at cvnc.org. ...

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Slideshow Preview for Pilobolus: 2b

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Images of the world premiere of 2b by Pilobolus at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Commentary by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald....

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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...

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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, April 2, 2009

ADF announces 2009 season: new venue, usual suspects, cuts in programming...

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 5:30 AM

The American Dance Festival announced the lineup for its 2009 season at the end of last week. Dance cognoscenti had braced for the worst, given warnings earlier in the year about financial reversals in support due to the economic maelstrom. Rumor confirmed: the 2009 season will be one week shorter than usual, covering five and a half weeks from June 18-July 25. The festival has also cut the number of marquee main-stage presentations this year from 13 to 10, a reduction of almost 25 percent. Upsides, with season highlights, after the jump....

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