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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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Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Wickedly entertaining modern-day political allegory: Wicked at DPAC

Posted By on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 2:25 PM

photo by Joan MarcusDon Amendolia as the Wizard of Oz in WickedWicked 4.5 starsDPACThrough May 16 By now, they’re the kind of marketing metaphors we’ve all probably become numb to: Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Terminator. Christian Bale is Batman. Reese Witherspoon is Legally Blonde. But having seen the professional touring version of the Broadway musical, WICKED (actually, Professional Touring Company #2) at Durham Performing Arts Center, I’ve got a new one to shake things up a little: Dick Cheney IS the Wizard of Oz. Here’s a photo of actor Don Amendola, who plays the famous sorcerer (and humbug) in this...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Loading in Phantom of the Opera—and the chandelier—at DPAC

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 2:35 PM

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER/DURHAM—There's no musical juggernaut like The Phantom of the Opera: The touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's great show has been on the road for 17 years. Its upcoming month-long stand at Durham Performing Arts Center represents the fulfillment of one of the facility's objectives, and DPAC officials are betting that they'll be able to fill seats for the 32 performances that begin on Thanksgiving Day. Although the show doesn't open for another week, the huge work of loading it in began this morning. The famous decorative elements of The Phantom of the Opera-the chandelier, the...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fighting temperamental scorpions, impossible odds - and the age of jade: David Copperfield at DPAC

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Magician David Copperfield’s greatest adversary isn’t the sort of technical snafu that reportedly had him scrub one of the most amazing effects from his 5:30pm performance of An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion at DPAC yesterday afternoon: a 50’s model Lincoln convertible that we saw him, somehow, suddenly produce—not only out of thin air but set squarely in the middle of it, atop a set of pillars—despite a group of witnesses standing all around during the late show Tuesday night. His true nemesis isn’t the 8-foot industrial fan whose whirring blades he walked through at another point on his...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A somewhat less than intimate interview with David Copperfield

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM

From the printed record we surmised that magician David Copperfield wasn’t the easiest interview. The taciturn answers we'd read in most of the recent published pieces suggested a subject intent on his talking points—and, apparently, just not into most of the conversations. But perhaps, I thought, that’s because no one poses the right questions. I mean, if everyone insisted on asking you the one thing you could never answer while still keeping your job—So, uhh, how’d you do that neat trick on stage?—you’d probably get a bit peevish yourself after a while. So, in advance of "An Intimate Evening of...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Memoirs of a Greaser

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM

DPAC/ Durham-My first encounter with Grease lasted precisely 24 minutes. It was 1998 and I was in sixth grade in Western North Carolina, still getting used to my new contact lenses and wearing my hair all the way down my back. It was also the year the movie version of the "girl meets boy, boy breaks out in song, girl and boy shimmy and shake into what they think the other wants them to be" love story was re-released into theaters-just 20 years after Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (the great-grandparents of Brangelina) first rocked spandex and lettermen jackets...

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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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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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Cirques Go Berserk

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

A male dancer catapults himself onto a small table on center stage. He slowly moves into a handstand, then contorts himself to lay perpendicular to the stage, supported by one hand. The audience clapped and cheered. It could only be a Cirque trick. But which Cirque? Obviously, what comes first to mind is Cirque du Soleil. I’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil live, but I grew up devoted to it on TV. Back in Bravo’s pre-Project Runway days, they used to air a lot of Cirque du Soleil specials, thus providing one of my first introductions to what...

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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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Thursday, June 18, 2009

American Dance Festival opens 2009 season with Shen Wei world premiere

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Welcome back to the Indy's ADF blog. This year, we've revamped our arts blogging as part of a site-wide redesign. We're not blogging full-time (yet) about the arts, so we decided to create a "seasonal" arts blog that could be activated on big cultural occasions, such as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and ADF.  Byron Woods is returning to be our primary correspondent from the stages at Reynolds Industries Theater on the Duke University campus and, for the first time, the brand-new Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).  Last night, Indy arts interns Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald accompanied...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Kathy Griffin show at DPAC postponed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 3:47 PM

The acid-tongued comedian has strep throat, according to her Web site, forcing the cancellation of three shows this week, including her gig Thursday, April 23, at Durham Performing Arts Center.  No confirmation yet from officials at DPAC. UPDATE 3:59 p.m.: DPAC confirms the cancellation and says the show will be rescheduled. UPDATE Thursday, April 23: Word comes from DPAC that Griffin's performance has been rescheduled for Friday, October 16, at 8 p.m....

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