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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ADF 2012: Brian Brooks Moving Company

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Rosalie O'Connor Brian Brooks Moving CompanyJuly 16-18American Dance FestivalReynolds Industries Theater Brian Brooks makes a big production out of very little material. He choreographs all of the dances, which initially give the impression of being big and glitzy, for the aptly named Brian Brooks Moving Company. And he does it with a limited vocabulary that depends on virtuosic physical expression for what interest it arouses. The dancers are supremely fit body-machines, capable of many rapid repetitions without pause. The body and certain aspects of its capabilities (such as, how close can one get to perpetual motion?) seem to be the...

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

ADF 2012: Vertigo Dance and the clarification of presence

Posted By on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Vertigo Dance Company - Images by Independent WeeklyVERTIGO DANCEAmerican Dance Festival@ DPACJuly 13-14 You can tell it’s an election year because of the dualities in the air. “I’m for doing this, but that guy is for doing that.” It’s obvious why political discourse is so full of these statements of polar opposition. Opposites are simple. Even babies get “either/or.” This is why there are nearly as many “opposites” books in the toddler section of the bookstore as there are those listing colors or letters of the alphabet. Something is either in or out, black or white. It’s either day or...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ADF 2012: Ragamala Dance's intense, hypnotic ritual

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Photo courtesy of Ragamala DanceSacred EarthRAGAMALA DANCEAmerican Dance Festival@Reynolds Industries TheaterThrough July 12 I just saw something beautiful, although I had to forget myself to see it. Ragamala Dance, a company of six women under the artistic direction of mother-daughter team Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, opened a three-night run of their evening-length work Sacred Earth at the American Dance Festival in Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater. Thematically, Ragamala portrays man’s inextricable connection to nature through a rich combination of traditions such as Indian classical dance and music, Tamil Sangam poetry, Warli mural painting and Kolam floor painting. OK. That’s the straight...

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Friday, July 6, 2012

ADF 2012: Perennial favorite Pilobolus falls flat

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Photo by Sam TrullSkyscrapersPilobolusADF at DPACThrough July 7www.dpacnc.com I know there is supposed to be a first time for everything—but a disappointing Pilobolus performance? Before last night I hadn’t thought it possible. Life constantly assures us that everything changes and that is all that can be depended upon, and after 40 years, surely Pilobolus’ current members must be interested in experimenting outside their well-known style. But, but, but … it is a shame that the company is messing around with simulacra when they have those electrifying bodies. American Dance Festival hosts Pilobolus each year, making happy audiences and making money...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

ADF 2012: The sincere artifice of Monica Bill Barnes and Company

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Photo by Grant HalversonThe opening of "Luster," which premiered this weekend at ADFREYNOLDS INDUSTRIES THEATER/ DURHAM—I figured out the reason for all the weird, prescient meteorology of the last week. It was Monica Bill Barnes and Company blowing into town. There’s no other way to put it: Barnes bedazzled Reynolds Industries Theater Sunday night at the American Dance Festival. They brought glitz; they brought glam. Batons twirled and confetti fluttered. The dancers gripped chairs in their teeth. If you need your corporeal form recharged, get to their show tonight or Tuesday. Sounds like a lot of fluff? It wasn’t. The...

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

ADF 2012: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's machineries of memory and fantasy

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago : Quintett - Images by Independent Weekly DURHAM/ DPAC—Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performed a long program in the Durham Performing Arts Center last night for the American Dance Festival: three pieces and two full intermissions, which they’ll reprise tonight. Each of the dances—created by 2012 Scripps/ADF Awardee William Forsythe, Hubbard Street resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gaï Behar—could have stood alone on its own. Each certainly contains an evening’s worth of content, but the evening doesn’t suffer in the least from that. Rather, it demonstrates the central characteristic of this repertory...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

2012 ADF Season Honoree Mary Regan: The Independent Interview

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

NC Arts Council2012 ADF Season Honoree Mary ReganThe American Dance Festival is dedicating its 2012 season to long-time supporter Mary Regan. At its opening gala on June 14, ADF Director Jodee Nimerichter noted, "Her incredible leadership of the North Carolina Arts Council transformed North Carolina into a place where art matters and thrives. Her years of innovative programming enriched North Carolina’s diverse and dynamic arts community and touched lives throughout the state and beyond." In February of this year, Regan retired after 39 years with the North Carolina Arts Council—36 of them as its executive director. On March 2, just...

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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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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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