2018 ADF Announces Lineup for Week #4

The American Dance Festival (ADF) kicks off week #4 with the return of Tere O'Connor Dance performing the ADF-commissioned Long Run. The North Carolina Museum of Art once again partners with ADF to present Dana Ruttenberg Dance Group's witty, interactive Naba 2.0. The Carolina Theater stage will be the scene of five spectacular solos by Michelle Dorrance, Rhapsody James, Yabin Wang, Aparna Ramaswamy, and Camille A. Brown in the Wondrous Women program. The talented ADF faculty will present work at Reynolds Industries Theater. ADF's Movies by Movers continues its summer screenings, and ADF School Tours offer a glimpse into the world of dancers-in-training.


Reynolds Industries Theater

Tuesday, July 10 | 8:00pm

Wednesday, July 11 | 8:00pm

ADF Commission!

Tere O'Connor has created over 40 works for his company and toured these throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Canada. Tere O'Connor Dance develops and performs new works by O'Connor with his dancers and collaborators. The company challenges the boundaries of dance by constructing a complex dance language, presenting the works to broad audiences, and by embodying a strong commitment to articulating choreographic concepts through extensive teaching and dialogues. O'Connor has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet and White Oak Dance Project, and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. O'Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow and a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow, among numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many others. He has received three "Bessie" awards. Tere O'Connor Dance will present the new ADF-commissioned work Long Run.


Co-presented by ADF and the North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art

Saturday, July 14 | 6:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, July 15 | 6:00pm & 8:00pm

Monday, July 16 | 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 6:00pm & 8:00pm

Tuesday, July 17 | 6:00pm & 8:00pm

ADF Debut!

Israeli born dancer and choreographer Dana Ruttenberg presents Naba 2.0. Ruttenberg seeks to create works that engage all the senses, not excluding the sense of humor, and to expand the existing audiences for dance. To that aim, she collaborates with artists from different fields (theater, film, music, and visual art) and examines new angles for the presentation and experience of dance. Naba 2.0 invites audiences, through the use of audio guides, to choose their own soundtrack for the work which roams the galleries reacting to the presented artwork. "There was an exciting feeling of an underground experience less reminiscent of a visit to the museum and more like entering a desirable club after hours. There were beautiful moments in which the dancers brought the artworks to life, be it human, animal, or statue. It all felt alive. Ruttenberg is a witty and original choreographer"-Yedioth Ahronot.


The Carolina Theater

Friday, July 13 | 8:00pm

Saturday, July 14 | 7:00pm

ADF Commissioned World Premieres! | ADF Debuts!

Five talented, award-winning female choreographers and performers present an

evening of glorious solo dance. Tap dancer, choreographer, and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, street jazz choreographer Rhapsody James, and contemporary Chinese choreographer Yabin Wang will each premiere ADF-commissioned solos. Co-artistic Director Aparna Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance Company will present an ADF-commissioned solo as well, with newly composed music also commissioned by ADF. Camille A. Brown returns to the festival with a section from her latest work ink, which celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora.


Faculty Concert

Reynolds Industries Theater

Saturday, July 14 | 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Each year, ADF's internationally renowned faculty share their explosive talent, skill, and creativity with over 400 students. The faculty will present a concert of their own choreography, performed by ADF students and faculty themselves. Same program at both performances.

ADF's Movies by Movers
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Saturdays, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, and Sunday July 15, 2:00pm
White Lecture Hall on Duke's east campus
Monday, June 25, 2:00pm
Free and open to the public!
Moving images, moving bodies. Movement and film just go together. ADF's Movies by Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Please visit the ADF website for the full screening schedule.

Tours of the ADF School

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Mornings, June 25-July 17 | 9:00am-10:15am

& 11:15am-12:30pm

Free and open to the public!

Afternoon tours are available upon request.
Throughout the summer, ADF School tours offer individuals, families, and community groups an insider's perspective where you can experience the world-renowned ADF faculty, students, and musicians hard at work. These tours of the school increase your understanding of modern dance and ADF, highlighting the history of the festival up to the present day. Schedule your tour today to observe art in action as well as obtain details about the 2018 season. For more information contact Caitlyn Swett at caitlyn@americandancefestival.org or 919-684-6402.

Tickets for DPAC


Durham Performing Arts Center Ticket Center


123 Vivian St.

Durham, NC 27701

Monday-Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm

The DPAC box office will open three hours prior to event time.

Tickets for Reynolds Industries Theater, North Carolina Museum of Art, Durham Fruit, Rubenstein Arts Center, and Baldwin Auditorium


Duke University Box Office


Bryan University Center

Duke University West Campus

Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-6:00pm

The Duke box office will open one hour prior to event time.

Tickets for The Carolina Theater of Durham


919- 560-3030

309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701

Monday-Friday 11am- 6pm

About ADF:

Throughout its 85-year history, ADF has been a nationally recognized leader in our indigenous art form of modern dance. Generations of dancers and choreographers have come to ADF as students, taught as faculty, and created and performed work as professional artists. Each summer, ADF has been the beating heart of the dance world. The best companies in the world premiere work on ADF's stage, much of it commissioned by the festival. Other festivals and season programs are measured against ADF. Over 25,000 people see performances by more than 30 companies each season. The festival has commissioned 427 works and premiered 689 pieces including dances by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor. Each summer at ADF, more than 300 students from some 25 countries and 42 states study with ADF's 50 faculty members. They come as kids in leotards with as many doubts as dreams. They leave as dancers and artists-and sometimes even new members of companies. Lives change in those 5½ sweaty weeks. Beyond the summer, ADF maintains year-round dance studios offering movement classes to over 650 participants, provides over 180 free classes to almost 4,000 local dancers, and offers choreographic residences providing artists with the necessary space and time to create. americandancefestival.org.

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