2018 Scripps/ADF Award Winner!
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, NY, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through its work, EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. The company will perform “Torch,” created as a celebration of perseverance and self–determination, a section of “On Earth Together,” inspired by and set to the music of Stevie Wonder, “Walking Out the Dark,” a danced conversation between mother brother, sister, lover, friend with a score that includes music by Phillip Hamilton (“Freedom”), Sweet Honey in the Rock (“O Death”), and Francisco Mora, and a duet from his larger work “Lessons, March,” an extraordinary duet set to a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that speaks to the value of a man. Dianne McIntyre will present the 2018 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to Ronald K. Brown prior to the company’s performance on Thursday, June 28, 8:00pm.
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, NY, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through its work, EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. This one-hour performance is specially curated to ignite and inspire the imaginations of children. The matinee is followed by a FREE Kids’ Party in the theater lobbies, complete with live music, face-painting, snacks, and additional activities.
Choreographer and performer Anne Plamondon danced in the companies of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Nederlands Dans Theater II, and Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal. Between 2002 and 2016, along with choreographer Victor Quijada, she contributed to the development of RUBBERBANDance Group, first as a performer, then as artistic co-director of the company. After twenty years of practice as a dancer, Plamondon made her debut as a choreographer in 2012 with the solo, “The Same Eyes as Yours.” In this audacious first solo work, Plamondon dares to take on the subject of mental illness. In collaboration with actress, author, and director Marie Brassard, she superimposes realities to offer an almost panoramic view of this gripping theme. Touching in her fragility, she explores the grey zones that inhabit us and cause us suffering, the incomprehension of others, and the body, too small to contain limitless thought. In “The Same Eyes as Yours,” she draws us, body and soul, into a poetic dance-theater performance, inviting us to contemplate these troubling mental struggles.
Join the stellar staff of musicians from the ADF School as they share their considerable talent with the entire community at the ADF Musicians Concert on Sunday, July 1 at 7:00pm in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University.
One Night Only!
Since 2006, collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been a significant voice in the artistic community, creating a continuous stream of critically acclaimed original works for dance companies around the world. L-E-V is the culmination of years of momentum, choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, accompanied by the original music of Ori Lichtik, delivered by fiercely talented dancers that move with expressive precision. “OCD Love” is about love, about love that always misses, or lovers who keep missing each other. Out of sync. As when one person comes to bed and the other gets up. Like something that is full and intact but has many holes in it. This work is about the holes. Performance contains adult content.
Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre has become a beloved fixture in the contemporary arts scene in Miami. The company will present “Make Believe,” originally conceived at ADF in 2013. This work uses religious iconography to explore themes of love, romance, and religious spectacle and how these rituals are unified by themes of paganism, magic, and celebrity worship. “Make Believe” deconstructs what it means to believe in magic and how that bleeds into our constructions of spirituality and our understanding of romance. This performance contains nudity.
French-born and now NC-based dancer, performer, and choreographer Murielle Elizéon presents “Brown,” a collision with the lingering allure of gender and racial stereotype. In this solo, Elizéon uses personal history to explore heritage, violence against women, loss, vulnerability, and resilience. “Brown” premiered in December 2017 during the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. Parallel to the creation of her solo, Elizéon partnered with a professional in restorative justice to create a unique post-artist talk and is developing community engagement events and movement workshops around the thematics of the piece. Following “Brown,” audiences are invited to join Elizéon in a uniquely formatted post-show artist talk facilitated by Val Hanson, director of the Restorative Justice Program at The Dispute Settlement Center in Carrboro, NC. Performance contains nudity and adult content.
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.”
Five talented female choreographers present an evening of glorious solo dance. Camille A. Brown returns to ADF with a section from her latest work “ink.” “ink” celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora and reclaims African-Americans’ narratives by showcasing their authenticity. Ragamala’s Aparna Ramaswamy, tap dancer and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, street jazz choreographer Rhapsody James, and contemporary Chinese choreographer Yabin Wang will each present ADF-commissioned solos.
Each year, the remarkable and talented ADF faculty present a concert of their own choreography, performed by ADF students and faculty. The ADF Faculty Concert will take place on Saturday, July 14 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm in Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University.
Presented in Association with The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. A.I.M, under the Artistic Direction of Kyle Abraham, creates evocative, interdisciplinary works. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, Abraham’s goal is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique. The company brings “Dearest Home,” an interactive dance work focused on love, longing, and loss, comprised primarily of solos and duets in conversation and collaboration with a variety of age groups and self-identified subcultures. The work interweaves movement in its most vulnerable and intimate state with cross-cultural conversation and community action.
Footprints delivers an outstanding presentation of three ADF-commissioned world premieres, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by ADF students. Dafi Altabeb, recipient of the 2012, 2013, and 2016 Excellence Award for young choreographers from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and the 2014 Rozenblum Award for Excellence from the Municipality of Tel-Aviv, returns to ADF. Altabeb’s work is tender, delicate, yet powerful. Her pieces project youth, courage, imagination, contradictions, and above all, honesty. 2017 “Bessie” award winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski, whose newly commissioned work with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company opened the ADF season, produces hyper physical dances. Eva Yaa Asantewaa, in a review of Zbikowski’s duet double nickels on a dime, stated, “she brings the ‘outside’ influences of punk, hip-hop, and martial arts into the formal space of concert dance but not as fetishized artifact but as form, energy, and psyche embodied, in a matter-of-factly outrageous way.” Jillian Peña’s work seeks to make visible the confusion and desire of the self in relationship to itself and others. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. She was the recipient of a 2016 “Bessie” award for Emerging Choreographer in New York and was awarded the 2014 Prix Jardin d’Europe, the European Prize for Outstanding Emerging Choreography, at ImpulsTanz Dance Festival in Vienna.