EVENTS

EVENTS

Jun
15
Fri
ShaLeigh Dance Works presents E Pluribus Unum II @ The Durham Arts Council's PSI Theatre
Jun 15 – Jun 16 all-day

ShaLeigh Dance Works presents E Pluribus Unum II
A World Premiere collaboration with Elizabeth Corbett and Alejandro Santoyo

ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of E Pluribus Unum II, the company’s first collaborative project with acclaimed soloist, international guest artist and former Forsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett. The work builds from Comerford’s nine year relationship with Corbett as her teacher, choreographer and mentor. Both decided to create their own separate works in different locations from a singular script that Corbett developed based on the Laban cube. The title of the work implies the oneness out of many as a response to both the polarization we have felt as a nation as well as how the courageous process of creation unites us.

International composer and pianist Alejandro Santoyo joins SDW to perform an original score for the work. Santoyo will perform live while utilizing the composition developed from the movement’s organizational principles that allow for moments of improvisation. Working collaboratively, Corbett, Comerford and Santoyo challenge the traditional distinction between choreographer, composer and dancer, using their methodology to question hierarchy, authorship and disciplinary boundaries.

E Pluribus Unum II is choreographed by Artistic Director ShaLeigh Comerford in collaboration with Elizabeth Corbett and ShaLeigh Dance Works’ Company members. Original score is created and performed by Alejandro Santoyo.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm

Working with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company holds the world’s largest archive of classic African-American dance works and one of the largest of any kind among contemporary dance companies. Noteworthy choreographers who have worked with the company over four decades include Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Bill T. Jones, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Bebe Miller, and Doug Varone. DCDC’s March 2016 performance of Donald McKayle’s Rainbow “‘Round My Shoulder” (originally set on the company as part of ADF’s Black Traditions in American Modern Dance program and featured in the Emmy Award-winning Free to Dance), produced by Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, was recognized by The New York Dance and Performance Awards and received a 2016 “Bessie” award for Outstanding Revival. In 2012 the company embarked on the New Works Project for the creation of new dance work by world-leading choreographers and emerging choreographers of great promise. Work to be performed includes “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” “This I Know For Sure…,” “Awassa Astrige/Ostrich,” and a new ADF commissioned work by 2017 “Bessie” award winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski.

Jun
16
Sat
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Children’s Matinee @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm

Working with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company holds the world’s largest archive of classic African-American dance works and one of the largest of any kind among contemporary dance companies. Noteworthy choreographers who have worked with the company over four decades include Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Bill T. Jones, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Bebe Miller, and Doug Varone. 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 lobby, complete with live music, face-painting, snacks, and additional activities.

Shen Wei Dance Arts @ Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm

One of the premier international dance companies, Shen Wei Dance Arts has won worldwide acclaim for “amassing a body of works so strikingly original they defy categorization”—The Boston Globe. The work Shen Wei makes for his company draws on influences as varied as traditional Chinese culture and arts, European surrealism, American high modernism, and the ritual power of ancient drama. Transcending east and west, Shen Wei Dance Arts fuses these disparate forms to forge a startling new hybrid form of dance. The company’s dances reflect the compositional rigor of Shen Wei the visual artist, dancer, and choreographer—incorporating vivid colors, striking design, and imaginative use of space into theatrical, kinetic paintings. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of ADF’s involvement to help develop modern dance in China based on their own culture and traditions. Shen Wei was one of the first young dancers to graduate from the earliest classes taught by ADF faculty in Guangzhou, and in 2000, he founded his company while in residence at ADF. The company will perform “Neither,” a work that reflects on Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett’s 1977 anti-opera of the same name. In this piece Shen Wei immerses 11 dancers into massive and luminous sets of this own design, exquisitely illuminated by Jennifer Tipton’s lighting. This performance contains brief nudity.

Jun
17
Sun
Shen Wei Dance Arts @ Durham Performing Arts Center
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm

One of the premier international dance companies, Shen Wei Dance Arts has won worldwide acclaim for “amassing a body of works so strikingly original they defy categorization”—The Boston Globe. The work Shen Wei makes for his company draws on influences as varied as traditional Chinese culture and arts, European surrealism, American high modernism, and the ritual power of ancient drama. Transcending east and west, Shen Wei Dance Arts fuses these disparate forms to forge a startling new hybrid form of dance. The company’s dances reflect the compositional rigor of Shen Wei the visual artist, dancer, and choreographer—incorporating vivid colors, striking design, and imaginative use of space into theatrical, kinetic paintings. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of ADF’s involvement to help develop modern dance in China based on their own culture and traditions. Shen Wei was one of the first young dancers to graduate from the earliest classes taught by ADF faculty in Guangzhou, and in 2000, he founded his company while in residence at ADF. The company will perform “Neither,” a work that reflects on Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett’s 1977 anti-opera of the same name. In this piece Shen Wei immerses 11 dancers into massive and luminous sets of this own design, exquisitely illuminated by Jennifer Tipton’s lighting. This performance contains brief nudity.

Jun
21
Thu
Pilobolus @ Durham Performing Arts Center
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm

“Pilobolus embodies a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery. Making something new with the same standard body parts the rest of us have”—The Washington Post. Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. Moses Pendleton, an English literature major and cross-country skier, Jonathan Wolken, a philosophy science major and fencer, and Steve Johnson, a pre-med student and pole vaulter, were enrolled in a dance composition class taught by Alison Becker Chase. In that class, they created their first piece, which they titled “Pilobolus”—and a legacy of movement and magic was born. This perennial crowd favorite will present an evening of work based on the five senses including “Gnomen,” a quartet for men with its lyrical exploration of relationships emerging from an unusually inventive physical vocabulary and “Day Two,” one of the company’s most amazing works set to a soundtrack from Brian Eno and Talking Heads that captures the awe of evolution and the wonder of existence. Additionally, Pilobolus teams up with Indie rocker Thao Nguyen in a new ADF commission to create the company’s first all-woman trio. Working in the mode of collage, the darkly comic, physically theatrical piece begins with myriad movement cliches that surround us every day, and then chisels away at them to reveal the nuances of power and the contradictions of identity. Members of Pilobolus will be in residency at ADF Samuel H. Scripps Studios the week of May 21. Evening performances contain nudity.

Jun
22
Fri
Places Please! Starring Nicole Wolcott & Larry Keigwin @ Rubenstein Arts Center, von der Heyden Studio Theater
Jun 22 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm

Co-presented by ADF and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Nicole Wolcott, a Brooklyn based artist called ,“One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by The New York Times, and ADF alumni Larry Keigwin, a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back, present their latest work “Places Please!,” a zany trip backstage in the final moments before the curtain goes up. The audience becomes privy to the anxiety and playfulness of life behind the scenes in this anticipation-fueled program that celebrates and extends the creative relationship that served as KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s foundation during its burgeoning years. Set as a dreamscape sonic collage, the evening attempts to capture the parallel and intersecting paths of a dynamic creative process and relationship.

Jun
23
Sat
Coming Home: ADF Alumni Return @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm

ADF will highlight the significant talent that has come out of its school programs with a first-ever ADF Alumni Concert. Five choreographers, from a field of over 130 entries, were selected by an all ADF alumni panel (Elaine Bayless, Krystal Butler, Li Chiao-Ping, Kim Cullen, Mark Dendy, Larry Keigwin, Nicholas Leichter, Johnnie Mercer, Sherone Price, and Elena Slobodchikova) to participate in this historic program. Burr Johnson (ADF student 2006-2009), Raja Feather Kelly (ADF student 2008), Julio Medina (ADF student 2011), Chafin Seymour (ADF student 2010), and Alex Springer (ADF student 2003) and Xan Burley will present an exciting evening of original works.

Jun
24
Sun
Coming Home: ADF Alumni Return @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm

ADF will highlight the significant talent that has come out of its school programs with a first-ever ADF Alumni Concert. Five choreographers, from a field of over 130 entries, were selected by an all ADF alumni panel (Elaine Bayless, Krystal Butler, Li Chiao-Ping, Kim Cullen, Mark Dendy, Larry Keigwin, Nicholas Leichter, Johnnie Mercer, Sherone Price, and Elena Slobodchikova) to participate in this historic program. Burr Johnson (ADF student 2006-2009), Raja Feather Kelly (ADF student 2008), Julio Medina (ADF student 2011), Chafin Seymour (ADF student 2010), and Alex Springer (ADF student 2003) and Xan Burley will present an exciting evening of original works.

Orquesta GarDel monthly residency @ Living Arts Collective
Jun 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Both Orquesta GarDel and Living Arts Collective are thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration for 2018 – GarDel is the salsa-band-in-residence at LAC. Every fourth Sunday we will perform in this intimate, inviting dance studio. All are welcome – social salsa dancers, dancers of all backgrounds and skills, people who just want to chill and groove to the Latin rhythms.

This is a social artistic experiment – GarDel will use the residency to take chances, try new arrangements, workshop original songs in progress and ask for feedback. Overtime, the LAC community will co-locate dance lessons, painters, artisans from many disciplines.

Doors open: 3:00pm
Live Music: 3:30pm-5:30pm
*FREE salsa dance class by Aubrey Griffith-Zill

Admission – pay what you can to support the artists, suggested $7 to $25.

Jun
26
Tue
Paul Taylor Dance Company @ Durham Performing Arts Center
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day

The Paul Taylor Dance Company, established in 1954, is one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. Artistic Director Paul Taylor is considered by many to be America’s greatest living choreographer—a founder and towering icon of modern dance. This season’s program consists of “Mercuric Tidings,” described by New York Post’s Clive Barnes as “Danced for the sheer joy of it, the controlled expenditure of animal energy, poetry expressed as a time and motion of study, young people cavorting with the kinetic propensities of young godlets.” Additionally, the company will present the timeless, romantic masterpiece “Roses” and a newly commissioned work by another choreographer for the company.

Jun
28
Thu
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm

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.

Jun
30
Sat
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Children’s Matinee @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm

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.

Anne Plamondon @ Rubenstein Arts Center, von der Heyden Studio Theater
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Jul
1
Sun
ADF Musicians Concert @ Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, East Campus
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm

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.