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Jul. 2, 2013
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American Dance Festival opens, now in its 80th year (June 13 – July 28, 2013)
Since its founding in 1934, the American Dance Festival (ADF) has remained dedicated to nurturing and sustaining modern dance and serving the needs of both domestic and foreign dancers and choreographers by encouraging and supporting the creation and presentation of new modern dance work. Celebrating its 80th year in 2013, the festival is being held over a six-week period with the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) of North Carolina and the Reynolds Industries Theater of Duke University as its main venues.
The DPAC program opened with performances of two works of Shen Wei, who choreographed the dances for the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, including his representative work Near the Terrace (2000) and the newly commissioned work Collective Measures. Another highlight is a dance spectacle titled Air Condition by Argentina’s Brenda Angiel, who attended the Cunningham School and then participated in the ADF international choreographer training program, and performed by her Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company famous for their use of aerial techniques. Also on the program is a new work by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, who returns to ADF after sold-out performances in the 2012 festival, and performances by leading American modern dance artists including PILOBOLUS, Paul Taylor and Tricia Brown presenting representative or new works.
The program for the Duke University theater features six works by emerging choreographers from the U.S. and abroad. The artists include the New York-based Israeli company LeeSaar The Company; the Vancouver, Canada-based company 605 Collective known for their fusions of hip hop and modern dance; Camille A. Brown, an artist who explores black stereotypes, from the historic to the ones permeating pop culture; Faye Driscoll, a unique artist who creates new forms of theatrical dance works and other performances such as a showcase by a dance festival that tours the local North Carolina area organized jointly by ADF and NC Dance Festival.
The recipient of this year’s Scripps/ADF Award for choreographers making outstanding contributions to modern dance is Lin Hwai-min, leader of Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. To commemorate this award, Lin Hwai-min’s 1998 solo masterpiece Moon Water will be performed along with works by other former ADF Award winners in a program titled “Force of Dance” that includes Martha Graham’s Ritual to the Moon (from Acts of Light 1981), a restaging of Bill T. Jones’ Love Re-Defined (1996) and a new work by Twyla Tharp.
In addition to the performances at the Duke University theater, the program includes “off-stage sessions” at a number of alternative spaces such as the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, an international screen dance festival, a program of special performances and concerts by school instructors and students and a program for children, among others.
A special event commemorating the 80th anniversary of ADF will also be held at Lincoln Center in New York (July 24-25). Jointly commissioned by ADF and Lincoln Center, Mark Dendy, an artist known for his large-scale site-specific works, will mount a spectacle involving 80 performers in the public spaces of the Center.

Festival Outline
American Dance Festival (ADF) has a long and proud history as one of the largest-scale dance festivals in the United States. The forerunner of ADF is the dance festival of the Bennington School of Dance founded in 1934 by the artists known as the second generation of American modern dance: Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Even through World War II the festival continued as a platform for nurturing dancers and choreographers and supporting the creation and performance of their works. From 1977 the theater, studios, dormitories and other facilities of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina have served as the ADF base, where every summer programs of performances, courses, workshops and the ADF Awards, etc., have been held. “Mini-ADF” satellite festivals have also been held in foreign venues such as Tokyo in 1984 and ’86 and in South Korea and Russia, etc.
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