American Dance Festival to feature 47 performances

From staff reportsMay 21, 2013 

The American Dance Festival’s 80th anniversary season, June 13-July 27, will feature 47 performances by 25 companies and choreographers from around the world.

The season also includes four collaborations including the ADF and Lincoln Center Out of Doors co-commission of a new site specific performance by Mark Dendy. The work will premiere in New York City during ADF’s season and will feature 80 dancers in honor of the festival’s anniversary.

Founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vt., by modern dance legends Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman, ADF attracts audiences from around the world to see performances by companies and artists of the highest caliber.

The anniversary season is packed with performances including eight ADF commissioned world premieres by both newcomers to the ADF stage including LeeSaar The Company, Adele Myers, and Vanessa Voskuil, as well as by ADF favorites Twyla Tharp and Rosie Herrera.

Iconic dance troupe Pilobolus will present two commissioned world premieres in collaboration masterful illusionists Penn and Teller and with Trish Sie and Tijuana’s Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible. The season will also feature Paul Taylor Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Argentina’s Brenda Angiel Ariel Dance Company, Mark Haim, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, and Faye Driscoll, as well as the ADF debuts of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Canada’s The 605 Collective, Ireland’s ponydance, and four North Carolina artists that were chosen by a national panel of judges to present their work in a special shared-program in collaboration with the NC Dance Festival.

The season will close with a program titled Forces of Dance that will include an ADF commissioned world premiere by Twyla Tharp, as well as reconstructed works by Graham and Bill T. Jones. The performance will also include the moving solo from 2013 Scripps/ADF Award recipient Lin Hwai-min’s Moon Water.

The 2013 festival performances will take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Reynolds Industries Theater and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Motorco Music Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. All performances begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Single tickets and subscriptions are on sale now and prices range from $15 to $54 with many savings options available. Tickets can be purchased through the ADF website at

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