American Dance Festival (ADF): Ballet Preljocaj

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( Fri., Jul. 11, 2014 - Sat., Jul. 12, 2014 )

Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701-3637


The 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement recipient, Angelin Preljocaj, brings his company, Ballet Preljocaj, to DPAC to perform Empty moves (parts I, II, and III). Empty moves is composed of actions and movements inspired by the words and phonemes read by John Cage at the Teatro Lirico in Milan, recorded live on December 2, 1977. The notion of the alienation effect, of the disintegration of the movement, and of a new manner of choreographic phrasing takes precedence over their meaning and essence. Through these means this dance work connects with text by Henry David Thoreau, which was John Cage's starting point. This is the US premiere of part III and the US premiere of all three parts performed together on one program. Mr. Preljocaj will be presented with his award immediately prior to the performance on Friday, July 11.



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  • Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM