American Dance Festival: Ballet Hispánico

Page Auditorium 402 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, United States

Ballet Hispánico, the largest Latinx/Latine/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States, returns to ADF this summer with their recent reconstruction of House of Mad’Moiselle, unveiling the electrifying transformation of gender expressions in Latin America. In this piece, the visionary choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa deconstructs norms, and the pulsating rhythms take the audience on a provocative dance journey. Buscando a Juan is a layered and immersive work inspired by the life of the Afro-Hispanic painter Juan de Pareja, who was enslaved by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez for over two decades before becoming an artist in his own right. Choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, the work explores sancocho, or a mixed soup of cultures and diasporas, considering the assumptions experienced when witnessing people of color in white spaces in relation to the exoticized body. 18+1 celebrates Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor. In a subtle humor and electric choreography display, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Prado’s mambo music.

$40 – $70

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Hung Dance

Reynolds Industries Theater 125 Science Drive Bryan University Center, Durham, NC, United States

In 2017, choreographer Lai Hung-Chung founded Hung Dance, with the name Hung symbolizing the spirit of soaring freedom. Born from an unapologetic desire for flight, Birdy weaves Western mythology and Eastern traditions through stunning contemporary dance, challenging restriction through graceful movements and striking symbolism. A poetic response to whether “every free flight is born from a restriction,” the work explores life and nations’ unsteady skies. This poetic journey of individual and collective soaring confronts contemporary issues while transforming feathers into wings.

$30 – $45

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Latin Dance Party

The Fruit (Durham Fruit & Produce Company) 305 S. Dillard St., Durham, NC, United States

No matter your experience, the dancers of Ballet Hispánico and the rhythms of Latin America will transport you to a hot night in Havana! Instructors will guide you through the basics of favorites like Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata for the first 30 minutes. Cash bar & food trucks available.

$25

American Dance Festival: Ballet Hispánico

Page Auditorium 402 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, United States

Ballet Hispánico, the largest Latinx/Latine/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States, returns to ADF this summer with their recent reconstruction of House of Mad’Moiselle, unveiling the electrifying transformation of gender expressions in Latin America. In this piece, the visionary choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa deconstructs norms, and the pulsating rhythms take the audience on a provocative dance journey. Buscando a Juan is a layered and immersive work inspired by the life of the Afro-Hispanic painter Juan de Pareja, who was enslaved by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez for over two decades before becoming an artist in his own right. Choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, the work explores sancocho, or a mixed soup of cultures and diasporas, considering the assumptions experienced when witnessing people of color in white spaces in relation to the exoticized body. 18+1 celebrates Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor. In a subtle humor and electric choreography display, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Prado’s mambo music.

$40 – $70

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Hung Dance

Reynolds Industries Theater 125 Science Drive Bryan University Center, Durham, NC, United States

In 2017, choreographer Lai Hung-Chung founded Hung Dance, with the name Hung symbolizing the spirit of soaring freedom. Born from an unapologetic desire for flight, Birdy weaves Western mythology and Eastern traditions through stunning contemporary dance, challenging restriction through graceful movements and striking symbolism. A poetic response to whether “every free flight is born from a restriction,” the work explores life and nations’ unsteady skies. This poetic journey of individual and collective soaring confronts contemporary issues while transforming feathers into wings.

$30 – $45

American Dance Festival: Ballet Hispánico

Page Auditorium 402 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, United States

Ballet Hispánico, the largest Latinx/Latine/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States, returns to ADF this summer with their recent reconstruction of House of Mad’Moiselle, unveiling the electrifying transformation of gender expressions in Latin America. In this piece, the visionary choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa deconstructs norms, and the pulsating rhythms take the audience on a provocative dance journey. Buscando a Juan is a layered and immersive work inspired by the life of the Afro-Hispanic painter Juan de Pareja, who was enslaved by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez for over two decades before becoming an artist in his own right. Choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, the work explores sancocho, or a mixed soup of cultures and diasporas, considering the assumptions experienced when witnessing people of color in white spaces in relation to the exoticized body. 18+1 celebrates Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor. In a subtle humor and electric choreography display, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Prado’s mambo music.

$40 – $70

American Dance Festival: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Reynolds Industries Theater 125 Science Drive Bryan University Center, Durham, NC, United States

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE returns to ADF with Upside Down, a strongly African work about loss and growth out of loss, an excerpt from the evening-length work Destiny. Open Door provides a journey into Afro-Cuban social and traditional dance forms embodying the music of Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. The dancers lead on a path full of celebration, culture, and joy through dances of the Orisha and salsa, fueled and propelled by musical compositions. The Equality of Night and Day (TEND) is a sizzling emotional work that tackles his recurrent themes of social injustice and racism. Brown seeks to break open truth, not from anger but with a gentle focus—a sensitivity and steadfastness that draws on history. The program will also feature community members performing All I Do, an excerpt from On Earth Together.

$35 – $54

American Dance Festival: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Reynolds Industries Theater 125 Science Drive Bryan University Center, Durham, NC, United States

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE returns to ADF with Upside Down, a strongly African work about loss and growth out of loss, an excerpt from the evening-length work Destiny. Open Door provides a journey into Afro-Cuban social and traditional dance forms embodying the music of Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. The dancers lead on a path full of celebration, culture, and joy through dances of the Orisha and salsa, fueled and propelled by musical compositions. The Equality of Night and Day (TEND) is a sizzling emotional work that tackles his recurrent themes of social injustice and racism. Brown seeks to break open truth, not from anger but with a gentle focus—a sensitivity and steadfastness that draws on history. The program will also feature community members performing All I Do, an excerpt from On Earth Together.

$35 – $54

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Baye & Asa

von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Dr., Durham, NC, United States

ADF alumni Amadi Washington and Sam Pratt are returning to ADF with 4/2/3, which focuses on the generational impacts of climate change using the “Riddle of the Sphinx” as a symbolic structure. The piece is divided into three sections for three generations of performers, examining the intergenerational cooperation necessary to acknowledge this existential crisis. Just as the riddle asks us to look at the cycle of one life, 4/2/3 gives us the structure to speak about the life cycle of an entire species. Reflecting on humanity’s industrial history, we build new worlds on less oppressive, less extractive, and more sustainable foundations.

$32

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Baye & Asa

von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Dr., Durham, NC, United States

ADF alumni Amadi Washington and Sam Pratt are returning to ADF with 4/2/3, which focuses on the generational impacts of climate change using the “Riddle of the Sphinx” as a symbolic structure. The piece is divided into three sections for three generations of performers, examining the intergenerational cooperation necessary to acknowledge this existential crisis. Just as the riddle asks us to look at the cycle of one life, 4/2/3 gives us the structure to speak about the life cycle of an entire species. Reflecting on humanity’s industrial history, we build new worlds on less oppressive, less extractive, and more sustainable foundations.

$32

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Baye & Asa

von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Dr., Durham, NC, United States

ADF alumni Amadi Washington and Sam Pratt are returning to ADF with 4/2/3, which focuses on the generational impacts of climate change using the “Riddle of the Sphinx” as a symbolic structure. The piece is divided into three sections for three generations of performers, examining the intergenerational cooperation necessary to acknowledge this existential crisis. Just as the riddle asks us to look at the cycle of one life, 4/2/3 gives us the structure to speak about the life cycle of an entire species. Reflecting on humanity’s industrial history, we build new worlds on less oppressive, less extractive, and more sustainable foundations.

$32

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Doug Varone and Dancers

Reynolds Industries Theater 125 Science Drive Bryan University Center, Durham, NC, United States

To My Arms/Restore is a new two-part work embodying Doug Varone’s decades-long choreographic fascination with the profoundly emotional and the immensely physical. Set to a suite of arias by G. F. Handel, To My Arms builds a landscape of love and loss, evoking a strange otherworld of intimacy. In stark contrast, Restore feels as if it has been ripped out of today’s front pages, bringing a message of community, defiance, and resilience in a world recoiling and rebounding. Driven by the 21st-century sound of Nico Bentley’s Handel Remixed, the score fuses Handel’s 18th-century choral score Dixit Dominus with beats more commonly heard in clubs around the globe.

$35 – $54