AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Kayla Farrish

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

Put Away the Fire, dear is a live dance-theater work mapping the journey of six BIPOC and marginalized characters taking the reins of their narrative in an evening-length piece. Jumping through portals spanning reality and cinema, Put Away the Fire, dear, uproots power and history across generations of the American landscape to rupture the leading socio-political narratives living in American cinema of the 1930s-60s. In a 75-minute performance of moving stories, the six characters traverse scenes and worlds through dance theater, storytelling, set design, and a score of reclaimed exploited Black American music.

$32

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Kayla Farrish

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

Put Away the Fire, dear is a live dance-theater work mapping the journey of six BIPOC and marginalized characters taking the reins of their narrative in an evening-length piece. Jumping through portals spanning reality and cinema, Put Away the Fire, dear, uproots power and history across generations of the American landscape to rupture the leading socio-political narratives living in American cinema of the 1930s-60s. In a 75-minute performance of moving stories, the six characters traverse scenes and worlds through dance theater, storytelling, set design, and a score of reclaimed exploited Black American music.

$32

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Les Ballet Afrik

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

Back by popular demand, Les Ballet Afrik’s New York is Burning draws inspiration from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning and its depiction of voguing as a powerful expression in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. New York is Burning reflects the aspirations of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by health, racial, and financial crises. Highlighting the importance of community and connection to ancestry, Les Ballet Afrik provides a space for individual expression and radical acceptance.

$35 – $45

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Dance Party

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

Together we celebrate the music and dance styles of Black and Latino Queer communities. Immerse yourself in Vogue, Afrobeats, House, and Latin music as Les Ballet Afrik helps you get your groove on.  Let’s have a Kiki and take it to the dance floor!

$25

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Les Ballet Afrik

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

Back by popular demand, Les Ballet Afrik’s New York is Burning draws inspiration from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning and its depiction of voguing as a powerful expression in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. New York is Burning reflects the aspirations of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by health, racial, and financial crises. Highlighting the importance of community and connection to ancestry, Les Ballet Afrik provides a space for individual expression and radical acceptance.

$35 – $45

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Artist Showcase Series

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts 423 W. King Street, Boone, NC, United States

As we celebrate App Summer’s 40th anniversary, this series offers behind-the-scenes discussions with artists from the music, dance, and visual arts worlds that center around a common theme of legacy and longevity.

Free

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Netta Yerushalmy

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

MOVEMENT, by Netta Yerushalmy, synthesizes over one hundred citations from an expansive range of dances across genres and cultures. It is a radical quilt of borrowed material that stretches the idea of pluralism until it almost snaps. It features a score by award-winning composer Paula Matthusen and is performed by dancers from Korea, Senegal, Israel, Taiwan, and the US. This piece follows Yerushalmy’s PARAMODERNITIES, a six-part series generated through reverently and violently dissecting iconic modern choreographies, provoking dynamic conversations with the troubled legacies of the past. MOVEMENT continues Yerushalmy’s practice of repurposing, reorienting, and recontextualizing dance, spinning fragments of seemingly unrelated works into an enthralling new whole. This maximalist performance highlights dance as an inevitable and unifying force in a brittle and confused world.

$35 – $45

American Dance Festival: Pilobolus

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

This summer, Pilobolus is bringing its Re:CREATION tour to ADF, presenting a dynamic collection of dance pieces—daring experiments and groundbreaking new collaborations alongside the classics that have altered the landscape of dance and theater. Walklyndon, a seminal piece in Pilobolus’s repertoire, is an all-time favorite that captures the playful essence of the company’s early days. The themes of youth, playfulness, and bawdy humor give way to a sophisticated narrative in Untitled, leaving the audience in awe of a theatrical work where contrasts coalesce into an unnamable and meaningful art form. Behind the Shadows tells a poignant and mysterious story using Pilobolus’ famous shadow dance technique, with moving illusions and surreal narrative. Thresh|Hold, a collaboration with the Venezuelan-born and acclaimed Latinx director, choreographer, and designer Javier De Frutos, is a physically daring quintet with psychedelic shifts in time and emotionally charged choreography. Tales from the Underworld, a new creation, harnesses the creative energy and collaborative spirit that defines Pilobolus, as the performance weaves together stories that reveal profound connections through elements of horror, humor, and revelation.

$40 – $70

American Dance Festival: Pilobolus – Children’s Matinee

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

The Children’s Saturday Matinee series presents one-hour performances specially curated to ignite and inspire children’s imaginations. The 2024 Children’s Matinees include Ballet Hispánico (June 15, 1 pm), Pilobolus (July 6, 1 pm), and Paul Taylor Dance Company (July 27, 1 pm) at Page Auditorium. A FREE Kids’ Party follows each matinee at the Landing of the Bryan Center, complete with live music, face painting, and more. Tickets are $18 each.

$18

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Made in NC

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

The Made in NC program features the world premiere of four ADF-commissioned works by North Carolina artists. Dom-Sebastian Alexis, a Greensboro native, is a Hip-Hop and Contemporary Juxtaposition Artist trained in various degrees of Street Dance, Social Grooves, and contemporary dance techniques and has devoted their life to understanding dance diversity. Iyun Ashani Harrison, the founder and artistic director of the Durham-based Ballet Ashani – A Contemporary Ballet, and professor of dance at Duke University, collaborates with and presents the work of artists of color and women to expand racial and cultural diversity in ballet to attract new audiences. Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen are the co-founders of Stewart/Owen Dance, based in Western North Carolina, where they are dedicated to building a thriving dance community. As passionate cross-genre collaborators, they cultivate the craft of storytelling through movement while incorporating work by local writers, filmmakers, and musicians. Stacy Wolfson and Curtis Eller, based in Durham, have devised a unique compositional approach combining movement, music, and lyrics to create a peculiar and compelling hybrid of dance and song.

$32

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Artist Showcase Series

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts 423 W. King Street, Boone, NC, United States

As we celebrate App Summer’s 40th anniversary, this series offers behind-the-scenes discussions with artists from the music, dance, and visual arts worlds that center around a common theme of legacy and longevity.

Free

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Milka Djordjevich

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

Bob is a manic whirlwind of methodical, rapid-fire movements dictated, performed, and self-enforced by Milka Djordjevich. Set to bold music and silence, Bob eroticizes the labor of the dancing body—the repetition, the discipline, and the fallout. A mid-career taxonomy of sorts, Djordjevich confronts demands to optimize her female body and the market’s expectation to enhance her performance over time. Bob is an alter ego trained to be so skilled as to become other—the perfect kinetic subject in the service of her audience. Algorithmic movement patterns conjure approaches from trance, folk ritual, and rite—they become a means to no end. A reflection rivaling the self, Bob is on a rampage with and against self-consciousness to bask in reverie, delusion, desire, and rage. Show no mercy!

$32