American Dance Festival: Ballet Hispánico – Children’s Matinee

Page Auditorium 402 Chapel Drive, Durham

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.

$18

American Dance Festival: Ballet Hispánico

Page Auditorium 402 Chapel Drive, Durham

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

Triad Cultural Arts: 25th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Bailey Park 445 Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem

 Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and honors the invaluable contributions of African Americans to our society. The theme for this year’s celebration is African Americans and the Arts. The 25th anniversary of the local Juneteenth Festival will be commemorated by honoring storyteller, Patricia “Mardia” Stepney for her visionary role in initiating the idea of holding a local Juneteenth Celebration. Biotech Place will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include gospel music, merchandise vendors, community displays, health discussions and a sponsor meet and greet. Additionally, a culturally affirming Arts and Literacy Village will include creative activities Black author read-a-louds, games and crafts. 10,000 attendees are expected. Bailey Park events will run from 1 to 8 p.m. and will include R&B and jazz music, African dance, youth performances, merchandise vendors, a Food Lion local produce stand and more! Kid’s Kingdom will be available from 1-5 p.m. and will include games, tribal dot face painting, crafts, make-n-takes and more.

New Bern Civic Theatre: SANKOFA 2024: “It Only Gets Better”

New Bern Civic Theatre 412 Pollock Street, New Bern

Director/Writer, Cynthia M. Evans-Robinson, along with the Creative Team, Cast and Crew are elated to announce the return of 'SANKOFA' and the all new edition of the show is titled 'SANKOFA 2024: It Only Gets Better'. This year the theatre welcomes a cast from Craven County communities including; Cove City, Ferry Road, Havelock, New Bern, Pembroke, Rocky Run and beyond. The artwork of Ceven Bryant has been part of New Bern's 'SANKOFA' productions since the first edition and this year will be no different. His work is circulating in current promotional materials and will soon be seen on stage during the show in the set design. 'SANKOFA' is a live theatrical showcase woven together by a theme that includes dance, music, visual spectacle and spoken text. This year expect original spoken word pieces performed by the artists themselves or by members of the creative team. The show will also include unique dance and movement segments. Several dances have been choreographed by Aniyah Simone that she and the cast enjoy performing, and audiences are sure to enjoy them as well. Last year New Bern High School’s step team was among the crowd favorites and they will be featured again to continue the conversation and demonstration of […]

$16 – $23

AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL: Hung Dance

Reynolds Industries Theater 125 Science Drive Bryan University Center, Durham

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

New Bern Civic Theatre: SANKOFA 2024: “It Only Gets Better”

New Bern Civic Theatre 412 Pollock Street, New Bern

Director/Writer, Cynthia M. Evans-Robinson, along with the Creative Team, Cast and Crew are elated to announce the return of 'SANKOFA' and the all new edition of the show is titled 'SANKOFA 2024: It Only Gets Better'. This year the theatre welcomes a cast from Craven County communities including; Cove City, Ferry Road, Havelock, New Bern, Pembroke, Rocky Run and beyond. The artwork of Ceven Bryant has been part of New Bern's 'SANKOFA' productions since the first edition and this year will be no different. His work is circulating in current promotional materials and will soon be seen on stage during the show in the set design. 'SANKOFA' is a live theatrical showcase woven together by a theme that includes dance, music, visual spectacle and spoken text. This year expect original spoken word pieces performed by the artists themselves or by members of the creative team. The show will also include unique dance and movement segments. Several dances have been choreographed by Aniyah Simone that she and the cast enjoy performing, and audiences are sure to enjoy them as well. Last year New Bern High School’s step team was among the crowd favorites and they will be featured again to continue the conversation and demonstration of […]

$16 – $23