What’s 80 years old and extremely modern? Well, yes maybe also your ultra-hip granny but we’re thinking more along the lines of ADF.
The American Dance Festival, founded in 1934 in Bennington, VT, and now located in Durham, NC, is a summer home for an international community of dancers, choreographers, critics, musicians, students, and scholars joined in a supportive environment for creation and presentation of new works.
Featured artists for the week of June 30th through July 7thinclude LeeSaar The Company which is bringing an ADF-commissioned work for their premiere performance called “Grass and Jackals.” The dance and light piece by the company, founded by partners Lee Sher and Saar Harari in 2000, explores movement and theatricality in a dynamic contemporary form.
Also on the stages at ADF is Kyle Abraham with Abraham.In.Motion, bringing his new work, “Pavement,” an exploration of the hard road black America has had to take during the past century.
The extremely popular Musician’s Concert is back on July 3rd this year at 8:00pm as are dance and bodywork classes at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios for adults while ADF Project Dance, under the direction of Gaspard Louis, partners with Kidzu Children’s Museum to offer two free movement classes for children during the third week of the Festival.
In contrast to the long-established ADF, the Cape Dance Festival will be holding its inaugural event on July 27th in Provincetown, MA. The brainchild of performing arts professionals Stacey-Jo Marine and Liz Wolff, the Festival includes Paul Taylor Dance Company, Project Moves Dance Company, CorbinDances, Lady Luck Burlesque, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and Yesid Lopez. As a throwback to an ancient tradition, the Cape Dance Festival is being held outdoors in an amphitheater, the Province Lands Outdoor Amphitheater, to be precise.
Among the many works on hand, will be “Paean,” a solo choreographed by the late Christopher Gillis, a member of Paul Taylor’s troupe. “Paean” will be danced by Michael Trusnovec, a senior dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Christopher Gillis died from AIDS complications in 1993. Ticket sales for all Festival performances will go towards raising funds for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
Visit http://capedancefestival.com/about/to learn more about Cape Dance Festival.
To learn more about the American Dance Festival, visit http://www.americandancefestival.org/