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American Dance Festival


715 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 684-6402
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Photo of Kathy Hampton Kathy Hampton
Apr 28, 2016 5

Photo of Daniel Schudel Daniel Schudel
Jan 27, 2014 5

Well, the kids love their dance lessons here.

Photo of Dana Stone Dana Stone
Jun 16, 2016 5

Since re-locating to Durham in 1978, the American Dance Festival has thrilled audiences for decades. Paul Taylor, Bill T. Jones, Pilobolus, Stephen Petronio, Shen Wei, and Doug Varon make regular appearances, and every year, new companies from around the world are show-cased.

Photo of Nadeesha Perera Nadeesha Perera
Jun 6, 2019 5

I am hosting a yoga fundraiser for Sri Lankan bomb victims. I tried MANY Durham venues, but no one wanted to donate their space. Julia Pleasants at ADF, along with the executive director, were the only exception. They gave me a prime weekend slot, for four whole sessions, in the middle of Dance Festival season, for a very small token fee. I asked if I could pay a bit more, given the inconvenience and the staffing costs and so forth, and Julia said, "No. We really believe in this cause." Prospective event hosts: Choose ADF! The space is utterly gorgeous, and they are excellent people.

Photo of Kirstie Spadie Kirstie Spadie
Jun 25, 2022 5

June 24, 2022 - Durham, NC: Great venue for Modern Dance! American Dance Festival. Pilobolus is celebrating 50 years of rebellious art making. In 1971, Moses Pendleton, Jonathan Wolken and Steve Johnson created their first dance composition ‘Pilobolus’ and the name stuck. The opening night at this year’s American Dance Festival spanned works from 1975 to an ADF-commissioned world premiere. Co-artistic directors Renee Jaworski and Matt Kent, who are also former company members of Pilobolus, introduced the dancers: Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Quincy Ellis, Paul Liu, Hannah Klinkman, Marlon Feliz, and North Carolina native Zachary Weiss. This small but mighty company of six dancers were so connected, well-rehearsed, and intensely joyous in their passion for dance and storytelling. With so much exposed skin, sweat must be a hard factor to navigate. Trust, complete trust, must be another factor. One dancer standing on the feet of another dancer, had the audience gasp and audibly cheer. The iconic Talking Head’s bass guitar and percussion is the prefect soundscape for this work and the creative vision of Moses Pendleton was in full force. The piece ends with the dancers under the marley floor covering. They claw their way through the center, forming a flower blossoming towards the light. Pilobolus, a phototropic (light-loving) fungus, created in a college dance lab, is still growing 50 years later. ADF is the perfect stage to celebrate the great art makers, past and present. Pilobolus should be applauded for being committed to producing rebellious, creative, and risk-taking pieces for a new generation of audiences who want to be amazed and moved by dance art. Kirstie Spadie for CVNC June 24, 2022