World Premieres

ADF Debuts

ADF Commissions


Reynolds Industries Theater

Friday, July 20, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 21, 7:00pm

Tickets on sale May 01

ADF Commissioned World Premieres! | ADF Debuts!

Footprints delivers an outstanding presentation of three ADF-commissioned world premieres, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by ADF students. Dafi Altabeb, recipient of the 2012, 2013, and 2016 Excellence Award for young choreographers from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and the 2014 Rozenblum Award for Excellence from the Municipality of Tel-Aviv, returns to ADF. Altabeb’s work is tender, delicate, yet powerful. Her pieces project youth, courage, imagination, contradictions, and above all, honesty. 2017 “Bessie” award winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski, whose newly commissioned work with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company opened the ADF season, produces hyper physical dances. Eva Yaa Asantewaa, in a review of Zbikowski’s duet double nickels on a dime, stated, “she brings the ‘outside’ influences of punk, hip-hop, and martial arts into the formal space of concert dance but not as fetishized artifact but as form, energy, and psyche embodied, in a matter-of-factly outrageous way.” Jillian Peña’s work seeks to make visible the confusion and desire of the self in relationship to itself and others. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. She was the recipient of a 2016 “Bessie” award for Emerging Choreographer in New York and was awarded the 2014 Prix Jardin d’Europe, the European Prize for Outstanding Emerging Choreography, at ImpulsTanz Dance Festival in Vienna. 

Dafi Altabeb

Jillian Peña

Abby Zbikowski