Festival Extras

Awards and Dedications

2016 Season dedication

Thursday, June 16 | 7:00pm
Durham Performing Arts Center

The 2016 ADF Season will be dedicated to ADF Board Member Judith Sagan prior to the Pilobolus performance at DPAC on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00pm.

Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching

Sunday, July 10 | 4:30pm
Page Auditorium at Duke University

The 2016 Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be awarded to celebrated dance educator Anne Green Gilbert in a ceremony on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 4:30pm in Page Auditorium on the campus of Duke University. Preceding the ceremony, ADF will pay tribute to the late Luise Elcaness Scripps, who, with the help of Walter Beinecke, established the teaching chair at ADF in 1991 to honor her master teacher Tanjore Balasaraswati. Scripps studied bharatanatyam with the famed South Indian classical dancer and teacher from 1962 to 1984. To honor the visionary Ms. Scripps, Aniruddha Knight, the sole remaining heir to the legacy of the practice of bharatanatyam codified at the Court of Thanjavur, will perform a solo with live music from Vidya Sankaranarayanan, Usha Shivakumar, T.R. Moorthy, and Douglas Knight.

downtown downdog

A summer celebration of ADF and yoga.
Saturday, July 9, 5:15-6:30pm
Diamond View Park beside DPAC
FREE and open to the public!

ADF and lululemon have paired up for a fourth summer to invite you to a special yoga event to celebrate our vibrant community of movers! First-time and seasoned yogis alike are encouraged to come out for an evening of restorative movement class

movies by movers

Wednesday, July 6-Saturday, July 9 
Locations & Times here
Free and open to the public!

ADF’s Movies by Movers will screen films July 6-9. Moving images, moving bodies. Movement and film just go together. From the early experiments of artists like Loie Fuller and physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, to the lush spectacle of the movie musicals of the 1930s and 40s starring dancer/choreographers like Bill Bojangles Robinson and Fred Astaire, to the avant garde movement with the likes of Maya Daren and Merce Cunningham, to Michael Jackson’s Thriller—moving bodies and the camera have shared an ongoing, dynamic conversation.

Festival Tours

Tours of the ADF School
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday | 9:15am & 11:15am
June 27-July 22
Free and open to the public!
Afternoon tours are available upon request.
Take a FREE tour and experience the ADF school! Throughout the summer, tours offer individuals, families, and community groups an insider’s perspective where you can experience the world renowned ADF faculty, students, and musicians hard at work. Tours of the school increase your understanding of modern dance and ADF. The tours highlight the history of the festival up to the present day. Tours are led by Director of ADF School Tours, Joseph Fedrowitz, ADF staff, and other long-time ADF supporters, giving visitors the chance to observe art in action as well as obtain details about the 2016 season. Tours usually last 1-2 hours. Please call 919-684-6402 or email tours@americandancefestival.org to make your reservation.

post performance discussions

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Free for ticket
Post Performance Discussions (PPDs) provide a unique opportunity for patrons to meet the festival artists, ask questions, and gain insight into the creators’ work and vision. PPDs take place after select evening performances throughout the summer.

Saturday, June 18-Pilobolus
Tuesday, June 21-Kate Weare Company
Friday, June 24-Stephen Petronio Company
Wednesday, June 29-5 By 5
Friday, July 1-Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Wednesday, July 6-John Jasperse Projects
Saturday, July 9-Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Thursday, July 14-Provincial Dances Theatre
Monday, July 18-RIOULT Dance NY
Friday, July 22-Company Wang Ramirez
Tuesday, July 26-Footprints
Friday, July 29-Paul Taylor Dance Company

Samuel H. Scripps Studios

Opened in 2012, the Samuel. H. Scripps Studios provide a much-needed space for ADF to continue its educational programming and outreach throughout the year. Serving as a center for dance in Durham, the studios are dedicated to providing a sound scientific and aesthetic base for students of all ages and levels. Throughout the summer the studios will provide classes for adults and children and two one-week dance camps for youth, June 13–17, 2016, 9:00am–3:00pm and June 20–24, 2016, 9:00am–3:00pm. To learn more about the Scripps Studios click here.