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American Dance Festival announces 2011 season

Posted on March 29, 2011

pilobolusbyjohnkaneAmerican Dance Festival’s 2011 season will feature eight world premieres and performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bill T. Jones, Pilobolus and Eiko & Koma.

 

American Dance Festival is a six-week programme of taught courses, residencies, workshops and performances held in Durham, North Carolina. The season, called Something New, Something Treasured, celebrates the career of its director Charles Reinhart, who will retire at the end of this year. Running from June 9–July 23, this year’s festival features specially commissioned reconstructions – including Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields, Eiko & Koma’s River and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s D-Man in the Waters – alongside new works.

 

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will dance The Uncommitted, a new work commissioned by the festival. There are more commissioned works from Rosie Herrera, Pilobolus, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Martha Clarke and Bulareyaung Pagarlava. Scottish Dance Theatre, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, TAO Dance Theatre are among the companies making their festival debuts.

 

Tickets go on sale on May 9. See www.americandancefestival.org for details.

 

Picture: Pilobolus. Photograph: John Kane.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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