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Summer 2020

The Nasher Museum’s eighth annual collaboration with American Dance Festival was planned for the Festival’s 87th season in Summer 2020, which was cancelled due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

This special event was cancelled: American Dance Festival’s “Made in NC,” featuring four ADF-commissioned world premieres by five North Carolina choreographers. Works would have been presented by Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs, Justin Tornow, Ramya Sundaresam Kapadia and Jose Valesquez. “Made in NC” was to be co-sponsored by the Nasher Museum, Duke Performances, Duke Arts and Duke Dance.

Major support for this program provided by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Performances would have taken place at the von der Heyden Studio Theater in the Rubenstein Arts Center and the Nasher Museum Sculpture Garden.

 

Summer 2019

Beverly McIver and Eiko Otake. Painting by Beverly McIver.
Beverly McIver and Eiko Otake. Painting by Beverly McIver.

The Nasher Museum’s seventh annual collaboration with American Dance Festival took place during the festival’s 86th season in Summer 2019.

The Nasher and ADF co-presented “Eiko Otake The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable,” in three performances at the Rubenstein Arts Center. Japanese choreographer Eiko Otake and Durham artist Beverly McIver took part in a moderated talk at the Nasher Museum about their work together. The museum also hosted “ADF’s Hot Summer Pop Up: Choreography by Mark Dendy.”

 

ADF is thrilled to have developed a strong partnership with the Nasher Museum which helps us bridge experiences in dance and visual arts among our combined audiences and sometimes we are even able to merge the two art forms together beautifully in one performance experience, generating exciting conversations and igniting imaginations further.

Jodee Nimerichter, director of ADF
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CANCELLED: Made in NC

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Two presentations in summer 2018

A.I.M, under the Artistic Direction of Kyle Abraham, creates evocative, interdisciplinary works.
A.I.M, under the Artistic Direction of Kyle Abraham, creates evocative, interdisciplinary works.

During summer 2018, the Nasher Museum and American Dance Festival co-presented Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M., an evocative, interdisciplinary work, as well as  Places Please! by Nicole Wolcott and ADF alumni Larry Keigwin, a zany trip backstage in the final moments before the curtain goes up.

The Nasher Museum welcomes ADF School classes for the first time this summer. ADF students taking composition and repertory classes classes will meet regularly in the museum’s Great Hall, much to the delight of our visitors.

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Summer 2018: ADF Students Liven up the Nasher Museum Great Hall

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:45 AM to 12:30 PM, June 14 – July 21 Throughout the Chance & Collaborative Comp course, dancers will create choreographic structures to experiment within. “We will contin...

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ADF Movies

American Dance Festival presents short films feature films at the Nasher Museum this summer as part of Movies By Movers, a biannual festival dedicated to the celebration of conversations between body and camera. (Films include some nudity.)

See listing of ADF Movies playing at the Nasher this Summer
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Duke employees get 20 percent off American Dance Festival tickets.

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Mark Haim

This Land Is Your Land by Seattle choreographer Mark Haim. Photo by J Caldwell.
This Land Is Your Land by Seattle choreographer Mark Haim. Photo by J Caldwell.

For the past five years, the Nasher Museum and American Dance Festival have nurtured an important partnership to attract new audiences for dance and visual art. The Nasher Museum has been a performance venue during ADF’s season and also presented free talks and workshops by ADF choreographers. The museum and ADF also co-present a free film series, Movies by Movers, at the museum. This summer, June 18-July 20, visitors can watch ADF classes taking place in the museum’s Great Hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Great Hall became an exciting backdrop for This Land Is Your Land by Seattle choreographer and distinguished ADF faculty member Mark Haim in summer 2013. With a dynamic country music score, 14 performers brandished cell phones, Starbucks cups and plastic machine guns as they explored consumerism, environmental abuse and body image.

Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor

Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor perform Two Room Apartment. Photos by J Caldwell.
Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor perform Two Room Apartment. Photos by J Caldwell.

The rich partnership continued in the summer of 2014 with the co-presentation of Two Room Apartment by Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor. The Great Hall became a theatre-in-the-round for Sheinfeld and Laor’s duet, which reflected on their relationship as partners in life and as creators. For the second consecutive summer, the Nasher Museum was a performance venue for ADF, helping to connect audiences for dance and performance art.

Doug Varone

Before the performances of ReComposed at Durham Performing Arts Center, Doug Varone and his dancers hold a series of open company rehearsals at the Nasher Museum in an empty gallery. Photo by J Caldwell.
Before the performances of ReComposed at Durham Performing Arts Center, Doug Varone and his dancers hold a series of open company rehearsals at the Nasher Museum in an empty gallery. Photo by J Caldwell.

In ReComposed (2015), co-commissioned by ADF and the Nasher Museum, choreographer Doug Varone created a dance inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings. Mitchell used gestural, sometimes violent brushwork, and described her paintings as “an organism that turns in space.” Before the performances of ReComposed at DPAC, Varone and his dancers held a series of open company rehearsals at the Nasher Museum in an empty gallery. This was the third such partnership between the Nasher Museum and ADF.

Yossi Berg and Oded Graf

Yossi Berg and Oded Graf with Come Jump With Me
Yossi Berg and Oded Graf with Come Jump With Me

In the summer of 2017, the Nasher Museum and ADF co-presented Yossi Berg and Oded Graf with Come Jump With Me in the museum’s Great Hall. Come Jump With Me is a daring, provocative and witty work that examines the relevancy and significance of creating art in the urgent political reality of Israel.

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