by Byron Woods
So, for that matter, might the festival’s choice for the 2011 Samuel H. Scripps Award: choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Despite an internationally celebrated career that has spanned 30 years and inspired festivals itself, the 2011 season marks the choreographer’s first performance—ever—at ADF. A check for $50,000 accompanying the award for a lifetime’s achievement sweetens the deal when her 27-year-old company, Rosas, debuts—at least, at ADF—with that group’s first work from 1983, Rosas dannst Rosas, June 10-12.
After her Pity Party and Various Stages of Drowning moved audiences last summer, we want to see the world premieres of Rosie Herrera’s Dining Alone (6/27-29), and a new work Martha Clarke will create on ADF dance students (7/18-20). Shen Wei is slated to present a world premiere that will display, according to press advances, “a new…side of [his] artistic skill” (7/14-16). The apparently immortal Paul Taylor debuts a new work, The Uncommitted (7/21-23), after Pilobolus presents the world premieres of three team-ups: with Butoh artist Takuya Muramatsu from Dairakudakan, the "engineers, programmers and pilots" at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)—and the Grammy-winning band OK Go (6/30-7/2).
Among notable reconstructions: Bill T. Jones remounts D-Man in the Waters, his 1989 work in honor of deceased company member Damien Acquavella, to live accompaniment by the Durham Symphony (6/16-18), before Dayton Contemporary Dance Company restages Donald McKayle’s 1959 masterpiece, Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder. (The company shows that work on a shared bill in which Ronald K. Brown and EVIDENCE presents their newest work, On Earth Together, to a Stevie Wonder soundtrack, June 23-25). Eiko & Koma continues their multi-year 40th anniversary celebration with a recreation of 1995’s River in Duke Gardens (7/5-6), and two associates of Twyla Tharp reconstruct Sweet Fields on ADF students (7/18-20), three years after Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performance of it here in 2008.
Standouts among the other dates this summer include a performance of the complete Chapters from a Broken Novel, Doug Varone’s new work that audiences in Raleigh and Asheville saw tantalizing excerpts from in February (July 11-13). And after the austere dynamics of his 2009 mainstage duets, Emanuel Gat returns with his full company for the U.S. premiere of Brilliant Colors, July 7—9.
The season begins with a one-night benefit gala featuring African American Dance Ensemble, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performing Ohad Naharin, performance artist John Kelly performing Martha Clarke’s Pagliaccio—and Mark Dendy reprising his memorable solo performance as Martha Graham, June 9.
The full schedule appears after the break.
Quotes in each listing are taken from descriptions on the ADF’s website, americandancefestival.org. More coverage will follow, as the season approaches.
Rosas danst Rosas (1983)
Friday—Sunday, June 10—12
Reynolds Theater, Duke
Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: 2011 Samuel H. Scripps ADF Award Winner.
Award ceremony, Saturday night before the performance.
“Five physically intense ‘chapters’ will unravel the relationship between music and choreography and explore the complex interactions between uniformity and individuality.”
Yossi Berg & Oded Graf
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
D-Man in the Waters (1989), Spent Days Out Yonder (excerpt from 2000’s You Walk?)
Thursday—Saturday, June 16—18
D-Man in the Waters (1989), honoring deceased company member Damien Acquavella, is a “living memory of Jones’ firsthand experience with death, and the resiliency of the human spirit.” Durham Symphony will provide live musical accompaniment in both works.
EVIDENCE: On Earth Together (2011), Grace (1999)
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (1959), Vespers (1986)
DCDC: Donald McKayle’s masterpiece Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (1959) “a sorrowful glimpse into the lost hope of men on a chain gang as they yearn for their freedom”; Ulysses Dove’s Vespers (1986), “captures the soul and deep spirituality of the women in Southern churches.”
EVIDENCE: On Earth Together (2011), latest work, set to Stevie Wonder
Untitled (1975), world premieres of Seraph, All Is Not Lost and an untitled work
June 30—July 2
Company’s 40th anniversary. Untitled “examines the profound relationship between men and women.” Three world premieres:
1. Collaboration with Japanese Butoh artist, Takuya Muramatsu, longtime associated with Dairakudakan
2. Seraph, collaboration with MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) under the direction of Daniela Rus, “investigates the relationship between human and machine”
3. All Is Not Lost, “live companion” to Pilobolus' “video collaboration” with OK Go. Work explores “perspectives, gravity, and dimensionality through a kaleidoscopic view of human connection.”
Eiko & Koma
Emanuel Gat Dance
Brilliant Corners (2011)
July 7—9 at 8 pm
US premiere of work inspired by Thelonius Monk’s 1957 album of the same name — although Monk’s music does not appear in the piece. Original score by Gat. A “choreographic playground” which “investigates the human and mechanical forces that create what is seen onstage.”
Doug Varone and Dancers
Shen Wei Dance Arts
unnamed world premiere
July 14— 16 at 8 pm
Shen Wei “ infuses his riveting and timeless movement vocabulary with the use of new artistic mediums,” in a premiere that “will show a new and undoubtedly captivating side of Shen Wei’s artistic skill.”
Paul Taylor Dance Company
The Uncommitted (world premiere), Promethean Fire (2002), Company B (1991)