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ADF: Martha Clarke

When: July 4-7, 8 p.m. 2010

Martha Clarke attended ADF as a student in 1959, when the festival was held in Connecticut. She now returns to her old stomping (or pirouetting) grounds for a world premiere ADF-commissioned work. Angel Reapers takes inspiration from Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers, and juxtaposes public prudery with secret passions. Clarke collaborated with Driving Miss Daisy playwright Alfred Uhry to incorporate song and dance within the work. The two are equally matched in garnering critical praise (Uhry has won an Oscar, a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony), but Clarke might outstrip him during her Bull City visit. She'll be awarded the annual Scripps/ADF Award, the highest lifetime achievement award given to a choreographer. Uhry himself will present it to her. —Sarah Ewald

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