NCDF/ADF 2014: Here and Now

May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment


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The American Dance Festival and the NC Dance Festival (NCDF) are delighted to co-present four dance works by North Carolina choreographers: Renay Aumiller, Gaspard Louis, Diego Carrasco Schoch, and Leah Wilks. Selected by nationally recognized choreographers Mark Dendy, Adele Myers, and Zoe Scofield, the works of the four chosen artists celebrate dance being created here and now, at home in North Carolina.

This is the second year that the NCDF has collaborated with the American Dance Festival to present NC choreographers on the ADF mainstage. The 2013 co-presentation grew out of several years of conversation between NC Dance Festival director Jan Van Dyke and ADF directors, and featured 4 dances selected from the best work presented by NCDF over the last 10 years.

As we prepare for the second year of this exciting collaboration on June 18, we’re looking back at some the press response to last year’s program.

Susan Broili, special correspondent for The Herald Sun, described the 2013 collaboration as historic in an in-depth preview article:

When the curtain rises today at ADF, the audience will witness a history-making program. For the first time since moving to Durham in 1978, the festival features the work of North Carolina choreographers on its main stage lineup. —The Herald Sun, June 19, 2013.

Writing for World Dance Reviews, Michele Trumble expanded on the context for the program:

As the American Dance Festival (ADF) ramps up during the summer months, Durham, North Carolina becomes a mecca for dance professionals and students alike. What many out-of-towners may not realize, however, is that the dancing continues long after the final performance of the ADF season. North Carolina is teeming with talented choreographers and dancers and in an attempt to raise the profile of this talent and increase exposure to contemporary dance, Jan Van Dyke started the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF), an annual series of performances that tour throughout the state. —World Dance Reviews, June 19, 2013

The featured choreographers in 2013 were excited to be a part of the program, explaining that:

“This will give N.C. choreographers a wider exposure,” John Gamble said. One of Gamble’s works, “Changeant d’Habit de Sexe,” is included in the Statewide Dance program. Gamble and Van Dyke founded the NC Dance Festival in 1991 to create greater audiences for dance and more opportunities for choreographers to show their work. —The Herald Sun, June 19, 2013

Van Dyke and some of the featured choreographers explained what this means for dance in North Carolina, in this video created for the ADF blog last year:

The participating choreographers weren’t the only ones excited about the concert! Critics in the area welcomed the new initiative, praising the collaboration and the choreography:

The program was a sampling of diversity in North Carolina’s dance community. Each work was a beautiful example of smart, honest and timeless choreography. . . .You don’t have to wait to visit New York City to see fresh and original work on stage. From just about anywhere in North Carolina you are a short drive from dance artists dedicated to creating expressions of something true and relevant. –Denise Cerniglia, Triangle Arts and Entertainment, June 22, 2013

Critic Kate Dobbs Ariail added:

Let’s hope that the ADF and the NCDF continue this experiment next year, in a dance variant of “eat local, y’all.” There’s some good stuff growing in NC. —CVNC, June 19, 2013

Well, Kate’s wish has come true! The 2nd year of this historic collaboration is coming up June 18, 2014 at Reynolds Industries Theater in Durham! Join us here on the blog over the next few weeks as we take a closer look at the artists selected to perform this year! Visit the American Dance Festival website for more information and tickets.



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