Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
Categorizing the American Dance Festival as simply a festival seems too narrowly focused. Although “festival” is part of the moniker, there’s an entire organization furthering its mission to support modern dance with a year-round series of programs as well as classes in a modern studio on Durham’s Broad Street. Yet for six weeks each June through July we have the opportunity to join in the 80 year festival celebrating modern dance and watch striking performances from international and national dance companies including Shen Wei Dance Arts, Pilobolus, Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company, The 605 Collective and ponydance (watch highlights from the 2013 festival here).
The summer festival is ever evolving and surprising. Venues at last year’s festival included traditional performance venues such as DPAC and the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke, as well as a special performance at the Nasher Museum of Art, ponydance at Motorco and a special pop up event at Pleiades Gallery in downtown Durham. Festival performances also include cross-cultural “extras” (like concerts and films) as well as special matinees for children complete with free kids’ party. When the 2014 performance schedule is announced I recommend that you purchase your tickets early because the most popular shows sell out quickly.