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21 Days of Local Arts – American Dance Festival

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 share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.

Earlier this year I featured the American Dance Festival in the “21 Days of Festivals” blog series and the anticipation is almost over, as the performances begin in less than one month. Single performance ticket sales are now open for ADF shows June 12 through July 26, 2014. 

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. This year’s series includes 49 performances, 10 of which are ADF World Premieres and 2 US Premieres along with a dozen company debuts and commissioned pieces. In short, there’s quite a bit new in this year’s venerable ADF.

The summer festival is ever evolving and surprising. Venues once again include traditional venues such as DPAC and the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke, as well as a special performance at the Nasher Museum of Art and a series of Children’s Saturday Matinees (at a reduced price individually or for all three shows). Festival performances also include “extras” like the International Screendance Festival on four consecutive Saturdays at Nasher Museum of Art (each is free and open to the public). 

Now that individual ticket sales are open you should act quickly, as the most popular shows sell out quickly. Like the American Dance Festival Facebook page and follow along on Twitter for information about the annual festival as well as year round events, performances and activities.

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