The American Dance Festival Celebrates 40 Years in Durham

71 performances, 11 different venues: Here's the schedule for the ADF's 84th season

The American Dance Festival (ADF)’s 84th season will run in Duke University and Durham from June 3-July 29. The summer includes 71 performances by 30 companies and choreographers in 11 different venues.

ADF Executive Director Jodee Nimerichter said, “Forty years ago when ADF moved from New London, Conn., to Durham, the festival stimulated a renaissance. North Carolina welcomed us with open arms. ADF chose Duke University as the site of its new home over nearly 50 other invitations from all around the country, in part because of North Carolina’s demonstrated enthusiasm for the performing arts. It has been an exhilarating 40 years and we look forward to many more.”

Program highlights include ADF and the North Carolina Museum of Art’s co-presentation of Monica Bill Barnes’ Museum Workout as well as the return of their popular Happy Hour at PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council. An Opening Night Gala performance will feature homegrown North Carolina companies, choreographers, and dancers. dendy/donovan projects and Claire Porter & Sara Juli will present ADF-commissioned world premieres. The festival will introduce newcomers Sean Dorsey Dance, Kidd Pivot/Electric Company Theatre, and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. in evening-length works.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will present, for the first time, the full Analogy: A Trilogy with performances of Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist, and Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant. Co-presented with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre returns in the provocative and witty work Come Jump With Me.

ADF welcomes back Paul Taylor Dance Company with two different programs featuring Taylor classics and works by Larry Keigwin and Doug Elkins, Pilobolus with best-loved repertory and a new ADF-commissioned collaborative work with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and Mark Morris Dance Group performing with live music from the Durham Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale.

ADF 2017 also introduces to its stage Hillel Kogan with his comical message of coexistence in We Love Arabs, and Heidi Latsky Dance returns with a FREE performance of On Display at Duke Homestead.

The 2017 Festival Performances will take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Reynolds Industries Theater, and Baldwin Auditorium. ADF’s Out-of-the-Box Series will take place at Sheafer Theater, Living Arts Collective, The Ark, Duke Homestead, the North Carolina Museum of Art, PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council, and The Nasher Museum of Art. Single tickets and subscriptions go on sale Tuesday, May 2nd, and prices range from $10 to $62 with many savings options available.

Tickets can be purchased through the ADF website at