American Dance Festival

Chuck Davis, ADF, African American Dance Ensemble
African American Dance Ensemble, Inc.

Chuck Davis, the founder of the African American Dance Ensemble died Sunday in Durham.

photo of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Chris Roesing

Lar Lubovitch is known in the performing art world as a breakthrough choreographer in modern, ballet and jazz dancing.

One of his most heralded works is called "Concerto 622," which depicted two men in a loving relationship for the first time on the modern dance stage. It gave a face to the AIDS crisis in the mid-80s.

Image of Bill T. Jones on the left. Jones is an award-winning choreographer and just completed Analogy/Dora: Tramontane.
Nazareth College / Flickr Creative Commons

Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones' newest creation, Analogy/Dora: Tramontaneis based on interviews he conducted with his 95-year-old mother-in-law, Dora Amelan, a Jewish nurse who survived the Holocaust.

dancer
John Hogg

South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma grew up hearing the story of his ancestor, a 19th century Xhosa warrior. The man is remembered for his long fight to preserve cultural traditions and resist colonial rule. In the dance piece, "Exit/Exist," Maqoma explores the connections between his past and present while live musicians sing in the Xhosa language.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
ADF

The American Dance Festival kicks off today. ADF's mission is to support modern dance, and as a part of that they commission artists to create new work.

This year, there is a push to get a younger audience. Jodee Nimerichter directs the festival.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers
www.camilleabrown.org/the-company

Three years ago, Camille A. Brown made the decision to form her own dance company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
American Dance Festival

The American Dance Festival is entering its 80th year as performances begin in Durham. 

The national festival opens Thursday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  This year's celebration includes dance companies from as far away as Argentina, Ireland and Taiwan.