History in making at ADF
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. Performances of this Statewide Dance Program take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Reynolds Industries Theater.
This program is a joint effort of ADF and the NC Dance Festival. Jan Van Dyke, director of Dance Project, Inc, which presents the NC Dance Festival, said she approached ADF director Jodee Nimerichter about including a program featuring the work of North Carolina choreographers.
The NC Dance Festival already has a selection process to choose artists for its annual tour of five NC cities. For the ADF program, the NC Dance Festival chose 13 of the top dances presented on tours over the past 10 years. Then, from those 13 dances, a panel of nationally recognized choreographers chose four works for the Statewide Dance program.
“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 ADF opportunity is a choreographer’s dream come true,” said choreographer Natalie Marrone, whose work, “REVOLT,” is on the Statewide Dance program. “I’m just so happy I’m going to be there.” Marrone was an ADF student in 1992.
As for whether North Carolina dance will continue to be part of future ADF seasons, both Nimerichter and Van Dyke said they are waiting to see the response to this first program.
GO & DO
WHAT: ADF &NC Dance Festival Celebrate Statewide Dance.
WHEN: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. today.
WHERE: Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University.