2023 Performances

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7 dancers jumping in a white room.


BODYTRAFFIC uses the creative spirit of its Los Angeles home as a backdrop for delivering performances that inspire audiences around the globe to simply love dance. The company will present an exploration of identity through dance, showing SNAP by Micaela Taylor, Notes on Fall, a 2021 ADF-commissioned work by Brian Brooks, The One to Stay With by Baye & Asa, and PACOPEPEPLUTO by Alejandro Cerrudo.

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00pm
Saturday, June 10 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion

2023 ADF Fête

The 2023 Fête will take place at Parizäde immediately following the opening night performance. Dance the night away with BODYTRAFFIC and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

Thursday, June 8 at 9:00pm

A dancer suspended mid-air during a back flip on a dark stage.

Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater

he acclaimed work Nuttin’ But A Word by Rennie Harris pushes the boundaries of street dance vocabulary and forces its audience to view street dance through a different lens. Challenging the viewer’s perspective of street dance or Hip-hop dance and its culture, Nuttin’ But A Word takes you on a dramatic and abstract journey while twisting, matching, juxtaposing, and pulling vocabulary and music in ways unimaginable. Harris chooses to end this work in a traditional Hip-hop celebration, which Africanists may refer to as the Bantaba.

Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Saturday, June 10 at 1:00pm (Children’s Matinee)

4 dancers walk in front of colored panels. holding coffee cups and other accessories.

Mark Haim

This year’s rendition of This Land Is Your Land by Mark Haim will mark ten years since it was last performed at ADF and the beginning of a second decade of collaboration between ADF and the Nasher Museum of Art. The piece is based on a simple, continuously-mutating walking pattern and will be performed by 14 North Carolina artists using culturally-identifiable props such as Starbucks cups and cell phones. The work plays with perception of time and touches upon contemporary issues such as consumerism, destruction of the environment, and body image.
Please note: this performance contains nudity.

Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30pm
Tuesday, June 13 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 14 at 9:00pm

A dance lifts another into the air as her kegs extend to the side in a middle split.


With SW!NG OUT, choreographer and ADF first-timer Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to Durham, with live music by Eyal Vilner Big Band. What The New York Times celebrated in “Best of 2021” as “…the contemporary swing-dance show that… gave me the most joy of any dance production in 2021” was conceived by Caleb Teicher alongside their brain trust of collaborators Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, and Eyal Vilner. SW!NG OUT features exciting Lindy Hop choreography and improvisation and each performance concludes with an on-stage jam session, inviting audiences to join in the fun!

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 16 at 7:30pm

Black and white photos of 5 NC choreographers.

Made in NC

The Made in NC program features the world premiere of five ADF-commissioned works by North Carolina artists. Renay Aumiller will present a work integrating ideologies and practices from Adrienne Marie Brown’s Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds into a choreographic process to explore its effects on inclusion and belonging within the cast and collaborators. Caroline Calouche is known for blending a variety of dance and circus arts disciplines in her choreography. Michelle Pearson, the artistic director of Black Box Dance Theatre, will be presenting a work about loss, love, and life. Kristin Taylor Duncan, a native of…

Saturday, June 17 at 7:30pm

7 dancers jumping in a white room.

 Celebration of Tony C. Johnson

In 2023, ADF celebrates choreographer, dance educator, and activist Tony C. Johnson by establishing a scholarship in his name. Help us reach our goal of $40,000 for the Tony C. Johnson Scholarship Fund! Text TONY to (844) 422-6444 or click here to donate now.

Monday, June 19 at 7:30pm

Many dancers wearing black and gold stand leaning to their right with their right arm extended downward across their bodies.

Joanna Kotze

For her ADF season debut, Joanna Kotze, who has been described as a “ruthlessly elegant dancer and choreographer” by Time Out New York, brings to ADF ‘lectric Eye. The hour-long dance performance responds to collective and personal loss and isolation and draws attention to the human body’s…

Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Thursday, June 22 at 7:30pm

6 dancers in various stages of jumping.


Pilobolus, an ADF favorite and regular, returns to Page Auditorium this summer with a repertory program which includes Sweet PurgatorySolo from the Empty Suitor , and two new works made in collaboration with alumni of…

Friday, June 23 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Saturday, June 24 at 1:00pm (Children’s Matinee)
Saturday, June 24 at 7:30pm

7 drummers sit together on stage.

Faculty & Musicians Concert

The ADF school faculty and musicians will take center stage and share their remarkable talent with the community.

Sunday, June 25 at 5:00pm

7 dancers jumping in a white room.

Teaching Tribute

The 2023 Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be presented to Jody Gottfried Arnhold, educator, advocate for dance, and founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) 92NY. A free screening of her documentary PS DANCE! The Next Generation will follow the award ceremony.

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30pm

Multiple dancers partner together low to the floor.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

For over 40 years, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company has shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through creation and performance of over 140 works. ADF-commissioned work Curriculum II, which premiered in June 2022, applies the ideas of Cameroonian historian and political theorist Achille Mbembe, Nigerian-born writer and scholar Louis …

Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Friday, June 30 at 7:30pm

A dancer is lifted on their back by the arms of others.


Founded in 2007, staibdance is an Atlanta-based contemporary dance company that values the provocative power of movement. staibdance is presenting fence at its ADF debut, a work which is a journey into a messy world of power struggles and dismissed histories and an examination of how “otherness” can rob our power or become its source. Founded upon dramatic, life-changing events Staib encountered as a child in Iran, fence is staibdance’s most political and socially driven work to date. Staib’s intensely physical movement vocabulary bonds with traditional Iranian dance to explore unrest felt personally and globally.

Saturday, July 1 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Sunday, July 2 at 5:00pm

5 dancers leap through the air in an industrial setting.

Kyle Marshall Choreography

At their ADF debut, Kyle Marshall Choreography is presenting ADF-commissioned Onyx and AliceOnyx digs into the origins of rock and roll revealing the Black and Brown people whose sounds, performances, and personalities created this revolutionary genre. Through the setting of improvisational scores, character embodiment, and flowing phrase work, Onyx reflects on the fame, influence, appropriation, and erasure that riddles the legacy of so many Black and Brown artists. Through this embodiment of history, Onyx serves to recognize and celebrate these groundbreaking musicians while widening our perspective of the Black American cultural experience. 

Thursday, July 6 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Friday, July 7 at 7:30pm

Black and white headshots of 3 choreographers.

Footprints 2023

The Footprints program, which bridges ADF’s performance series and education programs, delivers an outstanding presentation of three ADF-commissioned world premieres, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by ADF students.

Saturday, July 8 at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 9 at 3:00pm

5 dancers wearing flowing blue dresses form a V on stage.

Sean Dorsey Dance

Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project The Lost Art Of Dreaming is an invitation to embrace expansive imagination, reconnect with longing, connect with joy and pleasure, and propel ourselves toward loving futures. This new full-evening work is a fusion of full-throttle dance, intimate…

Thursday, July 13 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion

4 dancers in colorful costume lift a 5th above their heads on stage.

Paul Taylor Dance Company

In addition to the repertory pieces Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) and Brandenburgs, the Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to ADF this season with a new piece, Somewhere in the Middle, by Amy Hall Garner which premiered in 2022. Somewhere in the Middle is an adrenaline-fueled dance highlighting the athleticism and beauty of the Taylor Company, all to music of Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, and other Big Band favorites.

Friday, July 14 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Saturday, July 15 at 5:00pm

3 dancers on stage, induing one standing, one leaning, and one sitting in a wheelchair.

Resident Island Dance Theatre

Resident Island Dance Theatre will make its U.S. and ADF debut with Ice Age, an emotionally thrilling, physically integrated quartet co-choreographed by RIDT’s Artistic Director Chung-An Chang and French dance maker Maylis Arrabit. The 55-minute piece is performed by two dancers in wheelchairs and two standing dancers. As the world locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the work took shape—to explore the different ways that people navigate and connect in their own cultural environments.

Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00pm
Thursday, July 20 at 7:00pm

6 dancers form a V on stage with their legs in a lunge and their arms outstretched wide.


ZviDance presents Migrations, a dance performance collaboration between Zvi Gotheiner, composer Scott Killian, lighting designer Mark London, and seven dancers. Migrations is in line with Gotheiner’s previous works that reflect on the collision of humanity with nature. The company focused its creative attention on bird migration imagery and tendencies as a poetic mirroring for the current acceleration of human migration as a result of wars and the diminishing of life-sustaining resources. These concepts serve as a point of departure for the creation of Migrations

Tuesday, July 18 at 9:00pm
Thursday, July 20 at 9:00pm

Ballet Hispánico

In the ADF-commissioned Papagayos, Omar Roman De Jesús allows us to enter the upsidedown forest, where paradise comes ready laden with wings, and psychedelic stories write themselves out of order. A three-second love ritual between two birds transforms into a movement poem celebrating the pleasure of human physicality.

Friday, July 21 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Saturday, July 22 at 1:00pm (Children’s Matinee)
Saturday, July 22 at 7:30pm

Cara Hagan sits on a rainbow-colored staircase.

Cara Hagan

Cara Hagan will present the world premiere of a new ADF-commissioned site-specific work at the Nasher Museum of Art. Her new work were we birds?  explores experiences of upheaval, prolonged states of limbo, and the subsequent reorganization of one’s life following the disorientation of migration. Whether by choice or circumstance, movement on a large scale is often paired with discombobulation. When we manage to pull ourselves back together, what remains out of place? What was never in place to begin with? Audiences will listen to the sound score on their cell phones.

Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 22 at 9:00pm