2024 Season

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Purchase tickets through the Duke University Box Office online, by calling 919-684-4444, or in-person in the main lobby of the Bryan University Center at 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC.

The box office is open 11 am–4 pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Londs Reuter

GOOD EFFORT by dancer and choreographer Londs Reuter is an evening-length performance of attunement, calibration, repetition, trying, and trying again. Choreographed in collaboration with local professional dancers Kaitlin Fox, Kristin Clotfelter, and Anna Maynard, on-site at the North Carolina Museum of Art, GOOD EFFORT asks its performers…

Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 20 at 7:00pm

Access the digital program here. 

Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, the largest Latinx/Latine/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States, returns to ADF this summer with their recent reconstruction of House of Mad’Moiselle, unveiling the electrifying transformation of gender expressions in Latin America. In this piece, the visionary choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa deconstructs…

Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, June 15 at 1:00 pm *Children’s Matinee
Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 pm

Hung Dance

In 2017, choreographer Lai Hung-Chung founded Hung Dance, with the name Hung symbolizing the spirit of soaring freedom. Born from an unapologetic desire for flight, Birdy weaves Western mythology and Eastern traditions through stunning contemporary dance, challenging restriction through graceful movements and striking symbolism…

Please note, this performance uses a haze effect.

Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, June 15 at 7:00pm

Latin Dance Party

No matter your experience, the dancers of Ballet Hispánico and the rhythms of Latin America will transport you to a hot night in Havana! Instructors will guide you through the basics of favorites like Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata for the first 30 minutes.

Friday, June 14 at 9:00 pm–12:00 am

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE returns to ADF with Upside Down, a strongly African work about loss and growth out of loss, an excerpt from the evening-length work Destiny. Open Door provides a journey into Afro-Cuban social and traditional dance forms embodying the music of Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. The dancers lead on a path full of…

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm
Join us after the June 19 performance for a Cast Party at JB Duke Hotel!


Baye & Asa

ADF alumni Amadi Washington and Sam Pratt are returning to ADF with 4/2/3, which focuses on the generational impacts of climate change using the “Riddle of the Sphinx” as a symbolic structure. The piece is divided into three sections for three generations of performers, examining the intergenerational cooperation necessary to…

Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 pm
Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 pm

Doug Varone and Dancers

To My Arms/Restore is a new two-part work embodying Doug Varone’s decades-long choreographic fascination with the profoundly emotional and the immensely physical. Set to a suite of arias by G. F. Handel, To My Arms builds a landscape of love and loss, evoking a strange otherworld of intimacy…

Sunday, June 23 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion



Kayla Farrish

Put Away the Fire, dear is a live dance-theater work mapping the journey of six BIPOC and marginalized characters taking the reins of their narrative in an evening-length piece. Jumping through portals spanning reality and cinema, Put Away the Fire, dear, uproots power and history across generations of the American landscape…

Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 pm

Les Ballet Afrik

Back by popular demand, Les Ballet Afrik’s New York is Burning draws inspiration from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning and its depiction of voguing as a powerful expression in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. New York is Burning reflects the aspirations of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by…

Friday, June 28 at 7:00pm
Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion

Dance Party

Together we celebrate the music and dance styles of Black and Latino Queer communities. Immerse yourself in Vogue, Afrobeats, House, and Latin music as Les Ballet Afrik helps you get your groove on. Let’s have a Kiki and take it to the dance floor!

Friday, June 28 at 9:00 pm–12:00 am

Netta Yerushalmy’s MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT, by Netta Yerushalmy, synthesizes over one hundred citations from an expansive range of dances across genres and cultures. It is a radical quilt of borrowed material that stretches the idea of pluralism until it almost snaps. It features a score by award-winning composer Paula Matthusen and is performed by dancers from Korea, Senegal, Taiwan…

Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion

Please note that this performance includes haze. There will be lights focused into the house as well as a strobe effect. 


This summer, Pilobolus is bringing its re:CREATION tour to ADF, presenting a dynamic collection of dance pieces—daring experiments and groundbreaking new collaborations alongside the classics that have altered the landscape of dance and theater. Walklyndon, a seminal piece in Pilobolus’ repertoire, is an all-time favorite that captures…

Friday, July 5 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 pm *Children’s Matinee
Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 pm

Please note this performance contains nudity.

Made In NC

The Made in NC program features the world premiere of four ADF-commissioned works by North Carolina artists. Dom-Sebastian Alexis, a Greensboro native, is a Hip-Hop and Contemporary Juxtaposition Artist trained in various degrees of Street Dance, Social Grooves, and contemporary dance techniques…

Sunday, July 7 at 7:30 pm

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Milka Djordjevich

Bob is a manic whirlwind of methodical, rapid-fire movements dictated, performed, and self-enforced by Milka Djordjevich. Set to bold music and silence, Bob eroticizes the labor of the dancing body—the repetition, the discipline, and the fallout. A mid-career taxonomy of sorts, Djordjevich confronts demands to optimize her female body…

Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Friday, July 12 at 7:30 pm

Footprints 2024

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

Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 14 at 3:00 pm

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Urban Bush Women

Set in a fictional jazz club, SCAT!… The Complex Lives of Al & Dot, Dot & Al Zollar is a dance-driven musical that tells the love story of two people making their way during the Great Migration. It is a powerful tale of one family and what happens when dreams encounter the realities of American life in the ‘40s and ‘50s. The work features an original jazz score…

Please note, this performance includes adult and racially charged language.

Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm *Scripps/ADF Award Ceremony
Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 pm

ShaLeigh Dance Works

enVISION: The Next Chapter is an immersive interdisciplinary performance that relies not on sight or sound but on the felt sense of sonic experiences and visual perceptions. In a collective creative process, the work has brought together a team of collaborators around two questions: Can we listen to what we see? Can we see what we hear?

Friday, July 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 pmSaturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm | Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 pm
Friday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 pmSaturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 pm | Sunday, July 28 at 7:30 pm

Radical System Art

Choreographer and Radical System Art’s artistic director Shay Kuebler’s MOI-Momentum of Isolation is based on social isolation and loneliness, exploring objective and subjective experiences through the individual, the group, and modern society—a society with shifting values and an ever-advancing digital way of life. MOI places live interactive video and sound…

Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to ADF this summer, presenting three masterpieces from its repertory. Arden Court, a dance set to the baroque music of William Boyce and a nod to Shakespeare’s As You Like It, was an instant success after its premiere in 1981. Private Domain is the name of a mysterious dance that premiered in 1969…

Friday, July 26 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, July 27 at 1:00 pm *Children’s Matinee
Saturday, July 27 at 5:00 pm
Join us after the July 27 performance for a Cast Party at JB Duke Hotel!

Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs

YOGGS FAMILY NEWSLETTER, 2014-present, is an immersive experience where the audience is led through the lobby of the Nasher Museum of Art by Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs alongside their daughter, Bea Yon. The audience is integrated into the trio as momentary chorus members to our family stories, dances, and drawing games. 

Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 pm

Black Label Movement

Battleground is choreographer Carl Flink’s newest work, influenced by the physicality of Bodystorming, a technique he developed with biomedical engineer David Odde, and Flink’s intellectual curiosity surrounding war, violence, and its impact on the human body. A provocative, physical, and innovative piece grounded in science, ballistic movement…

Friday, October 11 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 pm *Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 pm *Post-Performance Discussion