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Watch Cara Hagan’s (ADF’s Movies by Movers director and curator) video Cygnus

Gathering For Dance
Live Stream Series

Join us every other Tuesday for conversations moderated by ADF’s Executive Director Jodee Nimerichter.

Tuesday, May 26, 7:00pm EDT

Sharing Legacy
Featuring Blakeley White-McGuire, Masha Maddux, Andrea Weber, and Michael Trusnovec, stagers of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor repertoire.
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June 9, 7:00pm EDT
Screendance: Moving Images. Moving Bodies.
Featuring ADF’s Movies by Movers Director Cara Hagan and Co-Curators Juel D. Lane and Jennifer Scully-Thurston, a screening of the short film Bones from the 2020 festival, and the film’s Co-Creators Andrew Harper and Katherine Henly. Join us for a discussion about  the work, the festival, and all things screendance!
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June 23, 7:00pm EDT
Vertigo Dance Company: Art. Community. Nature.
Featuring Noa Wertheim, Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Co-Founder and Adi Sha’al, CEO, Artistic Partner, and Co-Founder of Vertigo Dance Company. ADF’s interview with Vertigo Dance Company is made possible with support by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.
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July 7, 7:00pm EDT
ADF Musicians Live in Concert
Featuring Adam Crawley, Jefferson Dalby, Andy Hasenpflug, Terrence Karn, Amadou Kouyate, Eric Mullis, West Oxking, Sherone Price, Atiba Rorie, Khalid Saleem, and Del Ward. Download PDF of concert program here
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July 21, 7:00pm EDT
New Dances Created and World Premieres Postponed
Join Kyle Abraham, Colin ConnorChafin Seymour, and Abby Zbikowski as they discuss the ADF co-commissioned works that were not able to be performed at ADF 2020 due to COVID-19. Find out what the artists are up to, what they are doing to stay creative during these times, and whether there are plans to premiere the pieces in the future. The artists will also be sharing special video footage of the rehearsal process for these pieces.
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August 4, 7:00pm EDT
Finding Humor Through Dance
Featuring Monica Bill Barnes, Janis Brenner, Rosie Herrera, Sara Juli, and Claire Porter.
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20th Anniversary of Shen Wei Dance Arts
Join Shen Wei and ADF Director Emeritus Charles L. Reinhart as they discuss Shen Wei’s rich visual arts and dance history and the founding of Shen Wei Dance Arts at ADF in 2000.

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Celebrating Black Artistry





Watch Meditation: A Silent Prayer here.

Meditation: A Silent Prayer
Choreography: Kyle Abraham in collaboration with A.I.M
Music: Craig Harris
Text & Voice Over: Carrie Mae Weems
Visual Art: Titus Kaphar
Lighting Design: Dan Scully
Costume Design: Karen Young
Dancers: Kayla Farrish, Tamisha Guy, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Marcella Lewis, Jae Neal

Selections from 2019’s ADF’s Movies by Movers festival

The Maestro by Juel D. Lane
Award-winning choreographer Juel D. Lane’s film celebrates the life of painter Ernie Barnes. Lane’s tribute, which uses the medium “dance on film,” draws inspiration from Barnes’s 1978 painting, The Maestro.

The Maestro is directed and choreographed by Juel D. Lane, cinematography by James R. Wiley, animation by Evan Finch, music composition by Munir Zakee, and makeup by Allyson Kochanek and Taylor Speagle.


But First by Erin Brown Thomas
“Coffee literally changes the way we see, think, and interact with other people. But First is our way of exploring this through two of our favorite mediums, film and dance.”
– Erin Brown Thomas (director), Mike Esperanza (choreographer)
But First was made as part of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival’s annual Co-Laboratory program in collaboration with the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron’s Dancing Laboratories, where a filmmaker and choreographer are paired together for one week to make a short dance film.


The Field by Holly Wilder
Do you ever wish you could shut off all the voices in your head? Who are you when the voices go silent, even if just for a moment?
​“Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”-Rumi

Groggy Grugg by Conor C. Long
A claymation screendance short film about that terrible everyday struggle to get out of bed for that first delicious cup of coffee.

The Storm by Chafic Saad and Evie Ladin
Lotus Dickey wrote The Storm, adapted and arranged here by Evie Ladin for her all-female Body Music Moving Choir – MoToR/dance. Using nothing but the sonic qualities of the human body moving in space, MoToR/dance’s body music choirographies emphasize what we have when we strip the world down to only ourselves, having to deal with each other, making our own soundtrack to our thoughts.

We Are Here by Sima Gonsai
A short dance film that explores notions of identity where the search to belong unites you as one.

And So Say All of Us by Mitchell Rose
52 seminal international choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.

I’m Blessed by Hannah Darrah
ADF alumni Hannah Darrah created I’m Blessed, the official music video for the Philadelphia based band, Speedy Ortiz.


From 2019 Movies by Movers participant Kati Kallio, USKO / A sight for sore eyes.


Eiko Otake’s with mother in twilight

“This is a NON edited section of a video ( my favorite way of making a dance for the camera) where I performed for no one but the camera.  The large piece of paper is a print of my mother in her coffin. My mother  died on February 2, 2019 and this video was shot in June of 2019. This dance, in an upstate New York forest, became  the basis of my duet with my dead mother which I performed as a part of the ADF commissioned The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable in July 2019. I now look back on this dance as a meditation on a personal death which my mother was blessed with.” —Eiko 

This video was created during a residency at IEA (Institute for Electronic Arts) , Alfred University in June 2019. It was shown in a multi-channel video installation at IEA. Camera by Rebekkah Palov.

The World is Our Stage: 60-Second Video Dance Challenge


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Music for Dance, Film, and more

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