Wondrous Women: Solos created by the artists for themselves

World Premieres

ADF Debuts

ADF Commissions


The Carolina Theater

Friday, July 13, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 14, 7:00pm


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ADF Commissioned World Premieres! | ADF Debuts!

Five talented, award-winning female choreographers and performers present an evening of glorious solo dance. Tap dancer, choreographer, and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, street jazz choreographer Rhapsody James, and contemporary Chinese choreographer Yabin Wang will each premiere ADF-commissioned solos. Co-artistic Director Aparna Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance Company will present an ADF-commissioned solo as well, with newly composed music also commissioned by ADF. Camille A. Brown returns to the festival with a section from her latest work ink, which celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora.

New Works by Michelle Dorrance, Rhapsody James, Aparna Ramaswamy, and Yabin Wang are commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works.

Funding for Yabin Wang provided, in part, by Asian | Pacific Studies Institute Duke University.