Informal Showings at Scripps Studios

ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios

Contact information

919-797-2871
jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org

Location

ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
721 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

ADF is pleased to host informal showings of dance pieces in our Scripps Studio. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry. The audience is limited to 30 attendees and registration is required (please see the event listings below for the event registration forms). We are located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. There is ample free parking (including two handicap parking spots) in the lot connected to our building.


Tony Johnson's headshot

Tony Johnson-Servilo (Works-In-Progress)
January 14 & 15, 2022 @ 7 PM

This is a reflection and story of Servilo, a fifty-year-old, un-housed neighbor living in the streets of DC. I encountered Servilo four years ago on my way to a coffee shop on Connecticut Ave. He was a tall man with gray hair, wrapped in layers upon layers of blankets, no shoes and due to an infection he had had for months, barely able to walk. Throughout the years, I would watch him slowly walking down the street, wrapped up from head to toe. He had a pattern of going to the same trash can, stop and dig until he found a sandwich or tray of food someone had tossed. Upon finding sustenance, he would say a little prayer and eat slowly like it was his first meal in a long time. Most days, he just looked for coffee cups with the hope there may be a drop left to drink. Sometimes, I would see him perched on a bench, falling asleep or laying on the sidewalk covered up making sure no one could see his face. One day, I decided to walk over, introduce myself, and invited him to breakfast.

I asked, “What are some of the needs of the neighbors living on the streets?” He replied, “A nice warm and safe place to sleep”.

About the Performer:
Dancer and Choreographer, Tony C. Johnson, has performed in and created over 300 dances, many focusing on spirituality and movement. He has danced the works of world-renowned choreographers Clay Taliaferro, Chuck Davis, Anna Halprin, and others. He has studied, danced, and performed at the American Dance Festival (ADF) for over 40 years and a longtime friend of the Duke Dance Program for over 20. He has led workshops focusing on embodying history through movement, spirituality, sexuality, gender, and body language and has been a featured guest for the Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS. In 2014 he was selected to present at the Dancing the African Diaspora Conference at Duke and in 2016, he led a movement workshop as a part of his “Embodying History Through Movement” Project. Along with his work, he has been the subject of many newspapers and interviews that focus on his activism. His last major work before leaving North Carolina was titled “Hidden Faces of The Street, the lives of the poor, homeless, and people living marginal lives.” He just recently returned to Washington DC to continue his work as an activist/choreographer serving the poor, homeless, and person’s living marginal lives and bridging communities through movement. Upon his return to Durham, during Covid, was asked by a film producer if he could make a documentary on Tony’s life as a choreographer/activist. At present, he is teaching at Three House Studios here in Durham and working on a new work “Silent, a reflection and highlights of events that changed America over the last 4 years.” To be performed in the spring of 2022.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry. The audience is limited to 30 attendees. Please register by January 12, 2022.

Tony Johnson’s recent residency at ADF’s Scripps Studios to support the creative process for Servilo was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


A black and white photograph of two performers in astronaut costumes attached by rope, running away from each other

The Bipeds-We Choose the Moon (Excerpt)
February 25, 2022 @ 8 PM

The Bipeds Dance-Theatre Company will present an excerpt of an otherworldly piece entitled, We Choose the Moon, that incorporates the work of a live sound effects artist to accentuate the choreography, silent film style comedy, and original music that the group is known for. Performers include William Commander, Curtis Eller, Naomi Kraut, Stacy Wolfson, and a few special musical guests.

About the Company:
The Bipeds is a dance-theater company and rock & roll band under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer Stacy Wolfson and banjo player/ songwriter Curtis Eller. In their pursuit of a collaborative ideal, Wolfson and Eller have devised a unique compositional approach that seamlessly combines movement, music and lyrics to create a peculiar and compelling hybrid of dance and song. They cast the finished pieces with performers possessing the curiosity, technical proficiency and requisite disdain for boundaries to delve into one another’s mediums. Musicians become dancers, dancers become singers, and unhinged howls of wild abandon give way to moments of harmony and grace. The Bipeds made their theatrical debut in June 2016 with the evening-length, Never Enough Better Nothing. Wolfson and Eller have since developed a series of music and dance duets entitled Hypnagogiacs which they have showcased in festivals in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York. The Bipeds’ newest and most ambitious, evening-length production, 54 Strange Words has been performed in a variety of theatres and festivals in Durham, Chicago, Virginia, and New York City. Wolfson and Eller are diligently at work developing material for their next major production, tentatively titled Bury the Light.

REGISTER FOR THE Event

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry, The audience is limited to 30 attendees. Please register by Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Bipeds’ recent residency at ADF’s Scripps Studios to support the creative process for We Choose the Moon was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


enVISION, a new work by ShaLeigh Dance Works
April 8, 2022 @ 7 PM

ShaLeigh Dance Works is developing an immersive and inclusive performance form which does not solicit the viewer’s sight, but rather all their other senses. enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight will premiere at The Fruit in June 2022. The work is accessible to people with visual disabilities and to the general public (who can choose to experience the show blindfolded). This multi-phase project has brought together, in a collective creative process, a team of collaborators around a single challenge: to tell a story through dance and theatre beyond their visual dimension, by the elaboration of new atmospheres, and through a close interaction between the performer and the spectator.

About the company:
Known for a diverse ensemble that consists of some of Durham’s most brilliant and versatile performers, ShaLeigh Dance Works is a dance-theatre company incorporating a wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies that exist in the world of contemporary dance.

Their success has taken them from performances and creative residencies in NYC to Germany, England, Israel, and Japan. Since establishing Durham as their home in 2014, the company has had the privilege of receiving commissions, residencies, and tours along the east coast, in addition to their ongoing engagement work in the Durham area.

ShaLeigh Dance Works believes in the power of diversity and challenging the status quo. Their mission is to create dance-theatre work with social integrity and engagement programs with impact. The company believes that what they do in the studio can positively affect the world outside. With an uncompromising focus on artistic excellence, nurturing artists, and designing programs to empower at-risk communities, SDW aims to provide a concrete example of how dance can transform people’s lives and enrich society.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry, The audience is limited to 30 attendees. Please register by Thursday, April 6, 2022

“enVISION”, a new work by ShaLeigh Dance Works is supported by The American Dance Festival, MAP Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. They would also like to thank our invaluable community partners Arts Access, Vision InSights, Dark Room Ballet, InSightful Visionaries, and The Fruit.