Fri - Sat
Jul 26 - 27

Forces of Dance

American Dance Festival at DPAC

Forces of Dance will feature work by three highly acclaimed choreographers, Martha Graham, Lin Hwai-min, and Bill T. Jones, and a world premiere by Twyla Tharp. This performance celebrates recipients of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement Award and showcases the incredible talent of ADF students.

The performance will include 2013 Scripps/ADF Award recipient Lin Hwai-min’s 1998 solo from his masterpiece Moon Water, performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre dancer Chou Chang-ning. As a poetic meditation of the Taoist philosophy, the work explores the study of time and the balance found in yin and yang. The additional works on the program will be performed by the enormously gifted ADF students. In an unprecedented performance, Twyla Tharp will present an ADF commissioned world premiere created specifically for ADF students. Alexander Brady and Rika Okamoto will set what will be Tharp’s 130th dance work, featuring her iconic movement vocabulary and an original score created just for this occasion by David Kahne. Martha Graham, one of ADF’s four founders, has had a vast influence on the field that can be seen throughout history. In a special homage to the “mother of modern dance” Duane Cyrus will set the reconstruction of Ritual To the Sun from her legendary work Acts of Light (1981). Inspired by her revolutionary dance technique, the work celebrates the dancer as an exquisite instrument of expression. Bill T. Jones’ arresting ensemble work Love Re-Defined (1996) will also grace the stage. Drawing from Jones’ distinct and poetic style and set to a whimsical soundtrack by Daniel Johnston, the work is an energetic reflection on love and human relationships.

New Work by Twyla Tharp is commissioned by ADF with support from the SHS Foundation and the Charles L. and Stephanie Reinhart Fund. The presentation of Lin Hwai-min’s solo from Moon Water is supported by the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and the Asian| Pacific Studies Institute of Duke University.

  • All guests require a ticket, regardless of age. No one under the age of 5 admitted into the theater, and children must be able to sit quietly in their own seat without disturbing other guests.
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Fri, Jul 26 - Sat, Jul 27, 2013


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Kids Night Out: Area youth, ages 6–16, are invited to attend any evening ADF performance for free with the purchase of a single ticket or subscription.

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