Thu - Sat
Jun 21 - 23


American Dance Festival at DPAC
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ADF Commissioned World Premiere!

“Pilobolus embodies a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery. Making something new with the same standard body parts the rest of us have”—The Washington Post. Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. Moses Pendleton, an English literature major and cross-country skier, Jonathan Wolken, a philosophy science major and fencer, and Steve Johnson, a pre-med student and pole vaulter, were enrolled in a dance composition class taught by Alison Becker Chase. In that class, they created their first piece, which they titled Pilobolus—and a legacy of movement and magic was born. This perennial crowd favorite will present an evening of work based on the five senses including Gnomen, a quartet for men with its lyrical exploration of relationships emerging from an unusually inventive physical vocabulary, Branches, a work scored entirely with natural sound, and the sensuous duet Symbiosis. Additionally, Pilobolus teams up with Indie rocker Thao Nguyen in a new ADF commission to create the company's first all-woman trio, Warp & Weft. Working in the mode of collage, the darkly comic, physically theatrical piece begins with myriad movement cliches that surround us every day, and then chisels away at them to reveal the nuances of power and the contradictions of identity. Evening performances contain nudity.

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Thu, Jun 21 - Sat, Jun 23, 2018



Find tickets online at, or at The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC, in person or by phone at 919.680.2787.

Purchase tickets to all 4 ADF shows* and receive a 25% discount.

*Does not include the Children’s Matinee performance.

Visit our Where to Buy page for The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC address and hours.


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Age Requirement

  • Must be 3 years of age or older to attend an American Dance Festival performance, except for the specially designated children's matinee.
  • Everyone, regardless of age must have a ticket in order to be admitted into the theater.

Camera Policy

Photography and Video Recording is prohibited. All electronic devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras) must be turned off before entering the seating area. Cameras with detachable lens are not allowed into the building.

Children's Matinee

This one-hour performance is specially curated to ignite and inspire the imaginations of children. The performance is followed by a FREE Kids’ Party in the DPAC lobby, complete with live music, face painting, snacks, and additional activities.

Note: There will be no nudity in the Children's Matinee.

Children of all ages are welcome at the Children’s Matinee. Please note that all guests require a ticket, regardless of age. 

Content Advisory

The evening performances contain nudity and adult themes. Not recommended for young children or preteens.

Parental discretion advised.

DPAC offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at DPAC. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected]

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time.

Event Schedule

8 pm Performance

7:00pm- Lobby Doors & Seating Area Opens
8:00pm- Performance Begins

*Please note all times are approximate and subject to change.


1 pm Performance 

12:00pm- Lobby Doors & Seating Area Opens
1:00pm- Performance Begins

*Please note all times are approximate and subject to change.


Safety First - Bag Check

For your safety, all guests and their bags are subject to inspection before entry. This inspection may include the use of metal detectors. Restricted items include, but are not limited to, Alcohol, Cameras, Glass Bottles, and Weapons of any kind. In addition, we will also now restrict backpacks and any oversized bags larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches (about the size of a standard milk crate). Safety first is our goal. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback at [email protected].

Weather Policy

All performances scheduled at DPAC normally take place as planned. For more information on our inclement weather policy, please visit INCLEMENT WEATHER FAQ.