ADF will present Rosie Herrera's work in NYC this August. Here, Herrera working with Ballet Hispanico in 2014. Photo by Moris Moreno.
Last week, we announced that Jessica Lang will create a home and dance center in Long Island City, just a subway stop away from Manhattan. Now another organization is spreading its roots to New York City. This August, after its regular season ends in Durham, North Carolina, the American Dance Festival will present its first-ever NYC season. True to form, ADF's performances at The Joyce Theater will introduce Big Apple audiences to a new innovative choreographer and showcase a fan favorite.
First up is Tatiana Baganova's Provincial Dance Theatre in their NYC debut, August 1–3. But their artistic director is no stranger to the ADF family. Baganova, who hails from Russia, has had an ongoing relationship with the festival since 1992 when she took part in ADF's inaugural mini festival in Moscow. In 2008, writer Lea Marshall reviewed a performance of her work at ADF for Dance Magazine, saying "Tatiana Baganova moves dancers in such seamless, satisfying combinations that you feel that her dances could go on forever and never grow tiresome."
Following Provincial Dance Theatre, NYC will welcome the Miami–based Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre in Herrera's 2009 work Various Stages of Drowning: A Caberet, August 4–6. Herrera also has deep roots with ADF, and the organization has commissioned five new works by her through the years. Fusing femininity, surrealism and dance theater, Herrera's work blends a variety of influences to create a brand of performance that's supremely unique.
And if you can't make it to Manhattan, visitors to Durham can still enjoy ADF's broad-ranging season June 16–July 30. The programming features 26 companies from the U.S., France, Israel and Russia and 9 world premieres commissioned by the festival. From the shape-shifting Pilobolus to Savion Glover's scintillating rhythms to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's daring Forysthe program, there's a lot in store. Can't wait until summer? Check out the whole lineup here.