Well, that was fast. The 6.5-week festival draws to a close this week with a pair of crowd-pleasers: Shein Wei Dance Arts, which has become a local favorite, and a program that features classic and new works.
This is the fourth time the festival has created a program out of this idea: showcasing ADF dancers in reconstructed classics and in new works. This time it's Jerome Robbins' "West Side Story Suite" (1995) and Merce Cunningham's "Inlets 2" (1983) with a score by John Cage, and a world premiere of an ADF-commissioned piece by Russian choreographer and festival favorite Tatiana Baganova. 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University.
Shen Wei Dance Arts
Shen Wei is one of China's best-known modern dance figures. Ten years ago, he formed this company at ADF. The troupe will conclude the festival with a two-part program: "Map" (2005) and "Folding" (2000) at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; "Rite of Spring" (2003) and "Folding" at 8 p.m. Saturday. Performances are at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Each evening Wei will dance a world-premiere solo commissioned by ADF.
Single tickets can be purchased by calling 668-2233, going online to www.americandancefestival.org, or at the Duke University or DPAC box offices. Prices range from $20 to $46.
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