The week at American Dance Festival

CorrespondentJune 22, 2013 

Mark Haim's 50-minute piece "This Land Is Your Land" has 14 contemporary characters performing evolving patterns with coffee cups and cell phones, commenting on consumerism and body image in humorous and poignant ways.


A look at what’s coming this week at the American Dance Festival in Durham:

Faye Driscoll

The Buzz: Considered one of today’s most original dance artists, Driscoll makes pieces that don’t look like anything or anybody else.

What’s on: “You’re Me” is an evening-length duet with ADF faculty member Jesse Zarritt that explores the nature of relationships and the battle for control with humor and gripping intensity.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University.

Tickets: $25. 919-684-4444 or

Mark Haim

The Buzz: Based in Seattle and working within the minimalist tradition, ADF faculty member Haim applies his wit and passion to explorations of familiar objects and images.

What’s on: “This Land is Your Land,” a piece for 14 dancers that uses variations on a walking pattern to make comic and poignant social commentary as the performers interact with everything from coffee cups to cell phones. (Contains nudity; limited chair seating)

When: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Where: Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University.

Tickets: $15. 919-684-4444 or

Kyle Abraham/


The Buzz: Abraham’s star has risen quickly over the last five years with his appealingly theatrical, down-to-earth style.

What’s on: “Pavement,” inspired by the film “Boyz n the Hood,” looks at black America through the eyes of friends in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Where: Durham Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: $18-$48. 919-680-2787 or

More info: 919-684-6402 or

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