Eye-opening odes at Durham dance fest celebrate the body

CorrespondentJune 29, 2013 

Using lines attached to the dancers, Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company's choreography puts bodies in the air, twirling, bouncing and soaring to high-energy music and dramatic lighting.

COURTESY OF JAMES ARIAS CARLOS FURMAN

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

LeeSaar the Company

The Buzz: The company, launched in Israel and now based in New York City, founded by Lee Sher and Saar Harari creates arresting choreography based on unconventional and unexpected body movements.

What’s on: The commissioned premiere, “Grass and Jackals,” displays the power of womanhood and the connections of bodies in unknown circumstances, enhanced with dramatic lighting and a powerful score.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University.

Tickets: $32. 919-684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu.

Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company

The Buzz: For two decades, this unconventional Argentinian company has been defying gravity with aerial techniques allowing dancers to fly and float in daring and dazzling moves.

What’s on: “Air Condition” is the company’s 2005 piece that combines elements of tango, hip-hop and ballet, as dancers soar through kaleidoscopic lighting effects to a foot-tapping soundtrack.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (children’s matinee: 1 p.m. Saturday).

Where: Durham Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: $18-$54 ($15 children’s matinee). 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com.

More info: 919-684-6402 or americandancefestival.org.

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