American Dance Festival this week

CorrespondentJuly 6, 2013 

Camille A. Brown & Dancers brings musical theater to "MR. TOL E. RancE," celebrating the black performer throughout history and wittily examining pervasive stereotypes in pop culture.


A look at this week at the American Dance Festival in Durham:

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

The Buzz: A graduate of UNC School of the Arts, Brown has established herself as a highly theatrical choreographer, exploring contemporary issues and real-life situations with drama and humor.

What’s on: Premiered in New York City in April, “MR. TOL E. RAncE” is a celebration of the black performer and an examination of pervasive black stereotypes. The performance includes live original music and video projections.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University.

Tickets: $25. 919-684-4444 or

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Buzz: One of the most enduring and highly praised modern dance choreographers, Taylor has continued to amuse and amaze audiences for nearly 60 years with works that can be beautiful or ugly, funny or deadly serious.

What’s on: This visit includes the energetic ensemble precision of “Arden Court,” the bittersweet observations of a couple’s relationship in “Eventide,” and an idyllic look at lovers in a rural setting in Taylor’s newest work, “Perpetual Dawn.”

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

Where: Durham Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: $18-$52 ($15 children’s matinee). 919-680-2787 or

More info: 919-684-6402 or

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