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.
Whats 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 tickets.duke.edu
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.
Whats on: This visit includes the energetic ensemble precision of Arden Court, the bittersweet observations of a couples relationship in Eventide, and an idyllic look at lovers in a rural setting in Taylors newest work, Perpetual Dawn.
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; childrens matinee 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Durham Performing Arts Center.
Tickets: $18-$52 ($15 childrens matinee). 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com
More info: 919-684-6402 or americandancefestival.org