This week at ADF: Irish troupe featured

CorrespondentJuly 13, 2013 

Staged in downtown Durham's Motorco Music Hall with the audience at tables, the Irish Ponydance Theatre Company's piece looks at the quirky characters in a pub with honest and funny insights.


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

Hollins University/American Dance Festival MFA performances

The Buzz: Masters of Fine Arts degree candidates cap six weeks of intensive study with thesis performances. Audiences get to witness choreographers and dancers at the beginning of their careers.

What’s on: Each night offers a different mix of thesis projects.

When: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University.

Tickets: Free. 919-684-4444 or


The Buzz: This Irish company blends dance and theater into energetic, laugh-filled performances set in everyday locations, from street corner to supermarket.

What’s on: U.S. premiere of “Where did it all go right?” This honest and hilarious look at the odd-ball characters often met in a bar or pub setting is intimately performed among audiences members at tables.

When: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday through July 21.

Where: Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham.

Tickets: $15. 919-684-4444 or

Trisha Brown Dance Company

The Buzz: Brown’s focus for 50 years has been the ripple effect of small movements on the rest of the body, creating sensuous accumulations of natural gestures.

What’s on: “Set and Reset,” a flowing collage of arm swings and knee dips; “If you couldn’t see me,” a solo with the dancer’s back to the audience; “I’m going to throw my arms – if you catch them they’re yours,” a piece in which dancers respond to wind from giant fans.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Where: Durham Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: $40-$48. 919-680-2787 or

More info: 919-684-6402 or


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