This week at the American Dance Festival: Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler, Pilobolus

CorrespondentJune 21, 2014 

In “13 Love Songs: dot, dot, dot,” Ishmael Houston-Jones and Emily Wexler explore the corrosive nature of pop love songs.


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

Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler

Why go: Two award-winning dance artists find common ground across the divides of their ages, races and genders.

What’s on: “13 Love Songs: dot, dot, dot,” an exploration of the corrosive nature of pop love songs. The pair uses texts, props and singing to enhance the physicalizing of the lyrics’ hidden meanings.

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

Where: PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham

Tickets: $16.25.

Info: 919-684-4444 or


Why go: One of ADF’s most popular companies, Pilobolus returns year after year to present works combining astonishing, humorous gymnastics with mysterious, beautiful visions.

What’s on: Two new works – “On the Nature of Things,” about the connection between desire and shame, and “The Inconsistent Pedaler,” an absurdist world created in collaboration with Israeli writers Etgar Keret and Shira Green. Returning favorites include “Megawatt” and “Skyscrapers.”

When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; (children’s matinee: 1 p.m. Saturday).

Where: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham

Tickets: $19.25-$58 ($16 children’s matinee).

Info: 919-680-2787 or

More info: 919-684-6402 or


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