This week at the American Dance Festival

CorrespondentJune 28, 2014 

Adele Myers and Dancers will perform “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” a piece inspired by the great physicist.

IVAN SINGER — CHRISTOPHER DUGGAN

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

Adele Myers and Dancers

Why go: Myers uses her all-female company to explore dancers as human beings in situations ranging from joy to pain to alienation.

What’s on: “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” a piece inspired by the great physicist’s own experiment to find his happiest state of mind. Employing stepladders and rope, the dancers balance, leap and pose, while projected videos and a highly rhythmic score underline the movements.

When: 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday

Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan University Center, Duke University, 125 Science Drive.

Tickets: $27

Info: 919-684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Why go: The company has made a name for itself by inviting choreographers from around the world to create new work that fuses the athleticism of modern dance with the discipline of classical ballet.

What’s on: “Violet Kid,” Hofesh Shechter’s pulsating dark world of conforming crowds straining to find peace; “Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue,” Crystal Pite’s dramatically lighted pairings playing out variations of being rescued; “Ida ?,” a world premiere from Emanuel Gat questioning group behaviors and how individuals deal with them.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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

Tickets: $19.25-$55.75

Info: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com

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

Dicks: music_theater@lycos.com

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