Why go: The annual “Footprints” program is one of the most eagerly anticipated ADF presentations. World premiere commissions by established choreographers are performed by the best of the ADF summer students. It never fails to offer an energetic, spirited and engaging evening.
What’s on: New works from Minnesota-based Wynn Fricke, Brooklyn’s Anna Sperber and Soweto-born Gregory Maqoma, whose ADF debut last year brought cheers from audiences and critics alike.
When: 8 p.m. July 21-23
Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, 125 Science Drive, Durham
Info: 919-684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu
Doug Varone and Dancers
Why go: Varone’s dances are known for their versatility, kinetic energy and human spirit. Now in its 28th year, his company has performed in 45 U.S. states and in cities across four continents.
What’s on: Varone’s commissioned premiere, “ReComposed,” is inspired by the explosive pastel drawings by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell.
The program also includes Varone’s memories-based solo, “The Fabulist” (2014), and the exultant, celebratory “Lux” (2006).
When: 8 p.m. July 24; 7 p.m. July 25 (children’s matinee: 1 p.m. July 25)
Where: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham
Tickets: $19.25-$46 (children’s matinee: $16)
Info: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com
ADF season info: 919-684-6402 or americandancefestival.org
Roy C. Dicks