Why go: Founded in 2007, this Los Angeles-based company has quickly gained acclaim for its accessible, joyous and inspiring performances, created by a range of contemporary dance makers.
What’s on: Barak Marshall’s “And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square…” (a dark comedy based on a Yemen family’s jealousy), Victor Quijada’s “Once Again, Before You Go” (a blend of ballet and breakdancing), and Richard Siegal’s “O2Joy” (a high-energy romp to American jazz).
When: 8 p.m. June14-16
Where: Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, 125 Science Drive
Info: 919-684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu
Why go: One of ADF’s most popular companies, Pilobolus returns year after year to present works combining astonishing, humorous gymnastics with mysterious, beautiful body combinations.
What’s on: The premiere of “Thresh/Hold,” a collaboration with Venezuelan choreographer Javier de Frutos about confronting lost love; “Sweet Purgatory,” exploring a post-apocalyptic world with determined hope; “Day Two,” a mesmerizing look at the dawn of creation, from lowly life forms to those that can fly.
When: 8 p.m. June 18-19; 7 p.m. June 20 (children’s matinee: 1 p.m. June 20)
Where: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham
Tickets: $19.25-$58 ($16 children’s matinee)
Info: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com
ADF season info: 919-684-6402 or americandancefestival.org