Welcome to the blog. Look, fair warning at the front: This is going to be an experiment.

We’re all about to find out what happens when multiple voices (including, hopefully, yours) and views (of our photographer and documentary videographeras well as any artists out there working with dance and video or film) are given a public forum to respond toand possibly initiatesome of the latest developments at the American Dance Festival.

Tomorrow on the site? ‘Being that unidentified flying object is a pain in the ass”the complete text of our interview with choreographer Martha Clarke.

Now, riffing on our story in this week’s Indy, here’s a convenient chart that makes the case for déjà vu in this year’s festival programming: Hey, haven’t I seen you somewhere before?

‘Wait a minutehaven’t I seen you somewhere before?”

A number of this summer’s dance works should look familiar to ADF aficionados: They’ve been staged here before. (Some received their world premiere in Durham.) These 16 works should give sharp observers more than a moment’s sense of dèjá vu:



2007 Date

Previous Date

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Martha Clarke

June 7-9

Played here in 1985, after rocking New York off-Broadway the year before.

Planetary Dance

Anna Halprin

June 10

An early, indoor version called Circle the Earth, in 1986


African American Dance Ensemble

June 12-13

Seen here in 1984


African American Dance Ensemble

June 12-13

First performed at ADF in 1999


Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theater

June 14-16

World premiere of shorter version as A Little Bit of Nostalgia at ADF’s 2004 International Choreographer Commissioning Program concert



June 21-23

Seen here in 2000. And 1998. And 1996.

And 1995, 1992, 1991, 1986, and 1978. (And at Connecticut College, the old ADF, in 1974.)

Megawatt (15 minute version)


June 21-23

Performed in 2004 and 2005.


Eiko & Koma

June 25-27

First performed at ADF in 1984.


Shen Wei Dance Arts

July 1-3

The ‘swollen head” piece bowed here in 2000.

The Rite of Spring

Shen Wei Dance Arts

July 1-3

Two, not one, ADF world premieres for this stunning work: Part I in 2002, Part II in 2003.

The Stab

Susana Tambutti

July 8-10

This manic, comic solo has played here 1989, 1992 and 1996.

Arden Court

Paul Taylor Dance Company

July 12-14

This sunny ensemble piece has played Page Auditorium seven times since 1981.


Paul Taylor Dance Company

July 12-14

Somebody in programming must really like this one. One of the most frequently repeated works at ADF, Esplanade has been performed at nine festivals since 1978.

How Long Brethren?

Helen Tamiris

July 16-18

Tamiris’ 1937 setting of old African American protest songs was last seen here in 1993.

Sky Light

Laura Dean

July 16-18

Dean’s dervish and African dance fusion was staged in 1993 as well.

Grand Duo

Mark Morris Dance Group

July 19-21

We saw this witty illustration of Lou Harrison’s dramatic music in 1996 and 2000.