Today, the world-renowned American Dance Festival announced the lineup for its eighty-sixth season, which runs at five venues in Durham throughout June and July. It features almost forty performances from twenty-five companies and choreographers, including three world premieres, two of them ADF commissions—by returning favorite Eiko and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble—and one by a local duo, Culture Mill’s Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan.

The season is dedicated to modern dance titan Paul Taylor, who died shortly after ADF last year, and whose main company will present two programs of Taylor classics while his second company features in the ICONS program, which also includes works by Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham.  

Other notable highlights: the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Beatles-based Pepperland, an ADF co-commission; the ADF main-stage debuts of Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company and Chapel Hill-bred tap star Michelle Dorrance; the first ADF appearance by street-dance visionary Rennie Harris since 2001; and the inevitable return of crowd-pleasing Pilobolus.

Check out the full lineup on ADF’s website and start planning your summer before April 30, when tickets go on sale.