American Dance Festival

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Annual programme of modern dance classes and performances founded by Martha Hill, which from 1948 was given annually at the end of the summer term of the Connecticut College School of Dance. Many major works were premiered there, including Graham's Diversion of Angels (as Wilderness Star, 1948), Limón's The Moor's Pavane (1949) and A Choreographic Offering (1964), Humphrey's Night Spell (1951) and Ruins and Visions (1953), Nikolais's Kaleidoscope (1956), Cunningham's Antic Meet (1958) and Scramble (1967), Lang's Shirah (1960), P. Taylor's Insects and Heroes (1961), and Tharp's Medley (1969). In 1978 the ADF was relocated to Durham, N. Carolina, and in 1984 it set up the International Choreographers Workshop. The increasingly international trend of the festival's programmes (which have introduced much new European and Japanese dance to the US) has also been reflected in the International Linkages Program, set up in the late 1980s to facilitate exchanges with foreign teachers. Since the 1980s it has also sponsored several historical projects, such as the Black Tradition in American Modern Dance Project, founded in 1987 under the direction of Gerald Myers to preserve classic works by African‐American choreographers.

Subjects: Dance.

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