The Dance Program's Backstage Series, SLIPPAGE, Ballet Forward, Duke Performances, and others, bring inspirational and talented individuals and companies to Duke to work with faculty and students in creative collaboration. Download an edited list of past Artists, 2010-2016, here.
Please refer to the Upcoming Events page for the most up to date listings.
Sep 25, 2018 to Apr 23, 2021
Duke University and American Ballet Theatre begin a three-year partnership in 2018/2019.
Nov 18, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019
What does it mean to improvise? What does it mean to do science?
Nov 13, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019
...feeling — its emotional and kinetic weight — underlies King’s choreographic vision.
Nov 7, 2019 to Nov 9, 2019
Can dancing in natural settings serve to generate theoretical insights into the human relationship with the earth?
Oct 18, 2019
... scholarly work currently centers on the ethics and effectiveness of political concert dance, ecstatic states cultivated in Appalachian charismatic Pentecostalism, the relationship between Pragmatist philosophy, embodiment, and interdisciplinary performance research...
Sep 26, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019
Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay, has been making work in NYC and Uruguay independently and collaboratively since 1999
Sep 18, 2019 to Sep 20, 2019
...seeks to refigure athletics through the lens of dance, urging us to reimagine how we think about sports, economics, and even politics through the lens of martial arts.
Mar 22, 2019 to Apr 20, 2019
Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom masterclass series, "a laboratory to research how we can apply Cunningham principles to our own movement interests"
Mar 25, 2019 to Mar 26, 2019
Her research examines Asian American dance and performances of non-normative bodies in the context of empire, and shifting terms of race, gender and citizenship with specific attention to dance in the context of Japanese American wartime incarceration.
Nov 6, 2018 to Mar 2, 2019
... her company will participate in dance classes, public conversations, and visits to local high schools — providing Duke and Durham an opportunity to engage with an artist working at the vanguard of American dance.
Feb 20, 2019 to Feb 27, 2019
...continues a full and ongoing process of discovery, transition and transformation, by constantly reinvestigating and reinterpreting the power of dance...
Nov 16, 2018 to Nov 17, 2018
A 2016 graduate of Duke, Maurice will be performing in November Dances 2018. He is currently a member of the Seán Curran Company.
Oct 23, 2018 to Oct 25, 2018
Faculty at the UNC-School of the Arts, an Alvin Ailey 2015-16 New Directions Choreographer, a former dancer with Ron K. Brown/Evidence and currently with Camille A. Brown & Dancers...
Oct 15, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018
Internationally acclaimed contemporary dance artist, celebrated particularly for her work as a Principal Dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company
Sep 21, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018
Their collaboration offers a fascinating dialogue between the spectacular dance traditions and distinctive movement vocabularies of India and Sri Lanka.
Sep 18, 2018 to Sep 19, 2018
...specializes in the multidisciplinary field of Caribbean Cultural Studies with a focus on Cuba and Haiti
Apr 13, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018
... creates works that draw on inherent themes of the human experience, reimagining archetypal relationships through compositional innovation
Apr 9, 2018 to Apr 10, 2018
Whether with an individual or group, my goal is to help build robust skills and a flexible mindset in conflict through coaching, mediation, facilitations, talks, workshops and public dialogue.
Mar 27, 2018 to Mar 30, 2018
I love moving to music. I always have. For me, it’s like seeing the music.
Mar 19, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018
The mission of Dance Heginbotham is to move people through dance.
Feb 26, 2018
dedicated to reaching new audiences with a powerful message of self-reliance, artistic relevance and individual responsibility
Feb 24, 2018
She is a healing justice worker, trauma therapist, community-based yoga teacher, language justice advocate, and social justice warrior
Feb 14, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018
"Afro-Feminist Performance Routes" initiative convenes a cohort of women dance artists of the African Diaspora who navigate interrelated processes of movement, migration, and memory in their work, through participatory work- shops, conversation and performance.
Feb 15, 2018
CANE suggests possibilities of shimmering mediated histories mixed in real-time via a specially-constructed responsive environment
Feb 1, 2018 to Feb 3, 2018
...their dance set to robotically generated mechanical music explores the intersection of industry and art, artificial intelligence and the human body
Jan 20, 2018
His work marries the best elements of classical form with the freedom and expressiveness of modern dance… The overall feeling for the observer is one of exhilaration and awakening.
Nov 6, 2017 to Nov 13, 2017
"Riley is not just a great teacher - he is one of the most skilled, talented and celebrated contemporary dancers around. If you are a serious dance student at Duke you just wouldn’t want to miss this guy!" Michael Kliën
Nov 3, 2017 to Nov 5, 2017
Dance Program Alum and Featured DEMAN Weekend 2017 Presenter
Oct 3, 2017 to Oct 7, 2017
I desire to create something that will be inherently dangerous for both of us as artists
Sep 11, 2017
Dance as a very simple but powerful tool for communication, awareness, and peace.
Apr 20, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017
Lecture: "Dance, Body, and the Possibility of Critique"
Apr 17, 2017 to Apr 19, 2017
Cultural activist, contemporary dance dramaturge and director of the Institute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt, Germany
Apr 11, 2017
Focusing on the role of dance and music for the identity construction of historically oppressed groups
Mar 3, 2017
Dance Performance: "Regalia: Plantation Lullabies of Royalty"
Feb 20, 2017 to Feb 25, 2017
“You get the feeling that they could dance just about any genre with jaw-dropping style. Which makes their unique expression of Cuban culture in all its profound and complex glory all the more special.”
—NOW Magazine Toronto
Feb 23, 2017 to Feb 24, 2017
Gabrielle Lamb is that too-rare creature: the female ballet choreographer. (Village Voice)
Feb 14, 2017
looks at the establishment of modern dance as a high art concert dance form alongside the emergence of Asian American respectability politics
Jan 31, 2017
This Da Good Part is a three channel film installation and the third element of the umbrella project Five on the Black Hand Side.
Nov 22, 2016
Brown combines her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and passion for teaching to create works that redefine the art of dance and the structure of the field
Nov 14, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016
As a choreographer, performer, and teacher, I strive to engage people in a way that moves them in every sense of the word
Nov 11, 2016
I have spent most of my life trying to balance my two loves: dance and education
Oct 30, 2016
will be bring 35 years of experience in Afro-Brazilian culture to North Carolina with workshops in capoeira angola, percussion, and maculelê
Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 23, 2016
Intensive/workshop with former company members Ming-Lung Yang & Samuel Wentz, and more!
Sep 27, 2016 to Sep 30, 2016
...diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.
Sep 28, 2016
I dance to put intuition in conversation with thought.
Sep 6, 2016 to Sep 20, 2016
Bill T. Jones dancer Shayla-Vie Jenkins is a collection of opposites: majestic yet modest, poised yet relaxed, explosive yet contained
Apr 23, 2016
site-specific dance installation by Tyler Walters
Mar 23, 2016 to Mar 26, 2016
Pushing the boundaries of what flamenco can be and say in the contemporary world.
Feb 16, 2016 to Feb 21, 2016
brings buried rhythms to the surface in swaths of luscious yet intricate movement
Feb 12, 2016 to Feb 14, 2016
the universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures
Feb 3, 2016 to Feb 6, 2016
Transparent and in balance with tradition, Belén has perfected her technique and expression to become the best female flamenco dancer in Spain
Nov 10, 2015 to Nov 12, 2015
"He is a storyteller and that’s interesting for us." - Melanie Person, co-director of The Ailey School
Nov 6, 2015
Her works are rooted in the idea that art is the tool necessary to forward the dialogue surrounding social injustice and change
Oct 23, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015
the most respected — and the most brilliant — hip-hop choreographer in America
Oct 14, 2015 to Oct 15, 2015
Ngoma involves people coming together in rhythmic music and dance to address “difficult issues”, often related to health or life transitions.
Sep 26, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
two talents with a bright future who have started down a new path.
Apr 20, 2015 to Apr 22, 2015
he continues traditions of exceptional training, and mentoring the nation’s next generation of dancers
Apr 15, 2015 to Apr 17, 2015
At 16, she was handpicked by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet.
Apr 11, 2015
redefine the body in Media in less simplistic ways than is usual ... counteracting technology’s increasing tendency to dampen differences
Feb 16, 2015 to Feb 21, 2015
Brown fuses the form and rhythm of African dance with contemporary choreography
Jan 29, 2015
Create and present art that reflects the importance of being human through projects that examine contemporary and historical dynamics of gender, identity and culture.
Jan 20, 2015 to Jan 22, 2015
the company “performed with a burnished grace, a selfless concentration, and a depth that reflected their intensive training.” The New York Times
Nov 6, 2014 to Nov 8, 2014
Classic hip-hop moves are visible, yet they have been stretched and shaped into something new
Nov 5, 2014 to Nov 7, 2014
....the role that yogic philosophy and practice can play in healing personal and systemic trauma created through racial and social inequality.
Oct 1, 2014 to Oct 4, 2014
They delight in the energy that is sparked when diverse learners from the arts and sciences "mix it up"
Sep 25, 2014 to Sep 26, 2014
...movement that seems effortless even when it requires great strength, and control.
Apr 10, 2014
...focus on religious and spiritual influences in Kokanko's repertoire
Apr 3, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014
... accessing the inner logic and unfolding mechanisms ...
Jan 26, 2014 to Feb 8, 2014
explore the cultural influences of the African Diaspora and women's experiences.
Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
As an artist I strive to make technology (if used) an essential inseparable tool — but still to be fundamentally a tool for exploration rather than a means in itself.
Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
When I create new work and share it with people I open up a dialogue and build a community around different issues.
Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Ms. Wideman-Davis, has been noted by New York Dance Fax as “distinctive for the power of her secure pointe work and her personality.”
Nov 24, 2013
Katya has been practicing capoeira, the dynamic Afro-Brazilian fight/dance/game, for move than 20 years
Nov 13, 2013 to Nov 14, 2013
People Get Ready plays kinetic rock to fuse music and dance as a total artistic experience.
Nov 7, 2013 to Nov 8, 2013
Master teacher Blanco engaged in scholarly panels and discussions, music and dance workshops and multimedia events.