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2016 Performances & Events

Dance Photo Exhibit by Arthur Fink

Friday, July 1
Fireplace Lounge, Bates Commons
9am-6pm daily until Aug. 6

Peaks Island photographer, Arthur Fink, has a passion for dance. For the last nine summers he has spent time photographing dancers at the Festival. His stunning and revealing images capture the dancers at work — warming up, taking class and rehearsing. Included are images of the acclaimed artists-in-residence.



Saturday, July 9
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$20 / $15 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

DanceNOW features fresh voices from a new generation of contemporary dance makers. Come be delighted and surprised!

Show & Tell: Dorrance Dance

Tuesday, July 12
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Tap innovator Michelle Dorrance breaks it down with a brief history of tap dance in America.


Dorrance Dance

Thursday & Saturday, July 14 & 16
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$28 / $20 / $14 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

Michelle Dorrance brings her groundbreaking interpretation of tap — paying homage to tradition while adding an innovative contemporary twist.

Pre-performance lecture:  Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash, Sat, July 16, 7 p.m.

The Inspiration of Abstraction

A Portland Preview Event

Friday, July 15
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA, 522 Congress St. Portland, 7:00 p.m.

Doug Varone and Dancers team up with abstract painter and MECA faculty member Michel Droge for a look at the inspired work of painter Joan Mitchell through dance, imagery, and dialogue. A special presentation co-sponsored with Maine College of Art.


Show & Tell: Doug Varone and Dancers

Tuesday, July 19
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Master choreographer Doug Varone opens up the lens on his creative process.


Doug  Varone and Dancers

Friday & Saturday, July 22 & 23
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$25 / $18 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

The virtuosic company of Doug Varone and Dancers returns with three stunning works.

Pre-performance lecture: Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash, Sat, July 23, 7 p.m.

Show & Tell: Kate Weare Company

Tuesday, July 26
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Kate Weare unravels her deep investigation of human motivation through dance.


Moving in the Moment

Wednesday, July 27
Alumni Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.

An evening of improvisational dance and music by contact improvisers Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser and over 20 festival faculty and musicians.


Kate Weare Company

Friday & Saturday, July 29 & 30
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$25/$18/$12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

Weare returns with two new works “Dark Lark” and “Marksman,” delving deeply into the magnetic energy between dancers.

Pre-performance lecture: Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash, Sat., July 30, 7 p.m.

Musicians’ Concert

Tuesday, August 2
Franco-American Heritage Center 7:30 p.m.
$15/$10/$7 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

A festival favorite, this eclectic concert features gifted composers and multi-instrumentalists playing original and improvised music from around the world.

Different Voices

Thursday & Friday, August 4 & 5
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$25/$18/$12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

Celebrating dance in all its diversity, this eclectic evening of new works puts the Festival faculty and emerging choreographers talent on display.

Young Choreographers / New Works

Saturday, Aug. 6
Schaeffer Theatre, 1-5 p.m.

This informal adjudicated showing features more than 20 new works by talented festival students. Audience members are invited to come and go throughout the afternoon.


Festival Finale

Saturday, August 6
Alumni Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
$6 (cash sales at the door only)

Festival students showcase their exceptional talent in new works by choreographers Doug Varone, Kate Weare, Autumn Eckman and Marianela Boan, plus a production by our Youth Arts Program participants.

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