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2017 Performances & Events

Dance Photo Exhibit by Arthur Fink

Saturday, July 1
Fireplace Lounge, Bates Commons
9am-6pm daily until Aug. 5

Peaks Island photographer, Arthur Fink, has a passion for dance. For the last ten summers he has spent time photographing dancers at the Festival. This retrospective show includes stunning and revealing images of acclaimed dancers at work and on stage.


DanceNOW: Lida Winfield and Betsy Miller

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

DanceNOW showcases new work by two stunning New England-based choreographers. A night filled with heart wrenching and humorous stories and much delightful dancing.

DanceNOW: Christal Brown and INSPIRIT

Saturday, July 8
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$20 / $15 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

Brown and her fierce dancers present their acclaimed work, The Opulence of Integrity, a movement odyssey examining the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Show & Tell: David Dorfman Dance

Tuesday, July 11
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Subversive humanist, David Dorfman, shares the evolution of his latest work, Aroundtown.


David Dorfman Dance

Thursday & Saturday, July 13 & 15
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$25 / $18 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

David Dorfman Dance examines the many meanings of love in Aroundtown with his signature empathy, sly humor, and explosive physicality.

Pre-performance lecture:  Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash, Sat, July 15, 7 p.m.

Show & Tell: zoe | juniper

Tuesday, July 18
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Visceral inquisitor, Zoe Scofield and digital wizard, Juniper Shuey reveal the inspiration behind their latest creation, Clear & Sweet.


zoe | juniper

Friday & Saturday, July 21 & 22
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$25 / $18 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

The dance and design duo Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey use ballet, blindfolds and 19th-century shape-note hymns to explore themes of redemption in Clear & Sweet.

Pre-performance lecture: Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash, Sat, July 22, 7 p.m.

Musicians’ Concert

Monday, July 24
Gendron Franco Center 7:30 p.m.
$16/$12/$8 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

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

Making Mill Town: A Collaborator’s Conversation

Wednesday, July 26
Museum LA Gallery, 35 Canal St., 7:30 p.m.

Exploring the making of Mill Town, choreographer and director Stephan Koplowitz, composer Todd Reynolds, media designer Shawn Hove and producer Laura Faure share insights on the inception and evolution of this site specific performance installation. Museum L-A Gallery is featuring a show of paintings by Janice Moore and photos Mark Marchesi inspired by the mills. Refreshments served.


35th Anniversary Gala

Friday & Saturday, July 28 & 29
Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$60/$35/$27/$20 (Gala & Party/Adults/Seniors/Students)

The Festival celebrates 35 years with an unforgettable evening of new works by some of America’s most beloved dance makers.

Mill Town

Directed and choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz

Thursday & Friday, August 3 & 4
Bates Mill Complex, 8:00 p.m.
$20/$15/$12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

An immersive performance event featuring 50 dancers with live music, video and installations in and around the Bates Mill Complex.

Young Choreographers | New Works

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

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


Festival Finale

Saturday, August 5
Alumni Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
$6 (cash sales at the door only)

Festival students showcase their exceptional talent in new works by choreographers David Dorfman, Danny Buraczeski, Tania Isaac, Shakia Johnson and others, plus a production by our Youth Arts Program participants.

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