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2016 Performances & Events

Tickets go on sale June 1.

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.

(FREE EVENT)

DanceNOW

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.

(FREE EVENT)

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.

(FREE EVENT)

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.

(FREE EVENT)

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.

(FREE EVENT)

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.

(FREE EVENT)

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.

(FREE EVENT)

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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