Ballet Preljocaj Founder To Be Honored With Samuel H. Scripps/ADF Award

“Empty moves Excerpt”

[Durham, NC] – Ballet Preljocaj returns to ADF with the US premiere of Empty moves (parts I, II, and III) July 11 & 12, 8:00pm at Durham Performing Arts Center. Immediately prior to Ballet Preljocaj’s performance on Friday, July 11, Angelin Preljocaj will be presented with the 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement. The internationally renowned ADF Faculty will present work on July 13, 2:00pm and 8:00pm at Reynolds Industries Theater. The 19th annual International Screendance Festival continues with its third Saturday screening at the Nasher Museum of Art on July 12 at 2:00pm, and FREE children’s community movement classes and Festival Tours complete the week.

Ballet Preljocaj
Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12 at 8:00pm
Durham Performing Arts Center

The 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement recipient, Angelin Preljocaj, brings his company, Ballet Preljocaj, to DPAC to perform Empty moves (parts I, II, and III). Empty moves is composed of actions and movements inspired by the words and phonemes read by John Cage at the Teatro Lirico in Milan, recorded live on December 2, 1977. The notion of the alienation effect, of the disintegration of the movement, and of a new manner of choreographic phrasing takes precedence over their meaning and essence. Through these means this dance work connects with text by Henry David Thoreau, which was John Cage’s starting point. This is the US premiere of part III and the US premiere of all three parts performed together on one program. Mr. Preljocaj will be presented with his award immediately prior to the performance on Friday, July 11.


The 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/ADF Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj by the Executive Director of The Joyce Theater, Linda Shelton, July 11th at 8:00pm prior to the Ballet Preljocaj performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The award carries a $50,000 prize and is given yearly to a choreographer who has made a significant contribution to the field of modern dance.


Faculty Concert
Sunday, July 13 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
FREE for subscribers!
Each year, ADF’s internationally renowned faculty share their remarkable talent, skill, and creativity with over 400 students. The faculty will present a concert of their own exhilarating choreography, performed by ADF students and faculty themselves.
Same program for both performances.

Children’s Community Movement Classes
Free and open to the public!
Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh
Hip Hop classon Saturday, July 12, 1:00-2:00pm
The ADF faculty bring their talent and energy to Marbles Kids Museum this week! Bring the kids and experience the joy of movement and music.

International Screendance Festival
Saturdays (June 28, July 5, July 12, and July 19) at 2:00pm
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Free and open to the public!
Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival features films, chosen by an international panel of judges, that explore the place where cinematography and dance merge. Audiences have the opportunity to see numerous films over consecutive Saturdays that have been specially chosen to represent the best of this film genre.

For additional information about ADF performances, free community outreach activities, or the ADF School, please visit

[Photo of Ballet Preljocaj by JC Carbonne]


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