ADF Pop Up Performances

Durham 150 Grantee

For the past 42 years ADF has made Durham its home and an international hub for the modern dance world to flourish. In conjunction with our annual performance season, ADF seeks opportunities for cross-community collaborations that build new alliances. As part of the 2019 performance season, and in celebration of Durham’s 150th anniversary, ADF will activate public spaces throughout Durham with pop-up performances by ADF students.

ADF will commission award-winning choreographer and North Carolina native, Mark Dendy to create choreography for the pop-up performances. Dendy has created site-specific dance performances for locations across the country and worked with ADF in 2009 – 2012 for performances at Durham’s Golden Belt, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the grand opening of ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios.

Dendy and his assistant, Kayla Farrish will work with 10 ADF scholarship students in a five-day residency to create site-adaptable choreography to perform throughout Durham and the NC Triangle. The choreography for pop-ups will total in 15 minutes of material and may be performed in excerpts or in its entirety. The material will be adapted to take place in various sites, such as baseball games, malls, retirement homes, business centers, parks, and beyond, all free and open to all on-lookers. The sites will be strategically selected by a project manager. The students will perform in 10 – 15 pop-ups per week throughout the 2019 season.

With support from the Durham 150 grant, ADF will commission a Durham-based artist to design costumes for the 10 ADF students to wear while performing in pop-ups as part of the Durham 150 celebration.

June 13, 7:15pm
ADF Opening Night-Reynolds Industries Theater
125 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708


June 19, 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Durham City Hall Lobby-City Council Meeting
101 City Hall Plaza, Durham NC 27701


June 19, 6:15pm
DPAC Lawn -Mark Morris Performance
123 Vivian Street, Durham NC 27701


June 22, 10:00am
Durham Central Park’s Farmers Market
501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701


June 23, 3:00pm
Bull McCabes
427 W Main St., Durham, NC 27701


June 27, 5:30pm
Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina-Frontier RTP Happy Hour
800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle, NC 27709


June 30, 11:45am & 1:00pm
Brightleaf Square-Clouds Brewing*

905 W Main St #22, Durham NC 27701


June 30, 3:00pm & 3:45pm
Levin Jewish Community Center

1937 W Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705


July 1, 6:00pm & during the game

Durham Bulls Athetic Park

409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701



July 4, 11:30am
Festival for the Eno*
4404 Guess Road, Durham NC 27712


July 6, 12:30pm and 1:30pm

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

2001 Campus Drive, Durham NC 27705


July 7, 2:30pm
Foster’s Market
2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham NC 27707

July 10, 12:00pm

CCB Plaza Downtown Durham
201 Corcoran St., Durham NC 27701


July 10, 7:15pm

The Carolina Theatre of Durham courtyard
309 West Morgan St., Durham NC 27701


July 19, 6:00pm
Third Friday’s Durham CCB Plaza Downtown Durham
201 Corcoran St., Durham NC 27701


Locations, dates, and times subject to change.

* These are ticketed events

Additional dates and times can be found on the ADF website.

Please check their website for an updated listing of pop up locations


Jun 13 2019 - Jul 20 2019


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