Austin Dance Festival, 2017.
Kate Warren, "Circuitous Dance." Photo by Brett Buchanan.
Austin Dance Festival, 2017.
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Austin Dance Festival presents modern dance showcases by professional local, state-wide, national and international artists in the heart of downtown Austin. During the three-day festival, take a Master Class, watch Dance on Film, participate in a Community Pop-Up Dance, listen to Artist Interviews, and check out our next generation of dancers in the Youth Edition Concert. Times and locations vary, so check out the schedule below. Tickets to all events will be sold through the festival’s Eventbrite page.
“Contemporary Dance: Full-Bodied Explorations”
1:30-3:00, Café Dance, 3307-B Hancock Drive, Austin
In a class set to upbeat music, Josh explores contemporary movement that encourages usage of the full body/mind. The class culminates with a portion of repertoire from “Monologue” which will be performed in Saturday’sprofessional showcase.
8:00pm, Ballet Austin’s City View Lounge, 501 W. 3rd, Austin
Sometimes choreography and cinematography like to jam in this wonderful genre of art we like to call dance film. This year, Austin Dance Festival is thrilled to present “Dance on Film,” the first installation of a dance film screening and sharing which will kick off the weekend of modern dance celebration. If you’re looking to treat your eyes, join us downtown to see a handful of selected works by movers and filmmakers nationwide!
Austin Dance Festival presents 20 modern dance companies and independent choreographers in two completely different shows: 5pm and 8pm at AustinVentures Studio Theater in the Ballet Austin building, 501 W. 3rd. There are no repeat performances, so stay for both concerts! Between shows, we’ll be in the theater preparing for the next one. Here’s what you can do while we get ready for you:
The Youth Edition Concert gives student dancers ages 13-18 from Austin and beyond a special opportunity to present their work in a professional, non-competitive setting. See our next generation at work! 4pm at AustinVentures Studio Theater in the Ballet Austin building, 501 W. 3rd.
Program One 5pm
San Antonio, TX
Program Two 8pm
Dallas and Houston, TX
New York, NY
Round Rock, TX
DAVEN DOWSE PART 1
DIVIDE ET IMPERA
San Marcos, TX
NO MORE BEAUTIFUL DANCES
I THINK I KNOW WHERE I STAND
Fort Worth, TX
STRONG MOVES SLOW
DREAMSCAPE II: WOODEN ROOM
THE SOLO SERIES | PART 1: NUREMBERG
What kind of dances am I going to see?
Our festival presents contemporary modern works. Since each dance reflects what is important to that particular choreographer, our programming is incredibly diverse. Look for expression, meaning, abstraction, virtuosity, minimalism, humor, gravity, grace, design, experimentation, movement invention, and more.
What is the theater like? Do I need to bring my opera glasses?
We want our audience members to be close to the action and to enjoy great sightlines, so we present our showcases at AustinVentures Studio Theater. It seats about 300 people, so no matter where you sit you’ll be super close to the dancers. Plus, the seats are on risers so you won’t miss any of the action.
Are the two professional showcases the same?
Nope. There are no repeat performances. To see all the festival artists, you’ll need to see both concerts.
How do you select the artists?
Artists from all over the world submit videos of their work to panelists who adjudicate the work. We typically receive more submissions than we can possibly present, so a small team of curators has to winnow them down to four hours of diverse works. It is hard to turn away many excellent dances, but we look forward to having another opportunity to present them in the future.
Can I bring my family?
Yes, absolutely! You might also consider bringing young children to the Youth Edition Concert to see our pre-professional companies. These dances are typically shorter and perhaps better suited to young audiences than our two-hour professional showcases.
What else can I do at the festival?
Browse our silent auction, have a cookie, listen as Kate Warren interviews the choreographers, watch a community pop-up dance, take a master class, and see Dance on Film. The theater is located in Austin’s downtown arts district and within walking distance to museums, the new Public Library, the hike and bike trail, restaurants and shopping.
Where is AustinVentures Studio Theater, how do I get there, and, if I drive, where do I park?
DIRECTIONS TO AUSTINVENTURES STUDIO
Take either Mopac, I-35 or Lamar to Cesar Chavez. From there, turn onto San Antonio (you can only turn North onto San Antonio). AustinVentures Studio Theater is located inside the Ballet Austin Building at the corner of 3rd and San Antonio in Austin’s downtown cultural district. Use the theater entrance on 3rd Street. We’ll be waiting for you!
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RIDE YOUR BIKE
Bike racks are located at the corners of 3rd & San Antonio Streets and 3rd & Nueces.
AustinVentures Studio Theater is located near several parking garages and one surface lot. Metered street parking is also available. There is ample parking around the theater, but downtown Austin is hopping on the weekends, so do give yourself plenty of time to wend your way through the streets, garages and lots.
TAKE THE BUS
The nearest Capital Metro stop is at 2nd and San Antonio, but many stops on Congress Avenue (north of the river) are also within walking distance.
ADA COMPLIANCE POLICY
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company will provide reasonable modifications and equal access to communications by request. Please provide two weeks advance notice if you require accommodations. Contact: email@example.com or 512-934-1082.
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