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ADG brings forward the gems of historic and contemporary modern dance, showcasing over 35 choreographers in its annual festival.

The American Dance Guild brings forward the gems of historic and contemporary modern dance, showcasing over 35 choreographers in its annual festival.

The American Dance Guild Performance Festival will take place September 6-9, 2012 at the terrific Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
Since its inception in 1956, the ADG has supported choreographers, performers, dance writers, historians and educators through groundbreaking conferences, publications and events, steadfastly maintaining its mission of promoting Modern Dance as an Art Form.
This year, as we celebrate the aesthetic diversity of 35 participating contemporary artists/companies, the Guild will honor two living legends of modern dance, Elaine Summers and Dianne McIntyre, with performances of their work and a Gala reception at the theater after opening night  on Thursday Sept. 6.
Elaine Summers has been an innovator since the 60’s as a choreographer, filmmaker and teacher of Kinetic Awareness™, her original approach to bodywork. She was an early member of the Judson Dance Theatre and founded Experimental Intermedia as a base for her interdisciplinary dance/film performances. Ms. Summers will present “Windows in the Kitchen,” a 1976 intermedia work with Douglas Dunn performing live alongside Matt Turney on film, and live music by Jon Gibson.
Dianne McIntyre has been an inspirational force in modern dance for four decades, as a performer, choreographer, and teacher through work for stage, film and television, receiving numerous awards. She has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to name only a few. Ms. McIntyre will present “Life’s Force,”  a signature work of dance and live music, bringing back together members of her first New York company “Sounds in Motion” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Special features of the festival include:  
John Pennington (of Lewitzky and Horton lineage) will perform a newly reconstructed “Dances Before God “ of Harald Kreutzberg, the legendary German dancer whose performance galvanized both Jose Limon and Erick Hawkins (by their own reports) to pursue professional dancing; -- Molissa Fenley presents her duet “100 Vessels” to music of Phillip Glass; Joseph Mills presents his acclaimed “Circle Walker,” moving inside a spherical sculpture.   And many, many more!

Other featured choreographers include:
Other participating artists include: Kyla Barkin, Peggy Choy, Shani Collins-Achille, Molissa Fenley, Betsy Fisher, Kaoru Ikeda, Andrew Jannetti, Allison Jones, Erin LaSala, Rebecca McArthur, Sarah Mettin, Joseph Mills, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, John Pennington, Dawn Robinson, Sasha Spielvogel/Labyrinth Dance, Jenny Showalter, Maxine Steinman, Laurie Taylor, Hee Ra Yoo, Kathy Wildberger, Tina Croll, Sue Bernard, Gloria McLean, Sarah Stackhouse, Nancy Zendora, Joan Gavaler, Mary Seidman, Joe Celij, Claudia Gitelman, Philein Wang, and Marta Renzi.

What makes us distinctive from other festivals is the mixture of old and new.

We hope to raise $10,000 to support costs of:

  • Renting the Ailey Citigroup Theater
  • Supporting our technical staff
  • Providing honorariums for our two featured legendary guest artists

Any donation, large or small, will help us reach our $10,000 goal!

Tickets: or 1-800-838-3006, ext. #1. For info:


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    One year membership to American Dance Guild; one free ticket to festival performance of your choice; one book on the history of the American Dance Guild.

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