Dance: Synthesizer Chic in North Carolina

But what ever happened to intimacy and grace?

Since its beginnings in 1934 at Bennington College in Vermont, the American Dance Festival has been a movable summer proving ground for modern choreography. Early Greats Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, for instance, welcomed the summer respite from battling ballet in New York City to present new works in sympathetic surroundings. At one point, they also welcomed the opportunity to snub each other: they led their companies to opposite sides of the school cafeteria. But in the decades that followed, the rivalries waned. The festival has nurtured...

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