Celebrating a Visionary

A Season of Events Honoring Julie Adams Strandberg

In celebration of ADLI co-founder Julie Adams Strandberg's 75th birthday, ADLI launches into the spring with four events.

Providence, RI - March 15-18
exhibits highlighting Julie's career, workshops, performances
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New York, NY - April 1
workshop, performance, tributes, and a reception for Julie
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Brown Festival of Dance
Providence, RI - May 4-7
Dancing Legacy (ADLI's repertory company)
performs Julie's work, "Closer to the Light,"
with Brown University students

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Brown Commencement Events
Providence, RI - May 27
Alumni master class with Julie and Commencement Dance Concert
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Date: Wednesday March 15 - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Location: Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI
(Angell Street between Thayer & Brown Streets)

Friday March 17 - 8:00 pm
Saturday March 18 - 8:00 pm
Granoff Studio One
Tickets: $15 General / $5 Students/Youth
Online sales closed. Buy tickets at the door!

Join our welcoming, innovative community for a performance of engaging, eclectic, and enjoyable dancing! Mini-Fest Concert 2017 celebrates ADLI co-founder Julie Adams Strandberg with her own choreography and choreography of former students and colleagues, including local choreographers Meghan Carmichael and Deb Meunier. Anchoring the program is Dancing Legacy, the performing and teaching ensemble of American Dance Legacy Initiative, in works covering four decades of American dance. The Mini-Fest Concert also features Dance Extension, Brown University’s modern repertory company.


Saturday March 18th - Granoff Studio One
RESERVE A SPOT (in any/all parts of the workshop)

A hallmark of Julie Adams Strandberg's philosophy is her belief that American modern dance repertory should be studied and experienced by all and recognized on par with its sister arts. Come participate in any aspect of this three-part workshop to get to know the style and perspective of contemporary choreographer Robert Battle!

Part I: Take Class with Erika Pujič
12:00pm - $10 (cash at door) / Free with Brown or RISD ID
Open to all levels, but some dance background is assumed

Erika Pujič is a nationally recognized master teacher who has been staging  Robert Battle's choreography for over twenty years. While students at Juilliard, Pujič and Battle began collaborating and Pujič helped Battle realize his choreographic voice. While Battle’s own organic way of moving is lyrical and lush, he found the compact, feisty, intense Pujič fascinating. Pujič’s hard-hitting, percussive attack became a defining feature of Battle’s choreographic style.


Part II: Learn Robert Battle's Choreography
1:00pm - Free
Open to all levels, including non-dancers

Erika Pujič will continue from the class and teach the original steps from Robert Battle's dances, while Rachel Balaban, Brown University adjunct lecturer, will teach an adapted version of the choreography that you can do seated in a chair! Enjoy the rare opportunity to learn excerpts from a dance that you will witness in part 3, the informal showing.


Part III: See an Informal Performance
2:00pm - Free

Experience Robert Battle's choreography performed by a range of populations: members of ADLI’s company, Dancing Legacy, students from Brown University and Central Falls High School, and dancers with Parkinson’s Disease.

You can join in the workshop starting with Parts I, II, or III!
Spectators welcome at all times.


Wednesday-Thursday March 15th-16th - 10am-4pm
Friday-Saturday March 17th-18th - 10am-10pm
Granoff Living Room Galleries
Free and Open to the Public

The Celebrating a Visionary exhibit reflects on a remarkable career through photographs, videos, artifacts, and text. Tracing different eras grouped thematically, the exhibit connects Julie's overall vision and philosophy to their manifestation with American Dance Legacy Initiative.


Date: Saturday April 1, 2017
Location: New York, NY

12:00 pm-2:00pm
Gibney Dance 890 Broadway - Studio One
Fee: $17

ADLI Co-Founder Julie Adams Strandberg will lead a master class, including an excerpt from her choreography that will be performed in the evening program.


7:30 pm
Paul Taylor Studios 551 Grand Street
Tickets: $20 General / $10 Students/Youth

Join us for a festive evening honoring Julie Adams Strandberg with a varied mix of dance interspersed with reflections and tributes offered by former students and colleagues. ADLI's company, Dancing Legacy will be featured alongside Dance Extension, Brown University’s modern repertory company founded by Julie in 1980, and NYC-based dance artists. The program includes Julie's 1992 Closer to the Light performed with live solo cello and works by Ruth Andrien, Ephrat Asherie, Marisa f. Ballaro, Robert Battle, Lauren Hale Biniaris, Danny Buraczeski, Deborah Friedes Galili after Sophie Maslow, Jessica Gaynor, and Danny Grossman.


Date: Thursday May 4 - Sunday May 7, 2017
Location: Stuart Theater, Providence, RI (Waterman at Brown Street)
Price: $15 General / $12 Seniors / $7 Students - Buy Tickets Now

As part of Brown University's annual spring dance concert, Dancing Legacy (ADLI's repertory company) will perform Julie's work, Closer to the Light, with Brown University students.


Date: Saturday May 27, 2017
Location: Brown University Campus, Providence, RI

Activities include Julie's annual alumni master class and the Commencement Dance Concert. More details coming soon...