The resident performing arts producer at Duke University, Duke Performances (DP) organizes events of quality and quantity to rival any professional company in the nation. Events span all manner of musical genres (with series focusing on jazz, gospel/blues, rock/pop, classical and contemporary classical music), theatrical and dance performances. The focus is on bringing together the best that the nation has to offer in the performing arts, making Durham a focal point for creative activity in the Southeast. Concert series focus on common threads held between often disparate ensembles, bringing to light the creative impulses that define the work of modern artists in many genres.
Another facet of DP’s programming is the commissioning of new works by its performing groups, often straddling stylistic boundaries and challenging artists and listeners alike. Perhaps the most notable performances of the 2010-11 season are the final North Carolina appearances of the state’s own Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which has made waves since 1953 when it formed in partnership with iconic composer John Cage.
Duke Performances Information
- Venues: Reynolds Industries Theatre, Page Auditorium, Duke Chapel, Shaefer Lab Theatre, the Rare Book Room, and Nelson Music Room
- Public Transportation: Varies depending on venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Varies depending on venue
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 75 events presented annually
- Ticket Prices: Varies widely (free-$50) depending on event and venue. Generally $5 for Duke students
- Subscriptions/Membership: ‘Pick 4’ offers a 20% discount on purchases of 4 or more separate events at one time. Discounts to additional events (Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Abbey Theatre performances) with combined purchase of Pick 4 and any other event tickets. A number of classical series subscriptions also available, to any of three series: Piano Recital Series, Duke Artist Series, and Chamber Arts Society.