Ben McKeown
Les Ballet Afrik

Presented by American Dance Festival
FRIDAY, JUNE 28  |   7:00 
SATURDAY, JUNE 29  |   7:30 *Post-Performance Discussion


$45 / $30

Reserved Seating
Eligible for Pick 4


Reynolds Industries Theater
Duke West Campus

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New York is Burning

Back by popular demand, Les Ballet Afrik’s New York is Burning draws inspiration from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning and its depiction of voguing as a powerful expression in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. New York is Burning reflects the aspirations of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by health, racial, and financial crises. Highlighting the importance of community and connection to ancestry, Les Ballet Afrik provides a space for individual expression and radical acceptance.

"As the first ballroom experience at the Joyce Theatre, Wiles makes history, and continues to claim space. The message is simple: everyone should have the opportunity to live and to be loved. ‘Just open the door, because I’m definitely going to walk through,’ says Wiles.” – Dance Magazine
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Estimated run time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Photo Credit: Ben McKeown