Duke Performances

ANNOUNCING: 2022 FALL SEASON


Duke Performances is proud to present 24 performances this fall by world-renowned artists on the stages of Duke University, downtown Durham, and beyond. Our fall 2022 season offers varied and dynamic experiences in music, dance, theater, and performance art starting Saturday, Sept. 10. Previously-announced concert series include Duke Performances’ free four-show series at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheater beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, and the eight-presentation 2022–23 Chamber Arts Series, which returns to Baldwin Auditorium Sept. 17.

Pre-sale for Joey Alexander, SITI Company, and Traces, as well as renewing Chamber Arts Series subscriptions, starts on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 12 p.m. New Chamber Arts Series subscriptions will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Single tickets for all fall shows go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at dukeperformances.org.

Photo by Kristi Jane Hooper;
SITI Company: The Medium, performing Sep. 13

The season features several landmark celebrations, including the farewell tour of ensemble theater group SITI Company with their 1993 work The Medium (Sep. 13), an exploration of the effect of the media and technology on our perceptions that proved to be ahead of its time. This seminal work will powerfully complement Dökk (Nov. 13), a live, multimedia performance by the Italian digital art studio fuse*, which utilizes data synthesized in real time from the performer’s biometrics and social media. We will mark the 100th birthday year of jazz giant Charles Mingus with two performances by the Mingus Big Band — the first in Page Auditorium at Duke (Oct. 22) and the second at The Knight Theater in Charlotte (Oct. 23). Beloved Swiss mime troupe MUMMENSCHANZ will celebrate a half-century of enchanting stagecraft with a production aptly titled 50 Years (Oct. 30), showcasing the most popular theatrical moments in their long history, creating a joyful experience for all ages.

Audiences will have the opportunity to witness a wide range of global musical talent, beginning with Indonesian jazz pianist and composer Joey Alexander (Sep. 10), fresh from the release of his 6th acclaimed studio album, Origins, featuring all-original compositions.

The GRAMMY-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds (Sep. 30) will cap their multi-year stint as Ensemble in Residence at Duke with two newly commissioned works that explore the legacy of immigration and the African diaspora. Celebrated Zimbabwean female a cappella group Nobuntu (Oct. 16) will fill Baldwin Auditorium with joyous harmony, and French-Tunisian jazz composer and saxophonist Yacine Boulares will bring his new project, A Night in Tunisia (Oct. 21), melding Jazz, Soul, and Funk with the native tongue and rhythms of Tunisia. Celebrated saxophonist Gary Bartz and multi-GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon will headline a two-day celebration at Hayti Heritage Center of the late jazz pianist Yusuf Salim (Oct. 28-29), who helped establish a thriving, nationally visible jazz community here in Durham. Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and dancer Okaidja Afroso will dive into his cultural roots with Jaku MumorAncestral Spirit (Nov. 6), a new work commissioned by Duke in which Afroso collaborates directly with the indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen of his hometown of Kokrobite in Ghana.

In addition to the phenomenal line-up of the Chamber Arts Society’s 2022-23 Series, the fall season features classical music events by The Ciompi Quartet of Duke University (Nov. 12), featuring clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langois, and two of the world’s most renowned choral ensembles: Vox Luminis (Oct. 26) and Tallis Scholars (Dec. 6) in Duke Chapel.

The season also includes three global theatrical events, including two works by Senegalese economist, writer, and Duke Romance Studies faculty member Felwine Sarr: Traces: Address to African Nations (Sep. 17) and Liberté: I Will Have Inhabited Your Dream Until the Last Evening (Oct. 1). Acclaimed theater troupe Makuyeika Creativo Teatral brings their intimate poetic play Andares (Oct. 5) to the PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council for a close-up exploration of some of Mexico’s most remote corners.

The fall season concludes with Emanuel Gat Dance’s LOVETRAIN2020 (Dec. 7), a lively choreographic ode to the 80s set to the music of Tears for Fears. This production is presented in partnership with American Dance Festival, Carolina Performing Arts, Duke Arts, and NC State LIVE – the first ever artistic collaboration among these institutions. It is currently available online at carolinaperformingarts.org.

Cover Photo and Above Photo by Julia Gat. Emanuel Gat Dance Company; LOVETRAIN2020. Performing Dec. 7.

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FALL 2022 SEASON SCHEDULE

Including four free presentations at American Tobacco Amphitheater

Emanuel Gat Dance’s LOVETRAIN2020 is currently on sale. Pre-sale begins Tuesday, August 16 at 11 a.m. for Joey Alexander, SITI Company: The Medium, and Traces. All other events go on sale on Tuesday, August 30 at 11 a.m. at dukeperformances.org.

ORQUESTA K’CHE
Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.*
American Tobacco Amphitheater
Genre: Latin Dance Music (Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, Latin Jazz, and Hot Salsa)
*Free Pre-Show Salsa Dance Lesson at 5:30 p.m.

JOEY ALEXANDER
Saturday, September 10 at 8 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium
Genre: Jazz

SITI COMPANY: THE MEDIUM
Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Page Auditorium
Genre: Theater

SAMARA JOY
Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Amphitheater
Genre: Jazz

TRACES: ADDRESS TO AFRICAN NATIONS
Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
von der Heyden Studio Theater
Genre: Theater

CAITLYN SMITH
Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Campus
Genre: Country Music

ZACH PERSON
Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Campus
Genre: Rock & Roll, Blues

IMANI WINDS
Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium
Genre: Wind Ensemble

LIBERTÉ: I WILL HAVE INHABITED YOUR DREAM UNTIL THE LAST EVENING
Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m.
Page Auditorium
Genre: Multidisciplinary Theater, Afrobeat, Funk

ANDARES
Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council
Genre: Theater

NOBUNTU
Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium
Genre: A Cappella, Soul, Gospel, African Folk

NIGHT IN TUNISIA
Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium
Genre: Jazz, Soul, Funk, Rap, North African

MINGUS BIG BAND
Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m.
Page Auditorium

Sunday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
Charlotte, NC
Genre: Jazz

VOX LUMINIS
Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Duke Chapel
Genre: Vocal Ensemble

MOONCHILD: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE & MUSIC OF YUSUF SALIM
Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 at 4 p.m.
Hayti Heritage Center
Genre: Jazz

MUMMENSCHANZ: 50 YEARS
Sunday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Page Auditorium
Genre: Theater, Mime, Puppetry

OKAIDJA AFROSO: JAKU MUMOR – ANCESTRAL SPIRIT
Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
Page Auditorium
Genre: Ghanian Music, Film

THE CIOMPI QUARTET OF DUKE UNIVERSITY
Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium
Genre: String Quartet

FUSE: DÖKK
Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
Page Auditorium
Genre: Theater, Multimedia, Dance

TALLIS SCHOLARS
Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Duke Chapel
Genre: Vocal Ensemble

EMANUEL GAT DANCE: LOVETRAIN 2020
Wednesday, December 7 at 8 p.m.
Memorial Hall
Carolina Performing Arts in Chapel Hill
Genre: Contemporary Dance

2022-23 CHAMBER ARTS SEASON SCHEDULE

Subscribe by Sept. 9 and receive tickets to all eight presentations for the discounted price of $225. Subscription renewals begin Tuesday, August 16 at 11 a.m. New subscriptions are available beginning Tuesday, August 23. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at dukeperformances.org. All Chamber Arts Series presentations are in Baldwin Auditorium.

ROLSTON STRING QUARTET
Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.

DANISH STRING QUARTET
Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m.

ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.

POULENC TRIO
Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m.

CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET
Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

TETZLAFF-TETZLAFF-VOGT TRIO
Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

LEONARD ELSCHENBROICH
(CELLO)
Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

JERUSALEM QUARTET
Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.