Artists in Residence

Each year, Duke Performances partners with a range of campus and community organizations to coordinate over 120 distinct artist residency events. We bring world-class artists to Duke classrooms and public forums in ways that directly enrich the life of our vibrant city and community.

Featured Residencies

Dance Heginbotham
& Maira Kalman

The acclaimed New York-based contemporary dance company Dance Heginbotham, and illustrator and painter Maira Kalman, participate in a weeklong residency March 19-24 on Duke’s campus and in the Durham community around their collaboration on their work, The Principles of Uncertainty, to be presented at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

Black Atlantic

From March 26-31, Duke Performances hosts its inaugural Black Atlantic festival, a six-day event in downtown Durham exploring the music of Africa and the diaspora through the Americas. In addition to the performances, the festival will feature a number of free public events, including a keynote, a pre-performance Bachata dance class, a discussion on the history of cultural exchange between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and a demonstration and conversation with participating artists Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo.

New Course, Spring 2018!

Introduction to Performing Arts Management & Entrepreneurship
with instructor Eric Oberstein, Associate Director, Duke Performances | GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY-winning Producer | Duke Alum

Are you considering a career in the performing arts, arts management, or arts entrepreneurship?

Are you interested in learning about the business and entrepreneurial aspects of the arts?

Are you thinking about producing and launching your own artistic project?

Learn more …

Duke Performances Curriculum Enrichment Awards

Each year, Duke Performances partners with more than 30 faculty across a range of departments and academic units to coordinate 120 distinct residency events, reaching over 2,000 Duke students. We bring world-class artists to Duke classrooms and public forums in ways that directly enrich campus and community life. As an organization, we believe strongly that engagement with the arts, and the dynamics of live performance, creates context for learning and inquiry, facilitating collisions between ideas and animating course material. For the 2017/18 academic year, Duke Performances solicits proposals from Duke faculty and graduate instructors for three competitive grants. View the guidelines & application details.

August 12, 2017
Duke Performances Announces Recipients of 2017/18 Curricular Awards

Duke Performances is pleased to announce the 2017/18 faculty recipients of its inaugural curriculum enrichment awards: Marcia Rego (Thompson Writing Program), Chris Sims (Center for Documentary Studies), and Laurent Dubois (History, Romance Studies). 



2017/18 Artists in Residence

Talking Music & Dance

Learn more about Talking Music & Dance, a collaborative series from Duke Performances and Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, featuring public conversations with visiting artists.

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