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.

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Duke Performances commemorates the centenary of jazz icon and North Carolina native Thelonious Monk through “MONK@100,” a ten-day festival at Durham Fruit & Produce Company in downtown Durham from Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 26, featuring performances by leading figures in jazz, jam sessions, and a public conversation.

Pharoahe Monch

Queens-based hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch reunites with Brooklyn’s ten-piece PitchBlak Brass Band for a performance on Thursday, November 2 at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater. Leading up to the concert, Monch will participate in a three-day residency to include Duke class visits and a public conversation.

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.

Rego, Sims, Dubois

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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