Bates Dance Festival
Founded in 1982, Bates Dance festival (BDf) is a leading presenter of contemporary dance in northern New England. BDf brings together over 60 dance artists with 350 participants from around the globe and 5,000 audience members from across the state and region, for an intensive six-week season. The festival includes a performance series of internationally acclaimed contemporary dance, adult professional training, workshops for teen dancers and local youth, extensive community outreach activities, and commissioning and creative time residencies.
The Bates Dance festival builds and nurtures artistic relationships in an effort to provide sustained support, peer engagement and a creative home. BDf director Shoshona Currier consults with artists, festival participants and colleagues to invite new artists into the BDf community, and a committee of choreographers often recommends new artists for our programs. Planning for residencies is done in collaboration with the artists to best meet our individual and shared goals.