We are thrilled to be a part of the American Dance Festival’s 2024 Season.


Since 1934, the American Dance Festival has been a recognized leader in modern dance presenting dance performances, and offering educational opportunities and community programs, while maintaining an international reach.

Two dancers wearing feather boas are waltzing together. The dancer in the back is wearing a long sleeved blue shirt, pink boa, and white eye mask. The dancer in the front has a long brown pony tail, a pink shirt, and a white feathered boa.

Photo by Slater Mapp

Program: enVISION: The Next Chapter
ADF-Commissioned World Premiere
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission
Tickets: $27


enVISION: The Next Chapter is an immersive interdisciplinary performance that relies not on sight or sound but on the felt sense of sonic experiences and visual perceptions. In a collective creative process, the work has brought together a team of collaborators around two questions: Can we listen to what we see? Can we see what we hear? Conceived explicitly with and for individuals who are low-vision and blind, as well as low-hearing and deaf, the work proposes a new multisensory experience of dance and theater. The work will be presented to a live audience who can choose to experience the show blindfolded or with earbuds, and six audience members will be invited to join the experience onstage. This ADF commission builds on enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight, which premiered at ADF in 2022.

“This imaginative and immersive performance literally presents the audience with a new sensorial way to experience dance and theater.”
– Kim Jackson, Beltline to Broadway

Join us for the ADF-Commissioned World Premiere of enVISION: The Next Chapter, an innovative, professional dance-theatre experience like no other!

Friday, July 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 pm | Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm | Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 pm
Friday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 pm | Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 pm | Sunday, July 28 at 7:30 pm

Running Time: 50 minutes, no intermission

Doors open 45 minutes before showtimes for pre show experiences.


Click HERE for PDF Program

Click HERE for Digital Program

Click HERE for the Script

Venue Accessibility: The Fruit is accessible to wheelchair users. Ushers are strategically placed to assist with ease of access and crowd flow throughout the space. Accessible seating may be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the Box Office. Please contact the University Box Office at least one business day in advance to request seats near the front of the theater. They will reserve a space for you and up to three companions.

ASL Greeters: For patrons who use ASL, a live American Sign Language Interpreter will be present to welcome folks during the preshow experiences for all show dates excluding Saturday July 20th evening and Saturday July 27th matinee performances.

Programs: Large print and braille programs will be available at the performance. The performance will begin with an audio program and captions which will be visible to the SIGHT seating area.

Sensory Seating Design: Seating is general admission. Audience members will have the opportunity to self-select the sensory seating area they prefer. The SOUND seating area has been designed to amplify the experience auditorily. The SIGHT seating area has been designed to amplify the experience visually and vibrationally. There are a limited number of seats in each section. Early arrival is recommended for choice seating. 

Audio Description and ASL: The show is created to be accessible to the Blind and Deaf communities both as performers and audience members, there is not traditional audio description or ASL but access is layered into the work and part of the creative process.  Open captions will be projected and visible only to the SIGHT seating area.

Parking: The venue has a few allotted handicap parking spaces next to a ramped entryway. Parking is available free of charge (after 6 PM during the week and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday) in the parking lot for Durham Health and Human Services located at E. Main St. and S. Dillard St.; the entrance to the lot is off of S. Dillard St. Additionally, there is nearby street parking on Ramseur St. and S. Dillard St.

Image Description: The image portrays four individuals, with one of them holding a rectangular window with the three others standing on the other side. The setting has a hazy appearance, with a blue-green tint dominating the image. The window is aged and weathered, featuring a dirty and textured surface with visible scratches and stains. The person holding the window is only visible from the back, with their dark hair partially visible. The three other individuals are seen through the window, their expressions and features somewhat distorted due to the dirty surface of the window. The light in the image creates a calm, almost dreamlike atmosphere with a blur throughout the overall scene.

Photo by Slater Mapp

enVISION: The Next Chapter by ShaLeigh Comerford is co-commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works, and has been made possible in part by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the North Carolina Arts Council, Triangle Community Foundation’s Education & Youth Grant Program, and South Arts in partnership with the NEA and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The arts are back in North Carolina. The Spark the Arts grant promotes audience inclusion and reengagement in the arts.

We would also like to thank our invaluable community partners Arts Access, Dark Room Ballet, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, The Reality Center, and Vision InSights.