Lar Lubovitch to be honored by ADF

Lar Lubovitch to be honored with major award by American Dance FestivalThe American Dance Festival (ADF) announced this month that it will present the 2016 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement to Lar Lubovitch. Established in 1981 by Samuel H. Scripps, the annual award honors choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of modern dance.


Lubovitch’s work, acclaimed throughout the world, is renowned for its musicality, emotional style, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice. The award will be presented to Lubovitch in a brief ceremony on Monday, July 11 at 7 pm prior to his company’s performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center.


“We are exceptionally delighted to honor Lar Lubovitch with this award,” stated ADF Director Jodee Nimerichter. “For decades, his breathtaking work has drawn audiences with its big, full-bodied, fluid movement, and year after year, he continues to draw the best dancers in the industry to perform his gorgeous works.”


Founded in 1934, ADF is an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, students, critics, musicians and scholars to learn and create in a supportive environment. ADF has been presenting the best in modern dance for 83 years.


Over the past 35 years, the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award has been presented to many dance luminaries, including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Erick Hawkins, Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, Pina Bausch, Garth Fagan, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and William Forsythe.


Photo: Lar Lubovitch. Photo by NYC Dance Project.