All Projects

Joe Henry

For three decades, the prolific singer, songwriter, producer, and author Joe Henry has been reshaping a working definition of American music that is as rich as that of his any of his peers. In a unique three-day residency with Duke Performances, Henry will examine his artistry from several distinct angles.

JACK Quartet

Duke Performances will host the third visit by NY-based JACK Quartet in year one of a two-year, six-part residency featuring readings and recordings of new works by Duke’s graduate composers.

Lost Bayou Ramblers

September 6 – 9, 2017 Made possible, in part, with a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts & the North Carolina Arts Council. …


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.

New York Polyphony

The day prior to their performance with pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Stefan Jackiw, New York Polyphony will perform readings of new works by Duke’s graduate composition students in the Department of Music.

Antony Hamilton
& Alisdair Macindoe

Award-winning Australian choreographer Antony Hamilton and sound designer, instrument builder, and dancer Alisdair Macindoe will engage with the Duke Dance Program and the Pratt School of Engineering around their new work, MEETING.

Murs & 9th Wonder

In the days leading up to his performance at Motorco Music Hall on Thursday, February 8 with longtime collaborator and Durham icon 9th Wonder, acclaimed Los Angeles rapper Murs will take part in several Duke class visits and a public conversation.


February 19 – 25, 2018 Upstart Brooklyn theater company Bedlam brings its kinetic, interactive productions of Hamlet (on February 22, 24, and 25) and Saint Joan (on February 23 and …

& The Nubatones

In a weeklong residency in Durham, Alsarah & The Nubatones participate in two daylong visits to the Durham School of the Arts, Duke Arabic and Public Policy classes, a percussion workshop, a free public conversation at Beyù Caffè in downtown Durham, and other engagements.

Lorelei Ensemble

March 2 – 10, 2018 Boston’s heralded eight-voice Lorelei Ensemble comes to Duke in March 2018 to perform THE_OPER&, a new genre-defying work by Duke professors John Supko (Music) and …

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.

Nina Chanel Abney

The first visiting artist in the Ruby is Chicago-born painter Nina Chanel Abney, whose large-scale paintings take on some of today’s most pressing social justice issues.

Shai Wosner

On Friday, February 23, acclaimed Israeli-born, New York-based pianist Shai Wosner leads a free and open-to-the-public piano master class in Baldwin Auditorium with Duke student musicians.

Nathaniel Dorsky

Nathaniel Dorsky, an eminent filmmaker known for silent film, visits Duke to screen four distinct programs of his work on four consecutive nights and work with students in the MFA EDA program.

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.

Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars residency at Duke will include a choral music master class with celebrated conductor Peter Phillips and culminate in the performance of War and Peace, a program of music in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in Duke Chapel on Wednesday, April 11.


Tuesday, April 2 thru Thursday, April 4, 2019 Habibi is presented as part of Duke Performances’ Building Bridges Initiative. Funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art …

Brother Ali

Monday, March 4 thru Thursday, March 7, 2019 Brother Ali is presented as part of Duke Performances’ Building Bridges Initiative. Funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic …

Manual Cinema

Tuesday, February 5 thru Saturday, February 9, 2019Tuesday, March 19 thru Saturday, March 23, 2019 The Manual Cinema residency is made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke …

American Ballet Theatre

Made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Jenny L. Semans Koortbojian Trust in coordination with Duke Arts—Office of the Vice Provost of the …

JACK Quartet

Tuesday, November 13 thru Thursday, November 15, 2018Tuesday, February 19 thru Thursday, February 21, 2019Tuesday, April 23 thru Thursday, April 25, 2019 Made possible, in part, with support from the …

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Over the course of three 2018/2019 visits, acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown and her company will participate in dance classes, public conversations, and visits to local high schools — providing Duke and Durham an opportunity to engage with an artist working at the vanguard of American dance.


Acclaimed Sudanese-American emcee and producer Oddisee comes to Durham this October for a weeklong residency featuring visits to Duke and Hillside High School classes, a free public conversation, and a full-band performance at Motorco Music Hall.

Amir ElSaffar & Hamid Al-Saadi

Iraqi-American jazz trumpeter, santur player, and composer Amir ElSaffar is joined by Hamid Al-Saadi, one of the last living masters of the Iraqi maqam tradition, for three days of residency and a culminating performance in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center.

Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy

This September, iconic Louisville-based singer-songwriter Will Oldham gives a pair of intimate public talks at Durham’s SoundPure Studios, where he will dissect his approach to songwriting and recording. The three-day residency concludes with a full-length concert at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium.

Black Atlantic 2019

Monday, March 25 thru Saturday, March 30, 2019 Black Atlantic is made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Duke Africa Initiative. Last season, …

Tessa Mars

Haitian artist Tessa Mars makes her first significant visit to the United States as part of Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, an event series paired with an art exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery (on view through mid-November).SHARE 

Édouard Duval-Carrié

Miami-based Haitian artist Édouard Duval-Carrié is in Durham for Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, an event series paired with an art exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery (on view through mid-November).

Ciompi Quartet

Since its founding in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi, the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University has delighted audiences and impressed critics around the world. All its members are professors …

Jason Moran

Thursday & Friday, September 13 & 14, 2018 Jason Moran Fats Waller Dance Party is co-sponsored by StArt of Cool, Museum of Durham History, Duke Department of African & African …

Farmworkers in North Carolina

A collaboration between students and immigrant artist Cornelio Campos to create a mural showing the struggles, contributions, and histories of the Native American, Black, and Hispanic communities in farm work around North Carolina and the United States.